“History-making jazz in a London accent.” – The Guardian

“It’s time to make way for Nubya Garcia, London’s other major voice on the saxophone...” The New York Times

Toronto, ON – May 28, 2020 – Newly signed with Concord Records, under the Concord Jazz imprint, multi-award winning saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, shares a much-anticipated single, Pace. A purposeful composition, the track swings between spatial quietude and intense peaks. The track's relentlessness mimics the hustle of modern life, a mode of living that can leave us collectively “very isolated and disconnected from ourselves and each other,” Garcia says. Stream Pace here and watch the visualizer here.

As an antidote, Garcia sought to “think about what makes each of us joyful, what things we personally reach towards to feel grounded.” Moments of rest are present on the record, expressing the stillness that can be found within - a time to pause and recuperate – before you continue with one’s own individual journey. 

This single is produced by Garcia in collaboration with the celebrated producer, Kwes (Nerija, Bobby Womack, Solange). Garcia returns with Joe Armon-Jones (keys), Daniel Casimir (bass) and Sam Jones (drums).

The single follows her 2018 self-released EP, When We Are, the title track of which was described as “effervescent” by the New York Times and named one of NPR’s Best Songs of 2018. Her debut EP, Nubya’s 5ive, released in 2017, was hailed as “exceptional” by the Vinyl Factory and sold out on vinyl within 24 hours. In 2018, Garcia also featured on five of the nine tracks on We Out Here, the Brownswood compilation project celebrating London’s young and exciting jazz scene. She won the Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year Award and the Sky Arts Breakthrough Act of the Year Award that same year, and took home the Jazz FM UK Jazz Act of the Year Award in 2019. 

Garcia studied under pianist Nikki Yeoh at Camden Music, before joining Gary Crosby’s Tomorrow’s Warriors in her late teens and completed her training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music. She is a member of the contemporary septet, Nerija, and has toured extensively internationally, playing venues and festivals across Latin America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the United States. Garcia’s reputation as a DJ is also burgeoning; she currently helms a hit radio residency on NTS and plays a growing number of live sets across Europe.

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