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Seamless interplay of unusual sonorities
— Downbeat Magazine ☆☆☆☆
Malnoia is brimming with cryptic gifts and Delphic designs that manage to fascinate and confound.
— Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz ☆☆☆☆

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Jorn Swart is a spirited up-and-coming jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, currently living and performing in NYC. The Dutch pianist's refined playing and emotive compositions have garnered him much recognition, here and abroad. In November, 2013 he toured Europe to present his debut CD, A Day in the Life of Boriz, featuring some of NYC's most thrilling and fearless jazz musicians. Swart now proudly announces the release of his compelling new sophomore album, Malnoia, available on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records on May 26, 2017.

Jorn is a musician of great sensibility, with a very inventive mind. He will surprise us, I’m sure, and so will his music.
— Jean-Michel Pilc

Press quotes on Malnoia:

Malnoia is brimming with cryptic gifts and Delphic designs that manage to fascinate and confound. It’s a record that becomes richer and more meaningful with each and every listen.
— Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
Its heavenly composure will certainly touch the most sensitive listeners.
— Filipe Freitas, Jazz Trail
A fantastical kaleidoscope of styles and influences
— De Telegraaf
Certainly one of the finest debuts I heard in 2013
— David Adler (NYC Jazz Record)
A beautiful debut album by Jorn Swart, an important new voice in the world of jazz piano. Swart’s writing and playing are very engaging, organic—he truly casts a spell on the listener. He and his band members have created a subtle and nuanced recording—their playing is wise beyond their years.
— David Berkman
[Swart has] mastered the art of using a single improvised line to elicit complex emotions – no small feat when the musician is winging it.
— Jazziz Magazin
An introspective if not oddly cathartic look inside the harmonic mind of a rising star!
— Critical Jazz
A singularly memorable, moody narrative from Jorn Swart
— Lucid Culture
A very mature and profound album, full of dark and autumnal nocturnes
— Jazzflits



by Jorn Swart

Malnoia is timeless and sophisticated, and reshapes the concept of the traditional jazz piano trio. In replacing double bass and drums with bass clarinet and viola, the project elegantly and creatively expands the limits of what is possible within a “piano trio”.

On Malnoia, Swart drew inspiration from classical composers such as Maurice Ravel, Bela Bartok and Paul Hindemith, and combined them with elements of jazz, creating an atypical sound that can be both lyrical and nostalgic, and abstract and unpredictable. His melancholic themes suddenly turn into unruly improvisations or sparkling romanticism.

The Malnoia trio, featuring Swart with Benni von Gutzeit (of the Turtle Island Quartet) on viola, and Lucas Pino (whose "No Net Nonet" has had a residency at Smalls Jazz Club for over three years) on bass clarinet, possesses the ability to sweep the listener up in a moving musical experience that has been described as "hallucinogenic chamber music”.

"Malnoia is brimming with cryptic gifts and Delphic designs that manage to fascinate and confound. It's a record that becomes richer and more meaningful with each and every listen." - Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

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jorn swart - Malnoia (2017)

Jorn Swart - piano
Lucas Pino - bass clarinet
Benjamin von Gutzeit - viola

Produced by Jorn Swart
Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records



Jorn Swart - A Day in the Life of Boriz (2013)

Jorn Swart - piano / compositions
Chad Lefkowitz-Brown - tenor saxophone
Scott Colberg - double bass
Dan Pugach - drums

Produced by Jorn Swart
Mainland Records 2013



Dan Pugach Nonet - Plus One (2018)

Ingrid Jensen - trumpet
David Smith - trumpet
Mike Fahie - trombone
Jen Hinkle - bass trombone
Andrew Gould - alto saxophone, flute
Jeremy Powell - tenor saxophone, clarinet
Andrew Gutauskas - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Nicole Zuraitis - voice
Carmen Staaf - piano
Jorn Swart - piano
Tamir Shmerling - bass
Bernardo Aguiar - pandeiro
Dan Pugach - drums, compositions, arrangements



Sam Blakeslee Quintet - Selective Coverage (2017)

Sam Blakeslee - trombone / compositions
Jorn Swart - piano
Cory Todd - double bass
Dan Pugach - drums
Brandon Coleman - guitar




Kari van der Kloot - Seedling (2017)

Kari van der Kloot - vocals / compositions
Jorn Swart - piano
Lauren Falls - double bass
Matt Davis - guitar



Zusha - Modeh (Single, 2017)



Sterling Rhyne - Remedy (Single, 2017)



Keren Botaro - EP (2016)