"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. Her debut CD “Moon Talk”, featuring her group ZOSHIA and eleven of her own compositions, was released in 2006 by Alone Blue Records. Sophie’s second CD “Hufflignon”, a collaborative project with Canadian saxophonist Peter Van Huffel, (and with the powerful duo of 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.
Sophie is currently preparing a new CD with Songwriter/Saxophonist Susanne Folk, which will include songs written by both artists, and is planned for a fall 2012 release. The FOLK / TASSIGNON QUARTET, originally founded in Canada in 2006, also includes bass clarinetist Lothar Ohlmeier and bassist Andreas Waelti, and is touring frequently around Europe in the months to come.
Additionally, and in follow-up to the success of “Hufflignon”, Sophie and Peter Van Huffel have recently formed a new group consisting of musicians who have all recently relocated to Berlin. British pianist Julie Sassoon and Canadian bassist Miles Perkin complete the new "Tassignon-Van Huffel" formation which will be touring Spain and France in spring 2011 as they prepare to record a full set of new music for their second collaborative release. The new music, co-written by the pair, delves much more into the modern avant-garde while maintaining an emphasis on song and melody. Plans for future concerts and tour periods are currently underway.
In addition to Sophie's main projects and collaborations, she can also be heard with the Berlin-based electronics duo CHARLOTTE AND MR. STONE - an experimental improvised project with electro-acoustic composer Simon Vincent, and which demonstrates Sophie's unique approach to manipulated-voice, which she has developed through the use of loopstation effects. Their debut CD "Trees & Birds & Beautiful Things" was released on November 20th, 2011 on the British Label visionofsound. She can also be heard (and seen) in a number of modern theatre productions by Polish director Elzbieta Bednarska (ie. “Taghaus/Nachthaus” by Olga Tokarczuk 2009, “Schneeweiß und Russenrot" by Dorota Maslowska 2010, "Nacht" by Adrzej Stasiuk 2011), in which Sophie's "electronic-voice" techniques are also highly exhibited.
Sophie Tassignon performs frequently around Europe, and has performed in notable venues in New York City and Canada. For more information on upcoming tour dates and concert listings, please visit her website.