Finding Home: Kate Williams & Georgia Mancio

Sun, June 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

“. . . the immaculate Mancio . . . the brilliant Kate Williams . . . an emotionally-charged set.” – Jazz Views

“It is something very special to hear their teamwork come to fruition.” – London Jazz

An award-winning team of two of the UK’s leading artists, pianist/composer Kate Williams and vocalist/lyricist Georgia Mancio, in 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 Arts Council England 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.

‘Finding Home’ includes works from the American Songbook, Chile and Brazil, as well as songs about the natural world, love and loss, and true stories of child refugees leaving their homes and making the often treacherous journeys across Europe. It is a subject close to Georgia’s heart, as she has volunteered with refugee groups in Northern France and the UK these past three years.

This concert is part of Kate and Georgia’s Arts Council England assisted tour promoting the release of their eponymous album.

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).

“. . . the venture has now set its sights unmistakably in the direction of giving primacy to expressiveness and emotion.”
– London Jazz

“impossible not to fall in love with her voice . . . a magnificent example of strength and talent.” – Jazz In Europe

“a wonderful creation . . . a sumptuous sound, rich in texture, and with a strong undercurrent of rhythmic drive.” – London Jazz

“Williams has a quality rare among jazz composers: a musical
vocabulary that’s all her own.” – The Observer ****

Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club
Church Street (off Head Street) - Colchester