Seamus Blake (Tenor & Soprano Saxophone)
Florian Hoefner (Piano)
Sam Anning (Bass)
Peter Kroneif (Drums)
New Release ‘Luminosity’,Origin Records, January 2016
Since their formation in New York City fiveyears ago, the Florian Hoefner Group has constantly been evolving their uniquebrand of modern jazz, winning fans and critics around the globe with theircreativity, virtuosity, and captivating live performances. Led by pianistFlorian Hoefner, the quartet combines highly inventive writing with electrifyingimprovisations and interplay. Florian’s award-winning compositions draw from amyriad of influences from folk to contemporary classical music, appealing to a widespan of music fans and jazz lovers alike.
After two successful album releases with over90 live dates in 8 different countries, airplay on radio stations across theUS, Canada and Europe, and reviews in major publications on both sides of theAtlantic, the band now presents its third record, ‘Luminosity’ (Origin Records),on a cross-Canada tour. The album introduces a new set of Florian’s notableoriginals and, for the first time, features Seamus Blake on tenor saxophone. Asneak preview of the new material at the Montréal Jazz Festival 2015 resultedin Florian’s capture of the Stingray Rising Star Award for his compositions.Infused with his usual diversity of styles, this new album also borrows fromthe traditional music of Florian’s new home in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The otherthree band members are all accomplished performers on their own. Tenorsaxophonist, Seamus Blake, is recognized as one of the finest exponents inmodern jazz. He is the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk InternationalJazz Competition and has played with artists including Brad Mehldau, JohnScofield, Antonio Sanchez and Brian Blade. Bassist, Sam Anning, has performedwith the likes of Kenny Werner, George Garzone, Cyrille Aimée and Jim Black andis a recipient of the Toyota Scholarship for Jazz. Drummer, Peter Kronreif hasplayed on more than 30 CD releases and currently can be heard with some of NewYork City’s most exciting emerging artists such as John Ellis, Alan Harris, andthe LeBoeuf Brothers.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council forthe Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadiansthroughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de sonsoutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollarspour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout lepays.