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Tom Sochas Trio

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Last Show: Wednesday 23 rd March 2022

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Building on the success of a solo EP released in early 2021, Franco-American jazz pianist Tom Sochas, previously known for his work with London staple Phoenician Blinds, returns to Pizza Express with his debut trio album The Sorcerer, out on Khumbu Records. The album, set to be released in April 2022 introduces Tom’s new trio with Greek bassist Thodoris Ziarkas and British drummer Olly Sarkar. Expect a blend of hard hitting post bop and delicate contrapuntal melodies, infused with textural analog electronics and a couple very special guests. Not to be missed!

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Tom Sochas is a Franco-American pianist born and raised in Paris, France and Nairobi, Kenya. Tom moved to London in 2011 and began to compose for quartet and brainchild : Phoenician Blinds. The contemporary jazz quartet has kept very busy and released three critically acclaimed albums as well as keeping a busy touring schedule in the UK and Europe.

Tom’s love of lyrical and melodic music, hard hitting post-bop and his passion for western classical music has led him to developping a unique sound, itself materialising into his first solo EP, ‘You could hear the bird sing’. Beyond his own band and trio Tom has also created a label, Khumbu Records, to house and nourish some of the projects he is currently involved in. Tom Sochas’s debut album will be released on Khumbu Records in April 2022. Tom was recently awarded the Do It Differently grant from Help Musicians UK to support the release of this record.

Today he focuses in equal parts on his practice, playing with his own trio, Phoenician Blinds, but also composes for film and theatre. Some of his most recent collaborations feature physical-theatre dramaturge and actor Maite Jauregui. Tom was commissioned to write five pieces of instrumental music to accompany the one-woman piece. Most recently he was also commisioned to write music for a play entitled Eating Myself, written by Pepa Duarte.