- June 23, 2023
Born and raised in Germany, trained in New York City, and now based in Canada, 2023 JUNO award–winning jazz pianist and composer, Florian 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 and a “harmonically daring pianist … reaching toward new sonic territory” by Downbeat Magazine, Florian Hoefner has made his mark as an inventive creator and performer of exciting contemporary Jazz.
With his quartet, the Florian Hoefner Group, he has released three albums on Origin Records that have received rave reviews around the globe. Their busy touring schedule has taken the group to North America, Europe, and Australia so far, including a celebrated performance at the Melbourne Jazz Festival 2019.
As a member of the Germany-based collective, Subtone, he has released four critically acclaimed albums. Florian’s work as a sideman has led to numerous additional CD releases including a collaboration with guitarist, Kurt Rosenwinkel on Fresh Sounds Records.
Since 2018, Hoefner has been working with his new Canadian trio with Andrew Downing on bass and Nick Fraser on drums. Their award-winning debut album First Spring was released in September 2019 on Alma Records/Universal. The album, which focuses on Hoefner’s arrangements of folk tunes from around the world, was nominated for a 2021 JUNO award in the category Jazz Album of the Year (Group) and won Instrumental Recording of the Year and Jazz Recording of the Year at the 2020 East Coast Music Awards in Atlantic Canada. Now the three are presenting their follow-up album, Desert Bloom (release: June 3rd, Alma Records). The new program includes seven original compositions showcasing Hoefner’s hallmark lyricism and knack for suspenseful dramaturgy, and two new arrangements of pieces from the contemporary Indie Rock and Bluegrass world. The album has just earned a JUNO award for Jazz Album of the Year (Group) as well as two East Coast Music Award nominations.
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Venue: Esplanade Lobby