Finding Home

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)

Finding Home, Colchester Arts Centre 2019 by Nick Rabett

About Finding Home

“a triumph of integrity and classy musicality” –  The Guardian 4**** 

Finding Home is the award-winning team of two of the UK’s leading artists: pianist/composer Kate Williams (Bobby Wellins, Stan Sulzmann, Pete Hurt Jazz Orchestra) and vocalist/lyricist Georgia Mancio (Alan Broadbent, Ian Shaw, ReVoice! Festival) in a collection of songs, old and newly co-written, arranged for voice, piano trio and string quartet, linked by the many concepts of Finding Home.

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. 

Their eponymous album, released to huge acclaim in June, and featuring special guest guitarist John Williams (Kate’s father), has been described as “meticulous and poignant … with a depth transcending mere ‘song” (London Jazz News). 

Their live debut at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in 2017 received rave reviews including a prized 4 stars from The Guardian 4**** (“a triumph of integrity and classy musicality”) with subsequent appearances at Watermill Jazz, Birmingham Jazz Festival and Wakefield Jazz Club.

Their current Arts Council England assisted tour indicates the breadth of the project and their desire to reach beyond the traditional jazz audience with venues including a school, a museum, a place of worship and community spaces.

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.

next performances:  

10 October Pizza Express Jazz Club, London

8 November Lighthouse, Poole

Live reviews

“What is truly astonishing about this ensemble is the music that is made collectively. This is not jazz or classical music, it is simply music. The pleasure that these remarkable musicians take in performing, and just making music together was clear to see and hear” Jazz Views (Bolton Abbey 2019)

“Georgia sings … with a grace, a musicality and an authenticity that are very affecting”  LondonJazz (606 Club 2019)

“[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)

“Subtly stylish jazz pianist and composer Kate Williams has joined up with quietly intense singer Georgia Mancio to create musically sophisticated songs of love and loss”  The Telegraph

 “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)

“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)

 

Album  

1.
One For The Bees 1.00
2.
Caminando, Caminando 1.00
3.
No More Blues 1.00
4.
Don’t Go To Strangers 1.00
5.
The Last Boy On Earth 1.00
6.
Halfway 1.00
7.
We Walk (Slow Dawn) 1.00
8.
The Key 1.00
9.
Finding Home 1.00
10.
Heartwood 1.00
11.
Tell The River 1.00
12.
Play 1.00

“[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

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

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

“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.” 4 **** Kind of Jazz  

“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

Artwork & design by Alban Low

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