Julie Sassoon

  Julie Sassoon 

   pianist/composer

 

Last year I was very honoured to be asked by Bert Noglik if he could do a one hour radio feature about me and my music for Deutschlandfunk Radio. 
The programme was broadcast on 'JazzFacts'- Deutschlandfunk 

JAZZ FACTS - DEUTSCHLANDFUNK
'Schattenbilder und Himmelsflüge' Die Pianistin Julie Sassoon - von Bert Noglik

You can listen back here...

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1  At the Water Tower
2  Murmuration

'an album which can be counted as one of 2021's top solo piano outings...'    

Dan Mcclenaghan - allaboutjazz.com  

                          

'...it's truly a beautiful thing when ... Sassoon surrenders so completely to her instrument and the moment that, like a medium, reveals mysteries to us in ways both intimate and oceanic...' 

'..."At the Water Tower" is an emotive, forward tumbling elegy of darkness and light. Sledgehammer and flower. While it swirls around you its center stays calm, and from that vantage both pianist and listener watch the world move...'  

Mike Jurkovic - allaboutjazz.com

   

'a moment of pure magic ...'

Geert Ryssen - fullcirclemusic.com

‘…Sassoon has always possessed an uncanny instinct for sidestepping mimicry or cliché…

...in the gliding, airborne "Murmuration" she was flying free... seamlessly evolving through startling harmonic modulations, alternations of staccato and sonorously rolling passages, dreamy reveries quietly punctuated by gleaming treble notes and deep chords, before a Jarrett-like rocking groove takes it out...'

John Fordham

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2021 GIGS

12. June - Julie Sassoon Quartet @ Gruveniushaus - Sassnitz  postponed 

 

17. June - Julie Sassoon + Frank Paul Schubert  @ Terzo Mondo - Berlin

29. August - JSQuartet - Charlotte Salomon Project @ Glad Haus - COTTBUS  -15.00

11. September  -  SOLO @ PEITZ JAZZ FESTIVAL - 17.00

17. September - Sassoon/Kellers Duo @ Nikodemuskirche - BERLIN - 20.00

13. October - Sassoon/Kellers Duo @ Sowieso - 20.00

14. October - JSQuartet - CSP @ Jewish Museum AMSTERDAM  (tbc)

21. Oct - JSQuartet - CSP @ Jüdische Kulturtage - Forum Gestaltung - MAGDEBURG - 19.30

22. Oct - JSQuartet - CSP @ Bunker Ulmenwall - BIELEFELD - 20.30

23. Oct -  JSQuartet - CSP @ Hospitalhof - STUTTGART - 20.00

24. Oct - JSQuartet - CSP @ Alte Synagoge HECHINGEN - 16.00

                                                             Jazz + Klassiktage Tübingen

18. Nov - JSQuartet - ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT @ ZIGZAG - BERLIN - 20.00

25. November  -  JSQuartet - CSP @ Cologne (tba)

26. November  - JSQuartet - CSP @ Van Der Heydt Museum - WUPPERTAL - 19.00

28. Nov - JSQuartet - CSP @ Jüdische Kulturtage  - VIENNA - 11.00 Matinee

 

4. Dec - 'Inside Colours' Duo @ 40. Jubilaum Bayerisches Jazzweekend- REGENSBURG

2020

'Inside Colours Duo' + special guest  Mia Ohlmeier on drums

5.  September  @ Kulturfestival - Lüneburg - 3.30 & 7pm

Julie Sassoon/Willi Kellers Duo 

22. September - double bill with Rolf Kühn  @ InstituteFrancais - Berlin - 20.00 

2. October - Kulturspeicher - Leer  - 19.30  

Solo Piano

15. November - Solo double bill with Sophie Tassignon - Schlot Jazz Club - Berlin - 20.30 - postponed 

 

Julie Sassoon Quartet

6.+7. Nov - Quartet CD Recording @ the Loft - Cologne

8. December - Zigzag Jazz Club - Berlin - postponed

JULIE SASSOON QUARTET - SPRING TOUR  2020

CHARLOTTE SALOMON PROJECT

20 Nov  - Kulturbrauerei - Berlin - 20.00

 

