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China Lane

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China Lane
China Lane


'China Lane' is the debut album from singer-songwriter and violinist Alice Zawadzki. Written and arranged over five years, it encompasses a rich collection of influences - from ancient Sephardic songs about loss, exodus and prejudice and Bartok-inspired folk stories dealing with young love to Zawadzki's modern fairy tales full of mischief, whimsy, obsession and magic.

The supporting cast on China Lane features a stellar combination of band mates and long-term collaborators from the jazz world - Alex Roth (guitar), Kit Downes (Hammond), Andreas Lang (bass), and Jon Scott (drums) - who each bring playfulness and cohesion to the repertoire.

Alice's compositions range from the trip-hop inspired "Cat" and "Ring of Fire", with its driving interplay between Downes, Scott and Lang that brings the detailed folk melodies into a soulful jam, to "You As A Man" with compositional influences from Steve Coleman's M-Base that intensify the song's poignant lyrics. The album is carefully and skilfully augmented with layers of cello, violin and additional voices; the soaring wordless vocals of Emilia Mårtensson and Fini Bearman together with Alex Roth's tender solo guitar serve to create the cinematic atmosphere in "Low Sun; Lovely Pink Light".

A unique performer and gifted storyteller, Alice Zawadzki's star is set to rise with the release of 'China Lane'. It is a brave and assured debut that takes the listener on a journey of love, compassion, conflict and joy.

Personnel: Alice Zawadzki (vocals, violin, piano), Alex Roth (guitar), Kit Downes (Hammond), Andreas Lang (bass), Jon Scott (drums), Shirley Smart (cello), Emilia Martensson, Fini Bearman (vocals), and others


  1. Name
  2. Ring of Fire
  3. Cat
  4. Indome Para Marsilia
  5. Dicho Me Habian Dicho
  6. Low Sun; Lovely Pink Light
  7. You As A Man
  8. China Lane
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