Julien Tassin is an exploratoryguitarist from Belgium dedicated to improvised and expressive original music. He has established himself as one of the most creative and committed guitarists in Europe who values the expressive power and potential of music. With a dedication to strong, lyrical melodies and beautifulthemes, he creates an originallanguage and tasteful musical landscape that draws on minimalism, ambient, blues, avant-garde, rock and jazz.
His playing is raw, organic, emotional, expressive and above all uncompromising whether he is playing solo or fronting his own band. Through his compositions and improvisations he’s constantly in search of essence and purity and strives to push music boundaries.
To date, Julien has released several albums, both solo, in trio and with his rock band run SOFA. Recently, his trio was expanded to a quartet featuring the American trumpet player Jason Palmer.
“Julien breaks through the musical boundaries of jazz, rock and classical music. He brings his own story, averse to frills and of a serene but direct authenticity.” – Jazz & Mo’
On September 30th, Julien releases his thirdsoloalbum entitled ‘primitiv‘ through RambleRecords.
‘primitiv’ is about human beings in their most primitive and essential form.
An interpretation of how humans began roaming the Earth, came together, mingled and fell apart.
Setting to music the initiation-like dimension of existence. ‘primitiv’ as a quest for essence.
Most of the tracks are composed of a handful of notes that can be played once or repeated again and again, like a mantra, leaving space for a sort of improvisation void of any constraint. Music with a universalcharacter, blending European, American and African elements.