Thursday, 11 October 2012

Interview: Georgia Mancio on ReVoice! 2012

Tomorrow, the third ReVoice! Festival opens in London. Masterminded by award-winning vocalist/lyricist/producer Georgia Mancio, it is a bringing together of artists from around the world for this international celebration of voice. I caught up with Georgia this week before the festival kicks off.
Georgia Mancio
Photo: Lara Leigh
Almost time for ReVoice! 2012. You must be very proud to see everything all coming together after your hard work. Tell me about some of the artists appearing.
GM: We have a fantastic mix of 
- artists who are more established here: Gregory Porter (returning from ReVoice! 2011); Raul Midon (a jaw-droppingly talented performer who has collaborated with Bill Withers, Shakira and Stevie Wonder no less!); Liane Carroll (our national treasure who has the X, Y and Z factors!) and Jamie Davis (appearances include The Parkinson Show, the BBC and Count Basie Orchestras)
- artists returning to the UK after a long absence: Tuck & Patti (together professionally and personally for 34 years, last played The Union Chapel 10 years ago with none other than Jamie Cullum supporting!) and Jhelisa Anderson (an incredibly evocative performer who survived Hurricane Katrina and here debuts a duo collaboration with pianist/composer, Robert Mitchell)
- artists debuting in the UK: Becca Stevens Band (New York's 'best kept secret' folk, pop, jazz, singer-songwriter) and Mycale (breathtaking all female a cappella quartet from Israel, New York, Morocco and Argentina)

As well as running the festival, you will be performing again each night! Who will you be collaborating with?
GM: Yes my performances are as important to me as the programming side of ReVoice! and I cherish the opportunity to really grow as an artist myself. This year I'm working with musicians I have long admired - Jason Rebello, John Parricelli, Pete Churchill and Liane Carroll.  I'm also continuing to explore the instrumental options of the duo format with Jim Hart on vibes, Andrew Cleyndert and Laurence Cottle on acoustic/electric bass and a new trio with longtime collaborator Gareth Lockrane on flutes and bassist Geoff Gascoyne.  I'm delighted to be opening ReVoice! 2012 with pianist James Pearson: we've been working together for a while and it's always a very special experience.

Pizza Express Jazz Club is a fantastic venue and you are also using Union Chapel for the first time. Do you think using other London venues will become a regular feature of the festival? Any future plans to expand outside London? (I'm thinking ReVoice! London, ReVoice! Manchester, etc.) 
GM: I hope so. Ross Dines, the music manager at The Pizza Express Jazz Club has been pivotal in helping me realise the dream to expand to a larger venue so that we could attract different artists/audiences.  I have definitely been thinking of how to maximise the amazing wealth of jazz musicians in the rest of the UK so the logical thing would be to also use other great musical centres.  Secretly though I have also been dreaming: ReVoice! Paris, ReVoice! New York, ReVoice! Brazil....!!

So it all kicks off on Friday! Will there be tickets on the door? 
GM: You can get tickets on the door for all the Pizza Express shows: Gregory Porter (Friday 12) and Jamie Davis' first night (Saturday 13) are sold out but there are tickets for Jamie's second show (Sunday 14). Liane Carroll (Monday 15) and Becca Stevens (Tuesday 16) are selling fast with Jhelisa Anderson (Wednesday 17) and Mycale (Thursday 18) not far behind!  For Raul Midon (Friday 19) and Tuck & Patti (Saturday 20) tickets need to be bought through the Union Chapel or We Got Tickets.

Georgia, thankyou for taking time out to speak to All Things Cullum. Have a wonderful ReVoice! Festival!
Thank you and yes deep breath, wish me luck!

ReVoice! Festival runs 12-18 October at The Pizza Express Jazz Club and 19 & 20 October  at The Union Chapel.

For more information about the festival and for links to book tickets, visit 

You can read an interview I did with Georgia from 2011 here and visit her website

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