“. . . the venture has now set its sights unmistakably in the direction of giving primacy to expressiveness and emotion.”
“. . . the immaculate Mancio . . . the brilliant Kate Williams . . . an emotionally-charged set.” – Jazz Views
“impossible not to fall in love with
her voice . . . a magnificent example of strength and talent.”
- Jazz In Europe
PHOTO: CARL HYDE
Sunday, September 10th, 2023
Finding Home: Kate Williams' Four Plus Three Meets Georgia Mancio
“a wonderful creation . . . a sumptuous sound, rich in texture, and with a strong undercurrent of rhythmic drive.”
“It is something
very special to
"Williams has a quality rare among jazz composers:
vocabulary that's all her own."
– The Observer ****
+ Syrian Kitchen
Our first contribution to this year's Roman River Festival heralds the return of pianist/composer Kate Williams and vocalist/lyricist Georgia Mancio, with their sublime Finding Home project and CD.
"Finding Home really is a wonderful creation . . . a sumptuous sound, rich in texture, and with a strong undercurrent of rhythmic drive," commented London Jazz when reviewing the CD.
In 2019?, Kate and Georgia collated a collection of songs, old and newly co-written, arranged for trio, string quartet and voice, linked by the many concepts - both personal and global - of finding home.
Finding Home is the maturation of Kate and Georgia's 10-year collaboration, with past performances at Ronnie Scott's, Cleethorpes Jazz Festival and a televised broadcast for BBC Radio Scotland’s prestigious Jazz Nights at the Quay.
The project’s debut at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in 2017 received rave reviews, including a prized four stars from The Guardian, followed by subsequent appearances at Watermill Jazz, Birmingham Jazz Festival, Wakefield Jazz Club and the 606 Club.
It follows Kate’s collaboration with the Guastalla Quartet - first as part of Bill Evans And The Impressionists at the 2014 Guildhall Jazz Festival, then her own acclaimed album, Four Plus Three, and ACE assisted tour in 2016. Georgia joins this intriguing group after previous acclaimed guests Mike Outram, Gareth Lockrane and Kate’s father, classical guitar legend John Williams.
Kate’s stunning compositions and arrangements reveal their deeper narrative with 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. The refugee crisis is a subject close to Georgia's heart, as she has volunteered in Northern France and the UK these past three years.
There will be a Pop-Up Syrian Kitchen on the night, serving a limited selection of delicious sweet and savoury food, courtesy of Refugee Action - Colchester.
Kate Williams (Piano), Georgia Mancio (Voice), Oli Hayhurst (Double Bass), David Ingamells (Drums), John Garner (Violin), Marie Schreer (Violin), Francis Gallagher (Viola), Sergio Serra (Cello).
PHOTO: CARL HYDE
Tickets: £16 / £14 Concessions. Students £6 (+ Booking Fees)
Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm