With an intense and poignant voice, Sarah Jane Morris sends her message of great closeness to the migrants from all the world. It is the cry of solidarity that Pompeii expressed through the video clip recorded in the Small Theater of the ruins and in some rooms of the Villa of the Mysteries, made by the British jazz singer together with the guitarist Antonio Forcione.
The video idea came after a visit to the excavations that left enchanted the artists, who were inspired by the timeless atmosphere of the site. They asked to pay homage to the ancient city with one of their songs, called “The sea”, with a strong social message, dedicated to the tragedy of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea and recorded exclusively for the Pompeii Superintendency. The song is part of the album “Compared to what”, an intense work not only from a musical point of view, but also for the content, with pieces dedicated to sensitive issues such as the refugees, violence against women, insecurity on the future of the times that we live in.
Sarah Jane Morris is a singer who became famous for her participation in the album of the same name of the Communards, in which she duets with Jimmy Somerville in the song “Do not Leave Me This Way”. She recorded some solo albums, which have achieved success especially in Italy and Greece. In 1991 she collaborated in the rock opera The Fall of the House of Usher by Peter Hammill (music) and Judge Smith (pamphlet), in which she played the part of the choir.
Antonio Forcione is a famous Italian guitar player who shared the stage and recorded with some of the world’s most accomplished musicians including Charlie Haden, Angelique Kidjo, Trilok Gurtu, Larry Coryell, Diego el Cigala and many more, as well as supporting giants music stars as Phil Collins, Bobby McFerrin, Zucchero and Van Morrison amongst others.
Together they 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. They also exude a wonderful chemistry when performing together.
The album “Compared To What” is the result of this fruitful and varied songwriting collaboration. It covers a number of traumatic social issues and many songs of emotional intensity, which reflect the urgent concern both artists feel for the tragedy of refugees. Eight tracks on the 12-track album are original material co-written by Morris and Forcione and with some of the lyrics by Johny Brown, Sarah-Jane's long term collaborator. Alongside the songs of conscience, the album includes some wry comedy, love songs and some memorable covers, notably Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and The Police’s classic “Message In A Bottle”.
“Compared To What” touches heights of great musical beauty both in Antonio’s unique virtuoso guitar playing and Sarah-Jane’s legendary octave- spanning voice, now more subtle and persuasive than ever, with range and power undiminished. The album is a triumph of collaboration between two of the most individual and richly talented musicians on the world stage.
You can find below the link to the video:
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