'What the Church Bells Saw...'
Composed & performed by Julie Sassoon
Recorded by RBB Kulturradio - live at the Neue Synagoge, Oranienburgerstrasse, Berlin
"The sounds rise up from silence, from a far away place, from a different time, until they land in the present where they begin to glow. Watching Julie Sassoon play, one has the impression that the piano will consume her completely. From hidden depths she unearths the sounds, one by one, she threads them into chains, bundles them up into sound clusters, and lets them slide gently back into silence.” Bert Noglik - Berlin Jazz Festival Director
British pianist/composer Julie Sassoon’s recent release on the Berlin Jazzwerkstatt Label Is a live solo piano CD entitled ‘Land of Shadows’. The music explores her German-Jewish identity - a theme that has become a prominent part of her artistic work since her move from London to Berlin in 2009. RBB Kulturradio recorded and broadcasted her concert at the main synagogue in Berlin – (part of her Spring 2012 German Tour.) Performances at the Bauhaus, Dessau and the Loft in Cologne are also included on the CD. The result is a highly emotive and unique album.
Her debut solo piano album ‘New Life’ on Babel received rave reviews and was voted among the top ten favourite international albums in Jazzwise Magazine.
The solo gig she shared with Oregon at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the London Jazz Festival was described as ‘one of the most inspired pairings of the festival’ and received a 5 star Evening Standard review and a BBC radio 3 broadcast.
Julie returned to the London Jazz Festival in November where she gave her first UK performance of "Land of Shadows". She shared the evening with the wonderful Enrico Pieranunzi. It was a great success … listed in the Guardian amongst the top ten highlights of the festival.