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.
We have just recorded our second album 'Instinct' which comes out in September again on the Edition record label. We have a fab tour planned too that starts in Oct/Nov and continues again Jan early February 2018 , check the dates page for details. Really excited about the new record and hope to see lots of people at the gigs all around the UK! Here's a little teaser video for the new album
"The pleasure of this trio in their close relationship is infectiously evident all over the set"
"Malija delivers the expected deliciously abstruse riches a-plenty, peppered with humour, melodic wit, irregular groove and a vivid descriptive quality"
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"
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"