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Sophie Tassignon

“Tassignon’s singing is quite versatile … she exhibits horn-like melodic and rhythmic dexterity, while at other times her voice wanders through a labyrinthine maze of amorphous syllabic abstractions.”

This individuality, described here by Wilbur MacKenzie of All About Jazz, is what gives Belgian, Berlin-based vocalist Sophie Tassignon such a unique place in the world of modern jazz and creative music.

Over the past 20 years Sophie Tassignon has been composing and performing music with various projects ranging from jazz and avant-garde to electroacoustic music. She has released 8 CDs on a variety of record labels, including Clean Feed Records, A-jazz, Alone Blue Records and visionofsound.

Her debut album “Moon Talk”, released in 2006 on Alone Blue Records, featuring her group ZOSHIA and eleven of her own compositions, was funded by the cultural department of the French Community of Belgium.

Sophie’s second CD “Hufflignon”, a collaborative project with Canadian saxophonist Peter Van Huffel, and with New York bassist Michael Bates and Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser, was released in 2008 on the renowned Portuguese label, Clean Feed Records – hailed by All About Jazz NY as one of the five most important jazz labels today. “Hufflignon” received critical acclaim by such publications as France’s “Jazz Magazine” in which the CD was listed as a “CD d’émoi” – one of their most prestigious monthly mentions.

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“Unity is also guaranteed by the treatment that Sophie applies to everything, putting together an album that is the most tantalizing that we have encountered in recent times.” Alberto Bazzurro, Musica Jazz, Decembre 2020 issue

“While following a clear line of research, this solo album by Belgian (singer) Sophie Tassignon stands out for its melodic richness and lyrical intensity, in a majestically unadorned dimension which arises in a timeless classicism, where different musical references are intertwined in an originally bewitching path.” Angelo Leonardi, All About Jazz Italia

“By any reasonable standard, the new solo album from Berlin-based Belgian vocalist Sophie Tassignon is an extraordinary achievement, but not by the standards of jazz as we know it” Nigel Barrett, Jazzjournal

“The listener soon forgets the staggering technicalities that must have been involved in making this thoroughly engaging album, and is taken on a trip into the multi-faceted emotions of human existence, and humanity’s ever-questing spirit.” Roger Trenwith, The Progressive Aspect

“Eine Huldingung and die persönliche Göttin der Menschen: die Stimme” Stefan Hentz, Jazz Thing 134

“Veering into the experimental, drenched in clarity and a study of the shimmer between consonance and dissonance, this CD is as fresh as a newborn idea.” Debbie Burke

“Mit „Mysteries Unfold“ dürfte sie nun endgültig in den Fokus internationaler Jazz-Aficionados geraten, denen die grandiose Vokalartistin mit faszinierend variab­ler Stimme raffiniert geschichtete ­Soundscapes kredenzt, deren überwältigende Klangpracht ebenso poetisch tönt wie ihr Name.” Sven Thielmann, Fono Forum

“Album di raffinata ed eterea bellezza” Fortunato Mannino, Sound36.com

“… disque mystérieux et envoûtant.” Jean-Claude Vantroyen, Le Soir “M.A.D”

“Encore une excellente découverte musicale… La voix ensorcelante de Sophie Tassignon va illuminer notre prochaine émission (Blender Session 46)… Sa voix se révèle d’une plasticité stupéfiante pour un résultat original au pouvoir d’enchantement quasi constant

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Aufbruch

RareNoiseRecords
2021

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Mysteries Unfold

RareNoiseRecords
2020

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Moon Talk

Alone Blue Records
2008

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Moon Talk

Alone Blue Records
2006

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