Sophia Domancich & Simon Goubert
modern & free jazz
An idiosyncratic tandem of piano and drums. Their economical style marries tradition and free, solemn and experimental, composition and improvisation. Their album, You Don’t Know What Love
Is, offers original compositions and deep readings of jazz standards.
Sophia Domanich and Simon Goubert have collaborated in many settings, like the Pentacle quintet that has made two excellent albums, and the trio DAG that also holds bassist Jean-Jacques Avenel. Goubert
also leads his own trio.
Domancich is a curious and open-minded player, to whom the French Academie du Jazz nominated Musician of the Year in 1999 as the first female recipient. She started backing up African and Caribbean
singers, and lately created a unique electro-acoustic concerto Lilienmund with sound designer Raphael Marc. She has also played in the French National Jazz Orchestra and worked plenty with players from
Britain’s famous Canterbury scene. In the 80’s Sophia belonged to drummer Pip Pyle’s Equip’Out, which included Gong saxist Didier Malherbe and Soft Machine’s bass man Hugh
Hopper and reedsman Elton Dean. With the latter she continued working till his untimely death in 2006. Domanich also worked with the reunited Hatfield & The North and in Henry Cow bassist John