BJUR 063 Jorn Swart - Malnoia (CD)

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BJUR 063 Jorn Swart - Malnoia (CD)


Jorn Swart - piano / compositions

Benni Von Gutzeit - viola

Lucas Pino - bass clarinet

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An unprecedented richness of sonority. - David Balakrishnan, Turtle Island Quartet

Jorn is a musician of great sensibility, with a very inventive mind. He will surprise us, I’m sure, and so will his music.  - Jean-Michel Pilc 

An important new voice in the world of jazz piano. Swart’s writing and playing are very engaging, organic—he truly casts a spell on the listener. He and his band members have created a subtle and nuanced recording—their playing is wise beyond their years. - David Berkman (on A Day in the Life of Boriz)

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”.