Solo live CD - 'Land Of Shadows'
released on Jazzwerkstatt
"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.
"... Jarrett is an artist with whom Sassoon shares a language and a tradition. Indeed, Land of Shadows might be thought of as the Cologne Concert after Jarretts The Koeln Concert. It deserves (and given a chance, will receive) the same kind of recognition and adulation..."
"...the music doesnt exist outside the world... rather , it contains the world inside it..."
"...Sassoons music is always marked by intense concentration, complete surrender to the moment
and manages the trick of suspending time for her listeners..."
Mike Butler - Dyverse Music
...Sassoon's music has a universality that invites everyone to enter and share in experiencing her often quite remakable compositions.. Bruce Lindsay - All About Jazz
'...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..." Hans Hielscher - Der Spiegel
Bert Noglik - Berlin Jazz Festival Director
"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..."
"Sassoon’s approach to solo piano – rather like Keith Jarrett’s in Cologne nearly 40 years ago – is to spin mesmerising improvisations from repeated – often relatively simple, even minimalist – note clusters or motifs...
...thunderous bass notes, ringing churchbell-like passages, the subtlest of ethereal sounds highlighted by her light singing, are all incorporated, entirely naturally, in an improvisational method ...."
"... Immersion in her unique soundworld is an affecting experience..."
"...Julie Sassoon's new album - "Land of Shadows" is a release which - in my opinion - more than rivals another solo piano album recorded nearly 40 years ago in Germany ... Keith Jarrett Cologne Concert..."
Mike Gerber - UK Jazz Radio
"...a solo piano album of shimmerimng beauty..."
Ulli Steinmetzger - Leipziger Volkszeitung
The 'Land of Shadows' CD launch concert was a great evening - at the 'Institute Francais' in Berlin. Lots of CDs sold!!!
Here's a photos of the evening.
‘New Life’ is Julie's debut solo piano album - which was brought out in 2006 on Babel Records. It received rave reviews and was voted among the top ten favourite international albums in UK's Jazzwise Magazine.
“Sassoon’s capacity to sustain interest without resorting to licks, tricks or slickness of any kind is remarkable… music of rare beauty.”
(Duncan Heining **** Jazzwise)
"Julie Sassoon, a pianist of astonishing resources, applies a concentrated beam of intelligence to everything she does...
an earnest, brilliantly gifted player."
(Mike Butler ****Jazz UK)
“a mesmeric solo performer...”
(Chris Parker - Vortex Gig Review London)