Fuat Tuaç and Kim Richardson are right at home in their welcoming new collaboration and video Chez Moi — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The latest single from Toronto-based jazz virtuoso Tuaç’s most recent album Immigrant, Chez Moi holds a special place in his heart, originating from his vocal jam sessions at the Montreal jazz club Diese Onze. Hosting these sessions: None other than remarkable vocalist Kim Richardson, for whom Fuat used to open with this very song. Their seamless chemistry and profound connection led them to choose Chez Moi for this duet.
Tuaç’s music is a globetrotting exploration of jazz history, blending urban poetry with Turkish street flavour — all of which he comes by honestly. Before pursuing his passion for jazz, Tuaç worked as a lawyer in Istanbul, France, and the U.K.. However, music eventually took precedence, leading him to Montreal in 2011, where he studied jazz and honed his craft.
Immigrant, released in 2022, weaves a musical tapestry transcending borders and languages. With songs sung in English, French and his native Turkish, this album deeply reflects Tuaç’s experiences as an immigrant in Canada. It delves into the challenges, triumphs, and lessons learned throughout his journey, offering a heartfelt narrative. “I want the songs on Immigrant to resonate with people from all backgrounds,” he says. “I believe the eclectic nature of the album makes it accessible to everyone, regardless of their country of origin.”
Underpinning this album are exceptionally talented musicians, including Eric St-Laurent on guitar, Kevin Turcotte on trumpet, Eric West on drums and Jordan O’Connor on double bass. Along with Richardson, renowned Turkish singer Yesim Akin lends her voice. The album was recorded at Kensington Studios in Toronto, but Fuat travelled to Montreal and Istanbul to record the duets, ensuring that every note was flawlessly collaborated and crafted.