PERFORMING IN SOULPEPPER PRODUCTION 88KEYS IN TORONTO THROUGH JUNE
ALBUM RELEASE SHOW AT JASPER DANDY
IN TORONTO ON MAY 26
Today, renowned Toronto artist, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, reveals the candid visuals for his single, It’s Not That Serious. The video, directed by Dan Lemoyne, captures the track and body of work from Thompson’s forthcoming album, The Offering, set for release on May 24 via Entertainment One. Hometown fans will be treated to an exclusive release show at Jasper Dandy on Sunday, May 26 at 2:00 pm. Purchase tickets for the show here.
In addition, Thompson announces his involvement in Soulpepper Theatre Co.’s production, 88KEYS, created by Tom Allen and Mike Ross. 88 keys, 230 strings, and 7,500 working parts make up every piano. For 300 years, it has been the vehicle through which genius is conveyed, from Beethoven and Chopin to Fats Domino, Ray Charles, and Billy Joel. Mike Ross leads Soulpepper musicians on an exploration of the ‘King of the Instruments’. The production runs from June 1 to June 21, with performances at 1:30PM and 7:30PM, at the theatre in Toronto’s historic Distillery District. The Offering will be available for sale on CD in the lobby after every performance, where Thompson will be available to sign CDs and meet patrons. Find more info and purchase tickets here.
The Offering follows Thompson’s 2018 album, A New Standard. The record was Thompson’s debut on Entertainment One, and sought to redefine the concept of the jazz standard, and included original takes on Radiohead, Bob Dylan and Laura Mvula tunes. It 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 Thompson had become known. Buy and stream the album here.
For The Offering, Thompson 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 live experience – the element that has been attracting an ever-growing audience to the trio’s concerts.
With the exception, the Metheny penned, Question and Answer, Thompson, or co-written with the trio.