Florian Hoefner Album Launch: COLDWATER STORIES Sept 23 2017 7pm @HCArts @florianhjazz
Album Launch: COLDWATER STORIES
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 7:00 pm
Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts Recital Hall
126 James St S, Hamilton, ON
Tickets: Regular $20, Senior/Student $15,
All HCA students and families $10.
“A Harmonically daring pianist … reaching toward new sonic territory.” -Downbeat (USA)
HCA opens a bold new 2017/2018 concert season with jazz pianist and composer Florian Hoefner. Born and raised in Germany, trained in New York City, and now based in Canada, Hoefner draws from a myriad of influences that cumulate in his unique brand of modern jazz. Praised as a “composer-bandleader of insightful resolve” by the New York Times, Florian Hoefner has made his mark as an inventive creator and performer of exciting contemporary Jazz.
Hoefner’s new album, Coldwater Stories, is inspired by the maritime landscape around the island of Newfoundland, and will be released September 15th on Origin Records. An adventurous musical tribute to his homeland, the album marks Hoefner’s recording debut as a solo pianist, and explores intersections between composition and improvisation. This fall, Hoefner connects four Canadian cities on a “maritime solo piano journey” culminating in a finale on September 23 at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts.
While Hoefner breaks new ground with this solo album, he is no stranger to acclaim. With his quartet, the Florian Hoefner Group, he has released 3 albums on Origin Records that have received rave reviews around the globe. “Luminosity,” which features tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, has been 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. It has been nominated as Jazz Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards 2017. As a member of the Germany-based collective, Subtone, Florian has released 4 critically acclaimed albums on labels including ENJA Records and performed on 4 continents including festivals such as Jazz Baltica (Germany), ACACIA Jazz Festival (Ethiopia), Jazz in Situ (Ecuador) and Tremplin Jazz d’Avignon (France) where the group was awarded the jury and audience awards.
A two-time winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, Florian’s compositions and arrangements can be heard on many commercial albums by artists including Till Brönner, Jasmin Tabatabai and Peter Fessler. His big band compositions have been performed by the New York Jazz Orchestra, the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, the German Youth Jazz Orchestra and the DanJam Orchestra.
Active as a solo performer since 2014, Florian has played at venues including the Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., the Kitano in New York City and the Jazz Bistro in Toronto. In 2016, he was awarded a grant by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council to write and record his first solo piano album: Coldwater Stories. Recorded at Sendesaal Bremen, a heritage protected radio hall in Northern Germany, the album’s many influences carry it beyond orthodox jazz: “The listener may well hear a good deal of Debussy and perhaps Ravel and Scriabin.”