Finding Home: Kate Williams’ Four Plus Three meets Georgia Mancio
Kate Williams (piano), Georgia Mancio (voice), Oli Hayhurst (bass), David Ingamells (drums), John Garner (violin), Marie Schreer (violin), Francis Gallagher (viola), Sergio Serra (cello)
next performances: spring/summer Album Tour 2019 (see below)
“a triumph of integrity and classy musicality” – The Guardian 4**** (Pizza Express 2017)
“[Mancio’s] singing has now reached an almost sublime level, clarity and poise personified, phrasing with the ensemble or soaring over, intimate yet dynamic, her liaison with Williams’ musical line just or jubilant as the song requires…the entire event was a delight” Jazzwise (Watermill Jazz 2019)
“Georgia sings … with a grace, a musicality and an authenticity that are very affecting” LondonJazz (606 Club 2019)
“the venture has now set its sights unmistakably in the direction of giving primacy to expressiveness and emotion” LondonJazz (606 Club 2018)
“a wonderful creation… a sumptuous sound, rich in texture, and with a strong undercurrent of rhythmic drive” – LondonJazz (Birmingham 2018)
“It is something very special to hear their teamwork come to fruition” – LondonJazz (Pizza Express 2017)
“the immaculate Mancio in collaboration with the brilliant pianist, composer and arranger, Kate Williams… presented an emotionally-charged set of originals” – Jazz Views (Pizza Express 2017)
Finding Home is the maturation of Kate and Georgia’s 10 year collaboration with past performances at Ronnie Scotts, Cleethorpes Jazz Festival and a televised broadcast for BBC Radio Scotland’s prestigious Jazz Nights at The Quay. 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.Kate formed Four Plus Three in 2016 having been drawn to the idea of having two bands within one (trio and string quartet) and to realise a longstanding yearning to write for strings. Their eponymous album – featuring the Guastalla Quartet – was released the same year to widespread acclaim with an accompanying Arts Council England assisted tour.
Her intention was also always to expand the line up with invited guest musicians which included her father – classical guitarist John Williams – for whom she composed a set of music for their debut performance together in 2017. One of these tunes, Slow Dawn, became the catalyst for Finding Home when Georgia’s lyrics transformed it into the poignant We Walk – one of two album tracks in which John is featured.
We Walk is the last in a striking trilogy of songs (The Last Boy on Earth, Halfway) inspired by stories and events, seen through the eyes of children, that Georgia was told first hand, witnessed or learnt about during time spent volunteering with refugee groups in Northern France and the UK these 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.
Finding Home 2019 spring/summer Tour
The live debut of Finding Home at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in 2017 received rave reviews including a prized 4 stars from The Guardian with subsequent appearances at Watermill Jazz, Birmingham Jazz Festival and Wakefield Jazz Club.
The choice of venues (including a school, a museum, a place of worship and community spaces) in this Arts Council England tour further indicate the breadth of the project and the desire to reach beyond the traditional jazz audience.
Some dates will be partnered with child refugee charity Safe Passage and/or other local groups and NGOs. The performances at the Salvation Army, Thornton Heath, include a pay-what-you-can afternoon family concert with the evening concert to include a screening of the acclaimed Calais Children: A Case To Answer.
21 March Portsmouth Grammar School
5 April Foundling Museum, London
14 May Watermill Jazz *** SOLD OUT!
15 May 606 Club, London Album Launch***
31 May Isle Of Wight Jazz Weekend
7 June Calstock Arts Centre ***
9 June Colchester Arts Centre
29 June Salvation Army, Thornton Heath
7 July Frome Festival
13 July Bolton Abbey, Skipton
*** with John Williams (guitar) as part of a double bill
Listen to London Jazz News Podcast 2019