Finding Home

Winner 'Best Album' 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

“A stunning album…Kate Williams’ writing for the trio and strings is pure perfection…Georgia’s heartwarming and emotional voice…is able to convey the meaning of a song with such passion and conviction… add[ing] a depth to the lyric that could otherwise be missed in lesser hands.”  Jazz Views

Finding Home is Georgia’s collaboration with award-winning pianist/composer Kate Williams (Bobby Wellins, Stan Sulzmann, Pete Hurt Jazz Orchestra) in a collection of songs, old and newly co-written, arranged for voice, piano trio, string quartet and guitar, linked by the many concepts of Finding Home. The album features the impressive Guastalla Quartet and a guest appearance from Kate’s father, classical guitarist John Williams.

Kate’s multi-layered compositions and arrangements reveal their deeper narrative within Georgia’s searing lyric writing and emotive live performances. From the tragedy of the refugee crisis to romantic spoken word groove, reworked classics from Chile, Brazil and the Great American Songbook and a focus on the natural world, loss and hope: Finding Home prompts many questions and delivers multiple answers. 

At its heart is a striking trilogy of songs (The Last Boy on Earth, Halfway, We Walk), seen through the eyes of children, that were inspired by stories and events Georgia was told first hand, witnessed or learnt about during time spent volunteering with refugee groups in Northern France and the UK during the last 3 years.

Complementing this narrative quest for peace and freedom are: Tell The River (a new ballad from Georgia’s collaboration with pianist/composer Alan Broadbent following their lauded 2017 Songbook) and Chilean songwriter and activist Victor Jara’s iconic Caminando, Caminando.

Bookending the album are two further Williams/Mancio originals (One For The Bees and Play) that outline the importance of the natural world and our place in it. 

The title track, a spoken word love song, is a reminder that home is both a visceral and literal state, a person and place, local and global – all illustrated to stunning effect by Alban Low’s bespoke artwork and graphics. 

Listen

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One For The Bees1.00
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Caminando, Caminando1.00
3.
No More Blues1.00
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Don’t Go To Strangers1.00
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The Last Boy On Earth1.00
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Halfway1.00
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We Walk (Slow Dawn)1.00
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The Key1.00
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Finding Home1.00
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Heartwood1.00
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Tell The River1.00
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Play1.00

Press

“[a] meticulous and poignant collaboration…their conveyance of so many moods in these twelve tracks can easily catch one emotionally off guard, with a depth transcending mere ‘song’….a recording which again identifies Georgia Mancio as one of UK jazz’s most accomplished vocalists.” London Jazz News

“This is not an album that is jazz, classical, pop music or any other label that some may wish to try and pigeon-hole it into .. it is simply great music that all can find a connection with, or even their story within.  Once again, Kate and Georgia are setting the bar impossibly high”  Jazzviews

“sheen-and-shimmer counterpoint of well-arranged small-group strings [with] Mancio’s clear diction and precise phrasing”  4**** Financial Times

“compositions are multifaceted and surprising…[with Mancio] in full, emotive voice” 4**** Evening Standard

“An intelligent and evocative work that covers many stylistic bases musically, whilst also tackling social and environmental issues with subtlety and sensitivity”  The Jazz Mann

Plenty to enjoy and much to think about. Lovely music.” 4**** Jazzwise

“In the last analysis, it is just great music and one of the best syntheses of music and words that I’ve heard in a long time”  Sandy Brown Jazz

“Delightful…The album really is a lovely package, too, featuring original artwork by Alban Low, …Everything one might have expected from this collaboration, and more besides.”  Kind of Jazz 4 ****

“a strong mix … comprising original material written by Kate and Georgia and reinforcing their tough musical compatibility”  4**** Jazz Journal

“Georgia imbues Kate’s multi-layered compositions and arrangements with deep clarity in the narrative and lyrics… There is an essence of maturity in this album…Music is an art, the musician the craftsmen and women, and on Finding Home there is a sense of being at a masterclass. Great music”  Something Else Reviews

“A cracking album… that  I found to be delightful in a thought-provoking way”  Bebop Spoken Here

Credits

piano Kate Williams  voice Georgia Mancio  

violin John Garner  violin Marie Schreer 

viola Francis Gallagher  cello Sergio Serra 

bass Oli Hayhurst  drums David Ingamells

guitar John Williams (on tracks 2 and 7)

 

All arrangements by Kate Williams

Artwork by Alban Low

Produced by Kate Williams, Georgia Mancio and Andrew Cleyndert

© KW Jazz 2019