With a unique instrumental formation, the Berlin based vocal jazz quartet AZOLIA creates a musical ambience that one can only fall in love with! The compositions of Belgian singer Sophie Tassignon and American-German saxophonist/clarinetist Susanne Folk are refined and tenderly arranged for voice, two wind instruments and double bass.
You can hear the delicate yet audacious sound of the band on their first CD called “Dancing on the Rim”, which was released in January 2014 on “Ajazz Records”. Back then the band was called Folk Tassignon, using the last names of both leaders. Now known as AZOLIA, the band has toured in numerous places in Germany, Belgium and China!
Their second CD “Everybody Knows” was released on Ajazz in 2017. Currently AZOLIA is working on a new program to be recorded in December 2019. This time the two leaders composed music to the very powerful poems by Wilfred Owen, a british poet who died at the end of World War I and dedicated his artistic writing to describe the attrocities of war.
In Azolia’s music the listener is free to be carried away by the powerful group sound, or to follow the stories being sung; to decipher the melodic lines of each individual voice, or to be carried by the senses into the captivating rhythmic pulses, which are built through Folk and Tassignon’s intricate arrangements. It is easy to find an array of musical elements in the writing of Folk and Tassignon and to walk away from their music with a feeling of fulfilling enjoyment and surprise.
“a work of penetrating beauty” Geert Ryssen, Jazz & Mo’
“One of the two most interesting Jazz records of 2017 from the Berlin melting pot…” Andreas Felber, Radio Ö1
“…All pieces by this unusual lineup are good songs in every way! The new CD impresses by its well developed songwriting and a refreshingly transparent lightness in the arrangements. By leaving out drums and especially the piano as a binding harmonic instrument, every voice is treated equally within the group and therefore has much space to contribute meaning. The players use these opportunities for soloistic excursions, harmonic tension and sophisticated interactions in most highly inspired ways…”
Stefan Pieper, Jazzthetik
“No useless convulsion or abstraction here; these pieces, both written and improvised, are delightful all along creating an extended and long lasting program of incredible originality.“ Dragonjazz.com, Pierre Dulieu
“A quartet with a promising future.” Hans-Joachim Maquet, Jazzpodium, 11/2015
“…Folk Tassignon (presents) a vast musical spectrum which shines through vocal elegance and instrumental brilliance.. Their interaction is magical…”
All my Music, Helmut Blecher
“…Folk Tassignon dedicate themselves to Jazz…, which they combine with Songwriting…, and in addition to that with chamber music. Throughout, “Dancing on the Rim” is pleasantly anachronistic and feisty. Because it truly is something new.”
“Sophie Tassignon is a Belgian, Berlin-based singer. She has a tremendous voice, which allows unexpected incursions into the higher register and melodies that think out of the box. Her voice blends remarkably with the skillful saxophone and clarinet sound of her German partner Susanne Folk. The bass clarinet and double bass deepen the mystery of this beautiful album.”
L’avis du Soir, J.-C. V.
©Photos: Kathleen Friedrichs, David Beecroft, Katrin Andrzejewski, Gabriele Brusche (Forum Gestaltung, Magdeburg)