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Sarah Jane Morris – Compared To What

Sarah Jane’s latest album, Compared To What was launched on October 26 2016 in London’s Kings Place and is a collaboration with world-renowned acoustic guitarist Antonio Forcione.

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Watch the video about the making of the album:

Compared To What is the result of a fruitful and varied songwriting collaboration. It covers a number of topical social issues and many of the songs have an emotional intensity which reflects the deep concern both artists feel for the refugee tragedy. One song in particular deals with the boat people – a drama most keenly felt in Antonio’s home country of Italy – with Sarah Jane and Antonio acting as tribunes of conscience. This sense of witness evokes many of Sarah Jane’s most passionately felt songs from the recent past, and in new material Antonio adds his own awareness and artistic response. Compared To What also includes some wry comedy, love songs and some memorable covers, notably by Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan.

Here are two live recordings from the new album:

Sarah Jane and Antonio have each been compared to an impressive array of musical geniuses including Janice Joplin and Tom Waits (vocally) as well as Jimi Hendrix (instrumentally) – a comparison Antonio wears with pride. Django Reinhardt also comes to mind. Channelling their energies together as a duo, they share audiences in Italy, Britain, and all over the world, giving loyal fans the chance to experience favourite songs with a new twist, as well as attracting new audiences with the strength and artistry of this unique partnership.

Antonio Forcione

Sarah Jane Morris with Antonio ForcioneForcione’s rise to recognition is a tale of talent, passion, and a relentless ferocity in his determination to wring every possible sound and emotion from the guitar. The result? A cocktail of dazzling virtuosity, ferocious rhythms and a burning spiritual aspiration coupled with a touch of natural humour. His sixteen albums and numerous awards not to mention his charity concerts have made him a much loved performer who never fails to capture his audience’s imagination and hearts.

International tours have brought high critical acclaim from as far as Australia and Hong Kong to Russia, the Caribbean, USA and all over Europe. Artistic, intense, and formidably inventive, Antonio is a performer of genuine distinction. Ever unpredictable, his is a celebration of the unexpected elements in life, a music of rare delicacy, humour and, not least, passion.