​Solo Piano​​

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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...'     allaboutjazz.com  

 

Read John Fordham's feature/interview in London Jazz News

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

Dan Mcclenaghan - allaboutjazz.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

                                                                                                                                                            

'...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

Solo concerts  2020

Sat - 7. March - Solo concert @ Eighty Eight Colours Piano Festival - Kulturkirche Nikodemus - Berlin -  20.00

Fri -  27. March - Solo double bill with Zosh  - Forum Gestaltung -  MAGDEBURG - 20.00  Postponed 

                                     

Sun - 29. March - Solo - double bill with Zosh - Schlot Jazz club - BERLIN - 21.00   Postponed

                                                    

                                 

       

 

 

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.

'Land of Shadows' is a striking work. A mix of simple and complex, gentle and strident, dark and light, it's powerful and affecting...

 

             ...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

 

 

 

"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...

readily exploring diversions as they reveal themselves to her along the way...

...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..."     

Chris Parker - London Jazz News
 

 

 

 

 

"...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

 

 

 

 

 

"Dieses Piano-Soloalbum ist von flirrender Schönheit..."

                                                                                                  "...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

‘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.



You can read all reviews written about 'New Life' by going to the 'FULL REVIEW' page - or by clicking here

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)

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​​"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)