13 Feb - TH Helmholtz-Hörsaal - Ilmenau  - 20.00

14 Feb - Gedenkstätte Mittelbau Dora - Nordhausen - 20.00

14 Feb - Villa Rosenthal - Jena - 20.00

16 Feb - Schleswig-Holstein-Haus - Schwerin - 18.00

17 Feb - ELBPHILHARMONIE - Hamburg - 19.30

18 Feb - Charlotte Salomon Grundschule - Berlin - 19.00

21 Feb - Potsdam Museum (Altes Rathaus) - Potsdam - 20.00

16 Apr - Bunker Ulmenwall - Bielefeld   Postponed to April 2021

17 Apr - Opernfoyer Jazz Series - Wuppertal  (not Charlotte Salomon Project) Postponed to April 2021

25 Apr - Stüler Kirch - Peitz  - 19.00  Postponed 

CHECK OUT THESE VIDEOS OF THE QUARTET  LIVE IN BERLIN!

New Album on Jazzwerkstatt!!

WILLI KELLERS + JULIE SASSOON DUO - 'WAVES'

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Here are some impressions of our quartet tour - playing @ Ruhr, Freiberg and Magdeburg Jazz Festivals - and ending with a wonderful concert at the Elbphilharmonie!!!

Read new live reviews here... 

Ruhr Jazz Festival review...

Magdeburg Jazz Festival review...

2018

6. Sep     Inside Colours Duo  -  ARD Radiofestival 2018 JAZZ - 23:35

                 In April - 'Inside Colours' Duo were invited by the Bayerischer Rundfunk to play a concert at Zoglau3.

                 This concert will be broadcast again on Thursday 6. September - 11:35pm on ARD Radiofestival 2018.

12. Sep   Solo piano @ Schlot - Berlin - 21:00

15. Sep  Solo piano @ ELBPHILHARMONIE - Hamburg - 21:00

16. Sep   Inside colours Duo - Lüneburg - 16:00

6. March  Julie Sassoon-Solo /Conny Bauer Trio @ A-Trane - 9pm - Berlin 

17. March  Julie Sassoon/Willi Kellers Duo @ Ruhr Jazz Festival - Kunstmuseum - 7.30pm - Bochum

22. March  Inside Colours Duo with Lothar Ohlmeier @ B Flat - 9pm -Berlin

6. April  Bayrischer Rundfunk live CD recording of INSIDE COLOURS DUO @ Zoglau 3 - 8pm

Julie Sassoon Quartet

8. April  RUHR JAZZ FESTIVAL - Bochum

13. April  FREIBERG JAZZ FESTIVAL - Freiberg

20. April  MAGDEBURG JAZZ FESTIVAL - Magdeburg

21. April  ELBPHILHARMONIE - Hamburg - SOLD OUT

9. June  Julie Sassoon/Willi Kellers Duo PEITZ JAZZ FESTIVAL

Julie Sassoon/ Nora Thiele Duo @ Jazz Units Festival Berlin

Saturday - 6. January 2018 - Musikbrauerei - Berlin - recorded by RBB

'Inside Colours' Duo Concert  - Berlin 

Saturday 13. January 

Opening Concert - Masters of Minimal @ Schönes Wochenende Festival 2018 

Thu - 18. January - TONHALLE - Düsseldorf - Music of Julius Eastman

 

2017

Julie Sassoon Quartet - Fourtune

Official Album Release Concert 

19. April @ A-Trane - Berlin - 9pm

16 July @ Jüdisches Museum Berlin - 'Jazz in the Garden' Kultursommer

20 June - @ Peitz Jazz Festival - Rathaus Peitz - 11am

20 October - Kulturforum Lüneburg - 20:30

23 Nov - Zigzag Club - Berlin

24 November - Jazzwerkstatt Festival - Vortex - London

Click here to read the review of the Peitz Festival on LONDON JAZZ NEWS

"...It was certainly a great pleasure to hear again Julie Sassoon's quartet,

recently recorded impeccably on jazzwerkstatt label at the Berlin radio studios.."

