Nubya Garcia: saxophone
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Award winning saxophonist and composer Nubya Garcia has unveiled her lavish, almost 8 minute new single, Pace.
Pace is jointly produced by Garcia and celebrated producer Kwes (Nérija, Bobby Womack, Solange), and features additional instrumentation from her talented bandmates; Joe Armon-Jones (keys), Daniel Casimir (double bass) and Sam Jones (drums). The single is Garcia’s first release on the iconic Concord Records imprint, Concord Jazz.
Pace mimics the hustle and hyper-productivity of modern life, a mode of living that, Garcia reflects, can leave us; “very isolated and disconnected from ourselves and each other”. Contrasting moments of calm act as an antidote, “like sweeping your hands for stillness before you go back out again, on whatever journey you’re on”, and overall Garcia seeks to inspire listeners to “think on what makes each of us joyful, what things we personally reach towards to feel grounded”.
Pace follows Garcia's two highly-acclaimed EPs; 2017’s Nubya’s 5ive and 2018’s When We Are. She is also featured on five of the nine tracks on We Out Here; the landmark compilation celebrating London’s thriving jazz scene.
Born and raised in North London, Nubya Garcia began playing saxophone aged 10. She studied under pianist Nikki Yeoh at Camden Music, before joining Gary Crosby’s Tomorrow’s Warriors in her late teens, and completing her training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music. Garcia won the Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year Award and the Sky Arts Breakthrough Act of the Year Award in 2018, and the Jazz FM UK Jazz Act of the Year Award in 2019. An incredible live performer, she’s toured extensively, playing across the globe. She also has a growing reputation as a DJ thanks to her live sets and residency on NTS Radio.