Sojoy is packed with some of the most talented players and improvisors on the Seacoast scene.
Jonny Peiffer’s Sojoy is a chord-less little big-band modern jazz septet formed in 2014 - sojoymusic.com.
Sojoy was listed among Bandcamp.com’s ‘Best of Bandcamp Jazz’ in 2017, and received a Spotlight on the Arts Award for Best Jazz Group in that same year.
Matt Langley, Eric Klaxton, Nick Mainella - reeds
Zach Lange, Josh Gagnon - brass
Scott Kiefner - bass
Jonny Peiffer - drums, composer/arranger, bandleader
The group has released two albums, 2015’s eponymous debut and 2017’s The Adventures of Oliver Z. Wanderkook, was the stage band for Circulus’ 2017 production ‘The Adventures of Oliver Z. Wanderkook’ at West End Studio Theatre, and was the featured performer at TEDxPiscataquaRiver 2017. Sojoy has enjoyed collaborations with many great local artists: Stuart Dias of Soggy Po Boy fame (Stujoy), Mark Shilansky, Taylor O’Donnell, and many others.
A "merry band of joyful noise creationists." "Proving that great music still exists even as new traditions are being forged." - Chris Hislop, Portsmouth Herald
"Tightly arranged and swinging like a modern version of John Kirbys Sextet of the 30s." "Utterly charming!" - Jazz Weekly
"The album (The Adventures of Oliver Z. Wanderkook) stands alone as a piece of art ... they maintain their memorable beauty and convey a story all their own.” - Austin Sorette, The Sound
Sojoy is packed with some of the most talented players and improvisors on the Seacoast scene. Jonny Peiffer is also the founder and a principal member of the Afro-beat orchestra Shango. He is musical director for such projects as Desert Island Live! which brings full studio albums to the live stage. He is an active member of the abstract expressionist art and music collaborative In Ears 'N' Eyes. Zach Lange can be found playing with the Soggy Po Boys, Mother Superior and Sliding Royals, and Shango, among other groups. Josh Gagnon is finishing up his undergrad at UNH and destined for greatness! Matt Langley is a founding member of the improv funk and groove band Color, he is in many of Matt Jenson's groups like Combo Sabroso, leads his own groups like Sound Playground, and is co-founder of In Ears 'N' Eyes, among many other things. He can also be found playing in Mother Superior and the Sliding Royals, and Shango. Eric Klaxton can be found playing in groups like the Soggy Po Boys and Shango, among others. Nick Mainella also performs in Our Big Band (lead by Chris Klaxton) as well as creating his own infectious beats as a DJ. Scott Kiefner is a young and in demand sideman on the scene. Everyone wants him and we're glad to have him.