Oliver Weindling LONDON JAZZ NEWS

Willi Kellers/Julie Sassoon Duo   

20 May @ Einstein Kulturzentrum -  Offene Ohren - Munich

22 April @ Magdeburg Jazz Festival - 8pm

10 September @ Novilla - Berlin - 3pm

'FOURTUNE' - JULIE SASSOON QUARTET

 ALBUM   on Jazzwerkstatt

Official Album Release Concert 

19th April @ A-Trane - Berlin - 9pm

click here to read the CD review in the Guardian
"... nuanced, evocative, eloquent... " - John Fordham
 
‘Fourtune’ was featured on ‘Late Night Jazz’ - RBB Kulturradio. You can listen back to it here on Soundcloud

click on CD cover images to hear samples of the CD on Soundcloud

 

Voted CD choice on BR-KLASSIK RADIO 

review by Roland Spiegel 

 

"...das neue Quartett der Pianistin wirkt musikalisch wie die Verlängerung ihrer eigenen Fingerspitzen. Ganz hohe Sensibilität, sehr feines Aufnehmen und Weitergeben von Impulsen. Ein Ensemble, das sich wie ein Organismus bewegt - getragen von gemeinsamem Atem..."

 

 "...eine schillernd-schöne Musik mit vielen Facetten. Musik, die zu berühren weiß mit Tönen, die keinem Klischee folgen, sondern sich dem Hörer auf ganz eigene Art nähern..."

"An iridescent, beautiful music with many facets… never one-dimensional…”

… Music of such high sensitivity… that touches… with sounds that follow no clichées, but absorb the listener in a very unique way.”

 

“…an ensemble that seems to move as one organism… carried by the same breath…”

 

 

Review by Duncan Heining on Allaboutjazz

 

"...'Fourtune' is British pianist-composer Julie Sassoon's first quartet recording. Sassoon's musical approach draws in equal measure on her classical training and on a love of jazz and improvised music. This marriage goes far beyond the translation of a pianistic technique from one musical area to another but becomes something far deeper and more powerfully emotionally moving in her hands..." 
 

 New video - new album - FOURTUNE - recorded at RBB Studios Berlin

 released on jazzwerkstatt label 

JULIE SASSOON QUARTET - NEW ALBUM - 'FOURTUNE'

 

@ LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL

Sat - 12th November 8pm

 

 

 

 

 

Supported by Initiative Musik GmbH with project funds from the

Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

 

 

 

1st Nov @ Mon Ami - Jazzmeile - WEIMAR

10th Nov - Verdict Jazz Club - BRIGHTON

12th Nov - Vortex Jazz Club - LONDON

 

Click here to read interview in the latest issue of Sussex Jazz Magazine 

 

 

NEWS

JULIE SASSOON QUARTET

 

It was an incredible week in July at the Radio Berlin-Brandenburg - RBB Kulturradio Studios 

recording the new quartet CD for Jazzwerkstatt label

with the support of five wonderful sound engineers!

 We recorded some great music.

I also found time to record 2 new solo pieces…

but thats for later...

Thanks to Ulf Drechsel, Wolfgang Hoff, Peter Schladebach, Reinhard, Tilman, Benni, Rudi Fischerlehner, Meinrad Kneer, Lothar Ohlmeier, Tom Arthurs and Ulli Blobel for making this possible. Also to Joji Koyama for the video.

The mixing takes place next week.

JULY 4 - 8th 

JULIE SASSOON QUARTET CD RECORDING

AT RBB STUDIOS - BERLIN

FOR JAZZWERKSTATT 

Bayerisches Jazzweekend 2016
Bayerisches Jazzweekend 2016

Inside Colours duo in Regensburg July 2016 with Lothar Ohlmeier. photo © 2016 Robert Lepar

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Inside Colours duo live @ Bayerisches Jazzweekend - July 2016 with Lothar Ohlmeier. photo © 2016 Robert Lepar

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Mittelbayerische Zeitung article
Mittelbayerische Zeitung article

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Bayerisches Jazzweekend 2016
Bayerisches Jazzweekend 2016

Inside Colours duo in Regensburg July 2016 with Lothar Ohlmeier. photo © 2016 Robert Lepar

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'INSIDE COLOURS DUO' concert described as

 'Highlight of the Bayerisches Jazzweekend 2016"

 

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The concert will be broadcast on Bayerischer Rundfunk Klassik-Radio

