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!
"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"