11 MAY 2021

Joanna Goodale
piano, gongs, bols and composition

Born into a British-Turkish family, Joanna Goodale is a French pianist with an eclectic and creative identity, opening up the classical repertoire to traditional world music and to her own comprovisations.

Noticed and broadcasted by France Musique, RFI, RTS and RTBF, her first concept-album « Bach in a Circle » uniting Bach’s music with her own arrangements of Sufi chants (Turkey / Iran) was released in 2019 with Label Paraty and with the support of the Fondation Tempo, the Fondation Engelberts the Swiss Radio RTS (Espace 2).

She has been invited to perform in Switzerland, in France, in Germany, in Turkey, in Spain and in the United Kingdom. Graduate of a Master of Arts in Piano (Geneva) and a Master of Arts in Anthropology (London), she has benefitted from the support of the Fondation L’ABRI in Geneva and of the advice of internationally renowned pianists such as Cedric Pescia, Menahem Pressler and Anne Queffélec. Inspired by improvising pianists such as Gabriela Montero, Jean-François Zygel, Alain Kremksi, Marc Vella and Edouard Ferlet, she plays her own comprovisations in concert, linked to the repertoire performed.

Passionate about multidisciplinary projects, she forms FRACTALES piano-duo with Anna Benzakoun, collaborates with Sufi dancer Rana Gorgani in BACH TO SUFI DANCE, with Leili Anvar for poetry-music concerts around mystic litterature, and with Kora player Sankoum Cissokho around Mandinka music.  elle collabore avec la danseuse soufie Sahar Dehghan dans “Bach to Sufi Dance”, and with the actress Pascale Bessard in “Les Gourmandises de Satie”. She is also part of a Persian music trio AFSHAN TRIO with Pouya Khoshravesh (kamanche) and Simon Leleux (percussion).

Born in Switzerland, Joanna Goodale studied at the Music Conservatory of Geneva where her musical talent and perfect pitch were quickly noticed. She continued her studies at the Haute Ecole de Musique (HEM) de Genève with Dominique Weber, in the lineage of Leon Fleisher. Joanna is also specialised in piano pedagogy (Master) and has been teaching passionately for over a decade. She runs workshops on improvisation and prepared piano in schools, festivals and on the fringes of her concerts.

Deeply convinced that music can transcend borders and touch the sublime, she invites her public to enter in communion with sound and silence in a space-time of rare intensity.

Invited to: Festival de Font-Romeu, Lavaux Classic, Musée du Piano, Festival de la Cité de Lausanne, Festival Soufi de Paris, Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Piano Salon Cristophori (Berlin), Festival de Pompignan, Institut Yunus Emre, Bezirhane Venue (Turkey) …