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Natashia Kelly und Brice Soniano © Phil Taka

Jazz Eats Borders: Doppelkonzert Jazzlab Gent // Lukasheva/Mahnig und Natashia/Brice

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Brice Soniano - acoustic bass

‘’Soniano is one of the most imaginative and expressive bassist I happened to came across
lately and his work on this album is a superb example of the role of the bass in contemporary
music; no longer a background support but a soloist of equal standing and importance to the
other band members. His tone, technique and ability to converse with his cohorts is nothing
short of miraculous.’’ review from Adam Baruch about the album ’Songbook'.
Brice was born in France in 1979, studied at the Conservatorium of The Hague in The
Netherlands. His fnal exam was said to be historical by the headmaster as he was the frst
musician to have followed successfully both classical and jazz educations at the same time.
After his studies, Brice went to the rainforest of Cameroon to experience daily life with a
BAKA pygmy population (for about 6 months) and since he returned to Europe he has
devoted his life to creative music. Brice has been soloist with l’Orchestre de Montpellier, has
played with several new music ensemble in the Netherlands, and is constantly in tour through
Europe playing jazz and improvised music. He co-leads a trio with Harmen Fraanje and Toma
Gouband, a duo with Joachim Badenhorst, the trio 3/4 Peace with Ben Sluijs and Christian
Mendoza, and is part of the Lionel Beuvens Quartet, of Joachim Badenhorst’ Carate Urio
Orchestra, of Erik Bogaert’s Mephiti (…)
Brice has about 20 albums to his record, and is about to release his frst album as a
leader/composer on his new label ASTROPI (collaboration with Toma Gouband and Harmen
Fraanje).
He has recorded/played with musicians such as Michael Moore, Ernst Reijseger, Mark
Dresser, Mark Feldman, Magic Malik, Fredrik Ljungkvist, Nelson Veras, Alexi Tuomarila, Lotte
Anker, Peter Evans to name a few
Brice lives in Denmark with his family and is a guest teacher at the Conservatory of Music of
Antwerpen.
www.bricesoniano.com

Natashia Kelly, vocals (BE/IE) , °1986
www.natashiakelly.com
Natashia studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with teacher David Linx and at the
Conservatory CNSMDP in Paris :
Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.
She has a duo with Brice Soniano on double bass.
They were laureaat at the Crest Jazz Vocal contest 2016, France.
They were selected in the categorie 'Young Talent' to play at the Ostend Theater Festival in August

  1. TAZ.
    They were selected for a residency and concerts at 'Détours de Babel Festival 2018' in Grenoble
    ( France).
    They were selected for a creation residency and concerts in ' Antwerpen Barok 2018. Rubens
    inspireert.'
    In addition to her duo, she has also a group: Natashia Kelly Group. This group released their debut
    EP in February 2016 which was very well received and was picked up by national radio Klara in
    Belgium.
    Demo recording duo Natashia Kelly – Brice Soniano recorded by Koen Gisen was again picked up
    by radio Klara in oktober 2017.
    These are the highlights:
    2018: April : residency and concerts at Détours de Babel festival (Grenoble ) with the duo.
    2018 : March : Support act GoGo Pinguin in l' Aéronef ( Lille) with the duo and guest Jan
    Ghesquière.
    2018, Januay : residency, part 1: Antwerpen Barok 2018. Rubens inspireert with duo.
    2018, February: tour Lionel Beuvens Motu
    2017, June : demo recording duo Natashia Kelly – Brice Soniano recorded by Koen Gisen.
    2017, April : concert in Rataplan , Natashia Kelly Group.
    2017, L'An Vert , double bill met Joachim Badenhorst (Rawfishboys) , 3/3/'17
    2017, January. duo Natashia Kelly – Brice Soniano, tour in France: Mardi Graves Festival.
    2016, July. Tour Theater Aan Zee with duo Natashia Kelly – Brice Soniano : 4 concerts.
    2016: Flagey met Lionel Beuvens Motu ,' Best Belgian jazzfestival, 18/1/'16
    2016 CD recording Igloo Studios, Lionel Beuvens Motu.
    2016, EP “The Uncanny”, Natashia Kelly Group + release concerts in Lokerse Jazzklub, KC Nona
    and radio Klara.
    2016, February, NONA, Mechelen , EP Release Natashia Kelly Group
    2015 - Tour “Natashia Kelly Group”, Brice Soniano, Edmund Lauret, Juan Parra .
    2015 – Tour duo “ Natashia Kelly & Brice Soniano”.
    2015, April : duo Natashia Kelly & Brice Soniano , op Festival Van Vlaanderen , Mechelen
    2012 - 2014, Concerts : “Natashia Kelly Group” ,Ruben Machtelinckx, Joachim Badenhorst.
    Quartet “Natashia Kelly Group”: Laurens Smet, Yannick Peeters, Benjamin Sauzereau. Concerts
    with “Bass & Voice”: double bass: Yannick Peeters /Nathan Wouters /Lennart Heyndels.
    June 2012, she won the First Prize in the New Port Jazz Rally with her duo Bass and Voice.
    June 2011, obtaind a Master degree Jazz-singing in the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with
    vocal teacher David Linx. In the Conservatory of Brussels she had classes with: Diederik Wissels,
    Christophe Wallemme, Nathalie Loriers, John Rocco, Kris Defoort, David Linx,......
    2010, last Master year she was selected with Erasmus exchange in the Conservatory of Paris
    CNSMDP . ( Conservatoire National Supérieur Music et de Danse Paris) In CNSMDP and she had
    Masterclasses and played with: Anders Jormin, Fred Hersch, Billy Hart, Bruno Chevillon, Larry
    Grenadier,....
    In CNSMDP she took classic singing lessons with Alain Buet.
    • in October 2010 preformed with the Bigband of CNSMDP in Théatre Châtelet in Paris. - in
      December 2010 participated with a project of Fred Hersch
    • May 2010: Performance with the Project “Happy Update Schumann” created and conducted by
      Kris Defoort. It was a mix between the classic music of Robert Schumann and jazz.
      June 2010: backing vocals with “ James Baldwin Project” David Linx- Aka Moon in KVS Brussels.
      2009: Laureate with vocal group “Brussels Vocal Project” of the Dinant Jazz Competition.
      Since 2009: she preformed in various settings: duo, trio, quartet,...in various jazz-clubs in Belgium:
      The jazz-clubs she played in: The Music Village (Brussels), De Hopper (Antwerp), The Buster
      (Antwerp) De Jazzzolder, Jazz@home festival, Flagey (Brussels), KVS (Brussels), De Singer, Jazz
      Hoeilaart, De Singer, New Port Jazz festival, Lokerse Jazzklub, BlackCat, KC Nona, Festival van
      Vlaanderen Mechelen. In Paris: Théatre Châtelet, Fondation Biermans- Lapôtre, concerthall
      Cnsmdp,.... In Aix : support act for Magic Malik and Omar Sosa in Jazz à Aix.
      Dec 2007 : she won the First Prize in the Jazz Cat Rally in Brussels with her trio “La Nue“.
Tue, 04.12.2018
Concert Highlight!

Brice Soniano (kb), Natashia Kelly (voc), Tamara Lukasheva (voc, glsp, mel), Dominik Mahnig (dr, perc)

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