Mark Lockheart saxophone/ bass clarinet; Liam Noble piano and Jasper Hoiby bass.
This sophisticated, genre-bending trio has been delighting audiences (including a highly successful concert at the Seven Arts in 2016) since its debut. Their output has been described as “Folky, melodically strong chamber music, with flavours ranging from bluegrass to tango to contemporary classical, veering from the carefully written to the liberally improvised.”
Malija was formed in 2014 as a result of an invitation to play at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in New York. All highly respected and innovative bandleaders in their own right, this all-star trio brings together three of the most exciting and original jazz musicians/composers in the UK.
Their first collaboration was back in 2009, when the three musicians recorded and toured with Mark Lockheart’s acclaimed album ‘In Deep’, a record that brought these three musicians together as part of a quintet. Since then, each of them has developed a huge mutual respect and friendship, that to form a trio seemed the most logical and natural next step. Their latest album “Instinct” was released in September 2017 and the group will feature music from it at this gig.
Mark Lockheart (saxophones/bass clarinet) – first came to prominence in the mid-1980s with the influential big band Loose Tubes. In 1992 Mark formed the eclectic co-led quartet Perfect Houseplants, a group that released six albums and collaborated with classical artists such as the Orlando Consort, Andrew Manze and Pamela Thorby.
Liam Noble (piano) has worked towards developing a personal style formed from his experience of playing everything from standards, new composition, free improvisation and, most recently, electronics. His CD releases include “Close Your Eyes” (1994), “In The Meantime” (2001), “Romance Among The Fishes” (2004) and “Brubeck” (2007). In addition to his own projects, he has regular associations with saxophonists Julian Siegel and Bobby Wellins, singer Christine Tobin and the improvising trio “Sleepthief” with Tom Rainey and Ingrid Laubrock.
Copenhagen-born, London-based bassist Jasper Høiby created the trio Phronesis in 2005, which has since gone on to win awards for ‘Jazz Album of the Year’ in Jazzwise and MOJO Magazines 2010 (Alive, Edition 2010) as well as a London Jazz Award for their Pitch Black performance at Brecon Jazz Festival, 2012.
Here’s a little teaser video for their new album: youtu.be/IKEGGmh0HxA
With support from: Ricardo Alvarez quartet 8-8.30pm. Ricardo Alvarez Quartet playing from their new album ‘Huay Not?’ Ricardo Alvarez on tenor saxophone/compositions, Cornelius Corkery on guitar, Emlyn Vaughn on bass and Joe Montague on drums.
Doors 7.30pm music 7.45pm £16/14 (NUS £5). Booking fees apply.Buy Tickets