Scandinavian/British jazz trio Phronesis have the ability to excite, inspire and move people in a way that few bands are able to do. Led by Danish double-bassist Jasper Hoiby, their charismatic live performances have prompted Jon Newey (Editor of Jazzwise Magazine) to describe them as ‘the most exciting and imaginative piano trio since EST’.
In 2010 Phronesis captured the hearts and minds of British audiences and developed a fierce reputation as one of the most formidable trios in the UK. They were nominated for ‘Best Jazz Ensemble’ in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, featured on the front cover of Jazzwise Magazine and nominated for ‘Best Jazz Act’ at the prestigious 2010 MOBO Awards. 2010 also saw the trio gain increasing attention in Europe, with acclaimed performances at the Banlieues Bleues Festival in Paris, and the Copenhagen and North Sea Jazz Festivals in addition to the Brecon, Glasgow and London Jazz Festivals in the UK. In 2011 the trio received an outstanding reception on their first tour of North America, including the Montreal and Ottawa Jazz Festivals and the legendary Jazz Standard club in New York. In August 2011, the trio premiered their ‘Pitch Black’ project at Brecon Jazz Festival – a performance in total darkness, which was described in a 5-star review by the Telegraph as a ‘unique, unmissable triumph’. ‘Pitch Black’ was also repeated in Germany and to a sell-out house at the 2011 London Jazz Festival in November. The trio have been nominated for a 2012 London Jazz Award for this project.
The trio’s third album, Alive (Edition), featuring guest drummer Mark Guiliana (Avishai Cohen/Meshell Ndegeocello), was released in July 2010 to great critical acclaim and chosen as ‘Jazz Album of the Year’ by Jazzwise and MOJO Magazines. Phronesis release their fourth album, Walking Dark (Edition), in Spring 2012 – the first album in which all members of the band contribute to the writing, as well as the arranging. The album launch will see the trio touring in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Spain and the UK in early 2012.
Copenhagen-born, London-based, bassist Jasper Hoiby created Phronesis in 2005, following his graduation from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Phronesis’ debut album Organic Warfare was released in November 2007 on Loop Records. Their hotly anticipated second album Green Delay was released in June 2009, receiving critical acclaim from The Guardian, Jazzwise (who voted it as one of their top ten albums of 2009)
“One of the most exciting bands on the planet today” JAZZWISE
“Look out for Phronesis – they might change your life!” SEAN RAFFERTY (’IN TUNE’ BBC RADIO 3)
“…the most electrifying experience to be had in British jazz” THE TELEGRAPH
“The most exciting and imaginative piano trio since EST” JON NEWEY (EDITOR JAZZWISE)
“Anyone who doubts there’s a UK jazz scene worth taking note of should listen to Phronesis, who are proof positive that we have bands that are worthy of jazz’s premier league right on our doorstep” BASS GUITAR MAGAZINE
”A frenetic grooving, great young band with bags of confidence” TIME OUT