MALNOIA redefines the concept of the traditional jazz piano trio. In replacing double bass and drums with bass clarinet and viola, the project pushes the limits of what is possible with three instruments. This unusual combination allows for exciting compositions and playful improvisations, sweeping the listener up in a moving musical experience that has been described as “hallucinogenic chamber music.”
Dutch pianist Jorn Swart, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, drew inspiration for this project from classical composers like Maurice Ravel, Bela Bartok and Paul Hindemith. He combines these influences with elements of jazz, creating an atypical sound that can be both lyrical and nostalgic, and abstract and unpredictable. His melancholic themes turn suddenly into unruly improvisations or sparkling romanticism.
“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
PRESS FROM SWART’S DEBUT ALBUM, “A DAY IN THE LIFE OF BORIZ”
“A fantastical kaleidoscope of styles and influences” – De Telegraaf
“Certainly one of the finest debuts I heard in 2013″ – David Adler (NYC Jazz Record)
“A beautiful debut album by Jorn Swart, 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
“A singularly memorable, moody narrative from Jorn Swart” – Lucid Culture
“[Swart has] mastered the art of using a single improvised line to elicit complex emotions – no small feat when the musician is winging it.” – Jazziz Magazine
“A very mature and profound album, full of dark and autumnal nocturnes” — Jazzflits
“An introspective if not oddly cathartic look inside the harmonic mind of a rising star!” – Critical Jazz
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Jorn Swart (1987) is a spirited up-and-coming jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, currently living and performing in New York City. His refined playing and touching compositions already gained him much international and national recognition. In November 2013 he toured Europe with his critically acclaimed debut album “A Day in the Life of Boriz”. In 2010 he received a Fulbright grant, Huygens Scholarship, and a fund from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds in order to pursue his Master’s Degree in New York City. In 2011 he was one of the 20 musicians from around the world selected for the “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency” in Washington, D.C. That same year he was the winner of the Sir Roland Hanna Award, a yearly award presented to an excelling jazz pianist. In the United States he has performed with greats such as Jimmy Heath, Sheila Jordan, and Antonio Hart and in the Netherlands with Tineke Postma, Benjamin Herman, Jasper Blom, and Clemens van der Feen. Jorn has performed and toured all across Europe and throughout the United States.
Benjamin von Gutzeit
Occupying the viola chair in the famed Turtle Island Quartet, Benjamin von Gutzeit is one of a handful of jazz viola players in the world. He was born into a musical family in Bochum, Germany and started taking violin lessons at the age of four. As a child he twice won the German competition “Jugend Musiziert” and went on a solo tour in Japan. After studying with jazz violinist Andreas Schreiber in Austria he moved to the Netherlands where he became a prominent part of the Dutch jazz scene. He played with Martin’s Fondse Starvinsky Orchestra and performed in the Bimhuis and at the North Sea Jazz Festival. In 2010 he moved to New York and was the first jazz violinist to obtain a master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music. Von Gutzeit has performed and recorded with musicians such as jazz violinist Mark Feldman, electronic music virtuoso Matthew Herbert, cellist Ernst Reijseger, and saxophonist Dave Liebman. Since 2012 he has been a member of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet, touring around the world the entire year.
It’s hard to imagine the New York jazz scene without tenor saxophonist Lucas Pino. With his own No Net Nonet he has maintained a monthly residency at Smalls since March 2013. He has performed with Dave Brubeck, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Christian McBride, Carl Allen, Benny Green and David Sanborn. Lucas has traveled to play in Australia, Poland, Spain, Britain, The Netherlands, Brazil, Costa Rica, throughout the United States, and Canada. He has appeared at venues such as the Blue Note, Dizzy’s, The Jazz Standard, and Chicago Symphony Hall.
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Lucas grew up singing hymns in church. He started playing saxophone at age 10. As a high school junior, Lucas won the Downbeat award for Best Instrumental Soloist in 2004. He attended the Brubeck Institute from 2005-2007, where he studied closely with Dave Brubeck. Lucas finished his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Performance at The New School in 2009. He attended Juilliard from 2009-2011, where he received a Master of Music.