JULIE SASSOON + THE CASIMIR CONNECTION
An impressive double-bill of award winning Artists renowned for their original music without borders.
Julie Sassoon is a first-class player transcending classical piano and jazz, in the league of Jarrett or Pieranunzi. Now based in Berlin, catch this rare London solo performance. Sassoon treads her own path of lyrical, rhythmic, dramatic and packed with emotion. Her last solo concert at the EFG London Jazz Festival was listed in The Guardian amongst the ‘Top Ten Highlights’.
“... An unclassifiable venture... Julie consistently makes the piano, her voice and her deepest emotions sound awesomely and naturally inseparable.” - John Fordham
“An album which can be counted as one of 2021’s top solo piano outings...” - All About Jazz
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
“’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, All About Jazz
THE CASIMIR CONNECTION
The Casimir Connection – a quartet led by its acclaimed composer saxophonist Diane McLoughlin – seamlessly cuts across classical, folk and jazz music. Expect memorable compositional themes and exciting improvisation.
Previewing a forthcoming album, Diane McLoughlin plays alongside Kit Massey on violin, Tim Fairhall on bass and pianist Alcyona Mick. Quiet and brooding, serene and uplifting, with influences from Keith Jarrett to Poulenc and Bartok. The Casimir Connection is an exquisite jazz chamber group for the modern era.
Reviews for album ’Cause and Effect’
“A stunning album that deserves to be widely heard, and lauded, not just for the outstanding playing of all concerned, but also the outstanding compositions by Diane McLoughlin that mark this album out as something very special indeed.” - Jazz Views
“Tender, inventive and well worth a listen” - Jazzwise