 23rd September - 11pm - midnight 

presented by Roland Spiegel 

SOLO LIVE @ THE BIMHUIS AMSTERDAM

Thursday 28th Jan

JULIE SASSOON QUARTET

@ B-FLAT
BERLIN

 

 

Friday 18th December - 8pm

JULIE SASSOON QUARTET 

@ T-BERLIN

Fidicinstrasse 38, Berlin-Kreuzberg

 

 

 

Friday - 30th October - 8pm

SOLO PIANO CONCERT

@ Juedische Kulturtage 

MAGDEBURG

          

 

 

Sunday - 11th October - 4pm

INSIDE COLOURS DUO

Julie Sassoon + Lothar Ohlmeier

@ NOVILLA-BERLIN

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Click here to see 'Inside Colours' Duo videos

with Lothar Ohlmeier on soprano sax and bass clarinet 

 

 

Tuesday - 29th September - 9pm

JULIE SASSOON - SOLO 

+ ZOSH - SOLO VOICE

 @ B-FLAT - BERLIN

 

 

Thursday - 24th September - 8pm

JULIE SASSOON QUARTET

+ MARILYN CRISPELL/GUENTHER HEINZ DUO

@ Kulturbrauerei - Maschinenhaus 

BERLIN

 

 

Thursday - 10th September - 8pm

JULIE SASSOON QUARTET

HAMBURG

!!!! NEW QUARTET !!!!

with Lothar Ohlmeier - tenor,soprano sax/bass clarinet

Meinrad Kneer - bass

Rudi Fischerlehner - drums

Debut concert @ Schlot Jazz club - Berlin 

Saturday 1st August - 21.30

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 12th JUNE 8.30pm 
SOLO @ THE BIMHUIS

 

 

 

Fri 5th June - SASSOON/THIELE @ Seppmaiers 2raumwohnung,

 

Sat 6th June - SASSOON/THIELE DUO @LÜNEBURG JAZZ FESTIVAL

 

Tue 9th June - solo @ Finnlandzentrum, Berlin

 

Fri 12th June - Solo @ the BIMHUIS, Amsterdam

 

SOLO PIANO

Sunday - 25th May

GALLERY OF TONES + AMP

De Lommerd, Arnhem, NL

 

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 JAZZWERKSTATT

PIANO FESTIVAL HAMBURG

30th April - 8pm

 @ NOCHTSPEICHER 

                                     Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 69a, 20359 Hamburg

Julie Sassoon - solo

Ulrich Gumpert - solo

Leon Gurvitch - solo

Uri Caine/Dave Douglas 

 

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Julie Sassoon solo + Enrico Pieranunzi Trio

 

@ Bishopsgate Institute
15th Nov

 

LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL

 

 

 

Click  -  to read article

Spiegel-online

 reviewing the new CD - 'Land of Shadows' 

 

 

'...Verdrängt das Klavier das Saxophon und die Trompete als     Leitinstrumente im Jazz? Neue Alben von so erstklassigen Künstlern wie Julie Sassoon oder dem Thomas Rückert Trio stehen für die Vielfalt des Piano-Jazz..."

 

 

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Julie Sassoon Quartet

@ Peitz Jazz Festival

with Lothar Ohlmeier - clarinet
Tom Arthurs - trumpet
Samuel Rohrer - drums


Saturday 8th June

15.00
 Rathaussaal


 

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Sassoon/Ohlmeier/Arthurs Trio

Tuesday 14th May
8pm
@ Direktorenhaus​

[Am Krögel 2, 10179 Berlin ]



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 Julie has recently released a new live solo CD – entitled

‘Land of Shadows’ on the Berlin Jazzwerkstatt Label.

 

RBB Kulturradio recorded and broadcasted her concert at the Neue Synagoge, Berlin  - part of her Spring  2012 German Tour.


Performances at the Bauhaus, Dessau and the Loft in Cologne are included on the CD.

 

The result is a highly emotive and unique  album.​

 

'LAND OF SHADOWS' SOLO PIANO

CD RELEASE CONCERT

Thursday, 25th April

8pm



 @ INSTITUTE FRANCAIS

​Kurfürstendamm 211, 10719 Berlin



 

 ​SOLO PIANO

Friday, 3rd May 

@ THE LOFT - COLOGNE

​Wissmanstrasse 30, 50823, Koeln

 

 

 

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