Sarah Jane Morris & Antonio Forcione: Compared To What
Sarah Jane Morris and Antonio Forcione will come together in a worldwide tour to promote the launch of their collaborative album: Compared to What. Individually, the duo have been compared to an impressive array of musical geniuses including Janis Joplin and Tom Waits (vocally) as well as Jimi Hendrix (instrumentally)– a comparison Antonio wears with pride. His dexterous fretwork, dovetailed with keen sense of melody and harmony, evokes the likes of Django Reinhardt.
In truth, Sarah Jane and Antonio are great artists in their own right. Channelling their energies together, they share audiences in Italy, Britain, and all over the world. Together they increase their spheres of appreciation, giving loyal fans the chance to experience favourites afresh, as well as attracting new audiences with the strength and artistry of their unique partnership.
“A Slick and impressive show” ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide
“One of the great acoustic guitarists” ★★★★★ The Guardian
“Passion, grace and fire” ★★★★★ The Times
“Album of the month (Nov 2017)” ★★★★★ Guitar Techniques Magazine
“Leave your preconceptions at home,” begins one London critic’s assessment of sensual singer-songwriter Sarah Jane Morris, who straddles rock, blues, jazz and soul with a goosebump-raising four octave range that rumbles from the heels of her size eight shoes to the tips of her flame-red mane. Famed for her association with the Communards in the mid-80s and infamous for a banned rendition of the classic Me and Mrs Jones, Sarah Jane Morris has always attracted as much attention for her politics as for her soul-driven, seismic voice. Many solo albums later, pop stardom on the continent, and a diverse set of musical collaborations on record, film and stage, Morris continues to steer her unorthodox career to greater heights.
Alongside Sarah Jane Morris is the critically acclaimed and world-renowned Antonio Forcione, whose virtuoso guitar playing has spanned an impressive 19 albums and extensive international tours., and has garnered him a mountain of ciritcal acclim that speaks for itself.“That is beautiful” Stevie Wonder
“Possesing the skill, flair and stunning technique of Paco de Lucia and John McClaughlin, with the looks of a low-rent middle aged gigolo” Omid Djalili
“Forcione creates a whole spectrum of sound that you never thought possible from an acoustic guitar. He brings the guitar to life in a way I’d never seen or heard before, extraordinary. He is unique.” Bill Bailey, comedian.
“Antonio possesses all the qualities of a great artist – a virtuoso who plays from the heart” Martin Taylor, guitarist winner of 14 British Jazz Awards
“A voice that can excite shivers of passion and delight … Soaring, swooping, sensual and sophisticated, this voice is more than a style, it’s a force of nature … Torch song, soul standard or smoky blues, the message remains constant: human passion with a dazzling voice.” Neil Spencer, The Observer on Sarah Jane Morris
“A performer of world class status … forceful and with an enviable technique, he takes the guitar to new levels of expression combining its melodic powers with dramatic percussive effects. Forcione boldly goes where no guitarist has gone before and the results are quite spectacular … miss him at your peril”. The Stage on Antonio Forcione
Sunday 6th May 7pm
The Old Market, 11A Upper Market St, Brighton BN3 1AS