10 May 2018, by SydneySchelvis
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In June, jazz-pianist Jorn Swart will perform in New York with his band Malnoia. On Sunday, June 3rd, they play at the Voelker Orth Museum in Flushing (Queens), and on Saturday, June 9th, at 11:30am they perform at the Blue Note Jazz Club in the Greenwich Village (Manhattan) during a jazzy brunch. Tickets are $39,50 and include food & a drunk.
Malnoia redefines the concept of the traditional jazz piano trio. In replacing double bass and drums with bass clarinet and viola, the project pushes the limits of what is possible with three instruments. This unusual combination allows for exciting compositions and playful improvisations, sweeping the listener up in a moving musical experience that has been described as "hallucinogenic chamber music."
Dutch pianist Jorn Swart, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, drew inspiration for this project from classical composers like Maurice Ravel, Béla Bartók, and Paul Hindemith. He combines these influences with elements of jazz, creating an atypical sound that can be both lyrical and nostalgic, and abstract and unpredictable. His melancholic themes turn suddenly into unruly improvisations or sparkling romanticism.