MALIJA is my current small group with the amazing Liam Noble on piano and Jasper Hoiby on bass. We formed the group as a result of an invitation to perform at the Rochester Jazz Festival 2014 in New York and from the very first rehearsal we had so much fun and musical empathy. We had all worked together previously on my 2009 album ‘In Deep’ but this time we all decided to share the writing between us and explore a sound world without drums. It’s really hard to describe the music but I thought Jasper put it brilliantly when he described our music as “weird, simple, complicated, free, tight, floaty, ugly, beautiful and heartfelt, depending on your mood”. Our debut CD 'The Day I Had Everything’ was released on the Edition record label late 2015.
Our second album 'Instinct' came out in June 2016 (again on the Edition record label) which was followed by a 22-date UK tour and concerts in Europe. We have so much fun with this group, watch this space for concerts later in 2018!
Check out the Edition Records Malija page here.
"Malija delivers the expected deliciously abstruse riches a-plenty, peppered with humour, melodic wit, irregular groove and a vivid descriptive quality" Mojo ****
WRITTEN IN MUSIC ****
"Instinct's really handsome in it's intertwindness of the songs and the musicians. Big album that will hit some rounds here" Written In Music ***** Netherlands
"The real substance of Malija’s music often lies just below the surface. “Instinct” is an album whose secrets and subtleties become more and more apparent on subsequent listenings." The Jazzmann Oct 4 2017
THE GUARDIAN ****
"The pleasure of this trio in their close relationship is infectiously evident all over the set, beautifully played and often very spontaneous three-way postbop/world-folk conversation."
THE ARTS DESK
"All-star trio delivers meticulously crafted performances of new material...a cliché-free collection and a work of trenchant individuality...The outstanding recorded sound serves to complement the meticulously crafted performances"
“To listen to an album is also to respect the choices of artists, to be carried unrestricted into their world, to share with them. INSTINCT manages to provide us with this moment of communion which intensifies with each listening. What more do we need?” HIGHLAND MAGAZINE (FR)
THE FINANCIAL TIMES
"The london-based equal partners trio Malija deliver lyrical chamber jazz with a strong pulse and fine-tuned sense of mood"
THE YORK POST
"The Day I Had Everything is another jewel in an increasingly valuable crown of Edition Records"
"This album will forever magnify what is beautiful about new jazz"