Florian Hoefner GroupLuminosity
"Luminosity is a total experience. […] Far from a collection of tunes with separate meanings and musical messages, Luminosity is a complete work, so unified one forgets where one track ends and the next begins. It is the essence of flow, as clear as a stream rushing by and equally invigorating. "
Seamus Blake – tenor & soprano saxophone Florian Hoefner – piano
Sam Anning – bass
Peter Kronreif – drums
His new album, “Luminosity,” shows him to be a composer-bandleader of insightful resolve.” Nate Chinen, New York Times
Since their formation in New York City five years ago, the Florian Hoefner Group has constantly been evolving their unique brand of modern jazz, winning fans and critics around the globe with their creativity, virtuosity, and captivating live performances. Led by pianist Florian Hoefner, the quartet combines highly inventive writing with electrifying improvisations and interplay. Florian’s award-winning compositions draw from a myriad of influences from folk to contemporary classical music, appealing to a wide span of music fans and jazz lovers alike.
After two successful album releases with over 90 live dates in 8 different countries, airplay on radio stations across the US, Canada and Europe, and reviews in major publications on both sides of the Atlantic, the band now presents its third record, “Luminosity” (Origin Records). Described as a “starkly picturesque album [...] that makes profound statements from quiet moments” by Downbeat and as a “total experience” by the New York Jazz Record the album introduces a new set of Florian’s notable originals and, for the first time, features Seamus Blake on tenor saxophone. A sneak preview of the new material at the Montréal Jazz Festival 2015 resulted in Florian’s capture of the Stingray Rising Star Award for his compositions. Infused with his usual diversity of styles, this new album also borrows from the traditional music of Florian’s new home in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The other three band members are all accomplished performers on their own. Tenor saxophonist, Seamus Blake, is recognized as one of the finest exponents in modern jazz. He is the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and has played with artists including Brad Mehldau, John Scofield, Antonio Sanchez and Brian Blade. Bassist, Sam Anning, has performed with the likes of Kenny Werner, George Garzone, Cyrille Aimée and Jim Black and is a recipient of the Toyota Scholarship for Jazz. Drummer, Peter Kronreif has played on more than 30 CD releases and currently can be heard with some of New York City’s most exciting emerging artists such as John Ellis, Alan Harris, and the LeBoeuf Brothers.