Jorn Swart - piano
Lucas Pino - bass clarinet
Benjamin von Gutzeit - viola
CD in 6 page digipack.
Produced by Jorn Swart
Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records 2017
Track Listing: Elefante Triste; Walsje; Feldmania; Hindemith; Odd Christmas Song; Riddle; Students Of The Macabre; The Return Of The Snow Bunnies (In Slow Motion); Meditation In C; Nocturne.
An unprecedented richness of sonority. - David Balakrishnan, Turtle Island Quartet
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”.