European Sounds Series: The Netherlands – Jorn Swart’s Malnoia
@ Blue Note Jazz Club – Shows @ 11:30AM (Doors @ 10:30AM)
**Price includes brunch, music and a drink.**
Jorn Swart’s Malnoia supported by Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York
Jorn Swart is a pianist, composer, and arranger, currently living and performing in NYC. The Dutch pianist’s refined playing and emotive compositions have garnered him much recognition, both in the USA and in Europe. His latest CD Malnoia is an unorthodox project that mixes jazz and chamber music. The album was released in 2017 on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records and was critically acclaimed. In January 2018 the trio presented the album in a series of CD-presentations in the Netherlands, and made an appearance on national television in the TV-show Vrije Geluiden.
Malnoia is timeless and sophisticated, and reshapes the concept of the traditional jazz piano trio. In replacing double bass and drums with bass clarinet and viola, the project elegantly and creatively expands the limits of what is possible within a “piano trio”.
On Malnoia, Swart drew inspiration from classical composers such as Maurice Ravel, Bela Bartok and Paul Hindemith, and combined them with elements of jazz, creating an atypical sound that can be both lyrical and nostalgic, and abstract and unpredictable. His melancholic themes suddenly turn into unruly improvisations or sparkling romanticism.
The Malnoia trio, featuring Swart with Benni von Gutzeit (of the Turtle Island Quartet) on viola, and Lucas Pino (whose “No Net Nonet” has had a residency at Smalls Jazz Club for over three years) on bass clarinet, possesses the ability to sweep the listener up in a moving musical experience that has been described as “hallucinogenic chamber music”.
“Seamless interplay of unusual sonorities” — Downbeat Magazine ☆☆☆☆
“Malnoia is brimming with cryptic gifts and Delphic designs that manage to fascinate and confound. It’s a record that becomes richer and more meaningful with each and every listen.” — Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz ☆☆☆☆
“An unprecedented richness of sonority.” — David Balakrishnan, Turtle Island Quartet« Back to Events