SOA

Soa & Friends

SOA covers a wide stylistic terrain from jazz, consistently enveloped by the warm and soulful voice of Chrystelle Maechler. Thompson Egbo-Egbo joins her on the piano and together they will deliver a rich evening of musical sounds and stories. Rooted in jazz, SOA features a mix of originals and fresh interpretations of outside material, in French, English, and sometimes German. “SOA” means “precious” in the language of Madagascar.

The CAPE is a landmark geographically, historically and architecturally. Meticulously restored and renovated, the space creates the perfect backdrop to the fireworks of our performers and their music!

FEBRUARY 24

TWO SETS:

SET 1 (45 min)
5:00 Doors open
5:30 – 6:15 pm Performance

SET 2 (45 min)
6:30 Doors open
7:00 – 7:45 pm Performance

TICKETS

$25 per set

Due to current capacity restrictions, this concert will have two seatings. If you wish to enjoy the full concert, please purchase tickets to both sets. Tickets will be sold in distanced social bubbles. Proof of vaccination will be required to attend the concert.

REFRESHMENTS

Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase 30 minutes before the performance begins.

WHERE

The CAPE
347 Main Street, Picton, ON K0K 2T0
+1 613-902-0992
www.thecape.pe

THIS EVENT SPONSORED BY

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

SOA (Chrystelle Maechler) started her music career on the jazz and blues scene in Germany in 2001. When she moved to Montreal in 2006, she sang with musicians such as Jean-Christophe Béney, Felix Stüssi, John Roney and the Big Band GEMU. In 2008, she launched her first musical project, ORANGE KITCHEN.

In 2011, Chrystelle embarked on a more personal music project with SOA – a word meaning “beautiful or precious” in the language of Madagascar, her parents’ country of origin. SOA then combined acoustic jazz and rhythms of African descent. With percussionist Moïse Yawo Matey and pianist Éric St-Jean; they launched the EP A New Life.

Established in Toronto since 2014, SOA collaborated with Toronto musicians such as Joel Visentin and Sarah Thawer and released the album Reflections in 2016.

In 2021, she released a groovy EP entirely in French named Influences under the banner SOA & Friends. On that EP, she collaborated with Thompson Egbo-Egbo and his trio and invited guest musicians such as trumpetist and Juno Award-Winner, Alexis Baro.

Maechler has performed on jazz stages in Montreal, Toronto, but also in Guatemala, France and Germany. The documentary Trying to Make it Real: A Jazz Journey captures the most beautiful moments of her European tour.

Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Thompson Egbo-Egbo is a pianist with a gift for memorable but harmonically complex compositions that have at their core a deep, abiding groove.

A rambunctious and free spirit was channeled in a creative direction with piano lessons at an inner-city music school. After graduating from high school, Egbo-Egbo earned a degree in Music from Humber College and studied electronic production and design at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

After college, Egbo-Egbo found performance work in the clubs and lounges of Toronto. An ever popular performer, many solo engagements turned into long-term residencies at venues like The Shangri-La Hotel & Jacob’s Steakhouse.

In 2014, Egbo-Egbo released ‘Short Stories’, a collection of original solo piano compositions inspired by his residency performances.

Four years later, Egbo-Egbo issued ‘A New Standard’ for eOne, which sought to redefine the concept of the jazz standard, and included original takes on Radiohead, Bob Dylan and Laura Mvula tunes. The album was recorded in a trio format, with Randall Hall on bass, and Jeff Halischuk on drums, marking a departure from the solo playing for which Egbo-Egbo had become known.

‘A New Standard’ was well received by critics and audiences alike, with Canadian Beats magazine calling it ‘a brilliant display of creativity, keen diversity and expert arranging.’

The album’s release was the beginning of a busy year of touring, including sold out appearances at The Rex Hotel, the Poetry Jazz Cafe in Toronto and Artword Artbar in Hamilton. The end of the year saw the inclusion of the album on JazzFM’s Music Director’s Top 20 of 2018, landing at #6, among records by Kamasi Washington and John Scofield.

For ‘The Offering’, Egbo-Egbo has returned to the trio format. If ‘A New Standard’ sought to change the conversation, ‘The Offering’ seeks to create a new dialogue about what we expect from a ‘jazz’ trio. Whereas ‘A New Standard’ was recorded and then performed, many of the tracks on ‘The Offering’ were written on stage, and put to tape after they’d been fleshed out live. This adds a presence and muscular tone to the album. The recording process itself was an attempt to capture the essence of the trio live – the element that has been attracting an ever growing audience to the trio’s concerts.

Randall Hall has been playing bass for over 30 years and with Thompson Egbo-Egbo for the last 15. He has been mentored by Bobby Edwards (Ella Fitzgerald, Chuck Berry) and Alex Lifeson (Rush). He has performed and shared the stage with a bunch of spectacular international artists in a variety of genres.  Examples include Ace of Base, Arrested Development, Judy Mowatt (Bob Marley), Maceo Parker, Kelly Rowland (Destiny’s Child), and Junior Tucker.  Randall is a graduate of the esteemed Humber College music program.