Winterlude 2016: Jazz with the Florian Hoefner Group
Winterlude is Canada's largest winter festival and it takes place in Canada's capital city, Ottawa. Over 600,000 people visit the Capital at this time of year with many festivities taking place throughout the city that celebrate Winter. In this spirit, the German Embassy hosted a concert with Newfoundland-based German-Canadian jazz artist Florian Hoefner and his band at the Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts in Ottawa on Saturday, January 30, 2016.
“Florian Hoefner, a jazzman on the Rock” by Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
Florian Hoefner CD reviewed by Chris Maskell, Ottawa Citizen
"Globetrotting with Florian Hoefner" by Andre Gagne, Ottawa Life Magazine
- The band:
Seamus Blake – tenor & soprano saxophone
Florian Hoefner – piano
Sam Anning – bass
Peter Kronreif – drums
The Florian Hoefner Group has constantly been evolving their unique brand of modern jazz, winning fans and critics around the globe with their creativity, virtuosity, and captivating live performances. Led by pianist Florian Hoefner, the quartet combines highly inventive writing with electrifying improvisations and interplay. Florian’s award-winning compositions draw from a myriad of influences from folk to contemporary classical music, appealing to a wide span of music fans and jazz lovers alike.
Enlarge image (© Krysta Brayer) After two successful album releases with over 90 live dates in 8 different countries, airplay on radio stations across the US, Canada and Europe, and reviews in major publications on both sides of the Atlantic, the band now presents its third record, Luminosity (Origin Records), on a cross-Canada tour. The album introduces a new set of Florian’s notable originals and, for the first time, features Seamus Blake on tenor saxophone. A sneak preview of the new material at the Montréal Jazz Festival 2015 resulted in Florian’s capture of the Stingray Rising Star Award for his compositions. Infused with his usual diversity of styles, this new album also borrows from the traditional music of Florian’s new home in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The other three band members are all accomplished performers on their own. Tenor saxophonist, Seamus Blake, is recognized as one of the finest exponents in modern jazz. He is the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and has played with artists including Brad Mehldau, John Scofield, Antonio Sanchez and Brian Blade. Bassist, Sam Anning, has performed with the likes of Kenny Werner, George Garzone, Cyrille Aimée and Jim Black and is a recipient of the Toyota Scholarship for Jazz. Drummer, Peter Kronreif has played on more than 30 CD releases and currently can be heard with some of New York City’s most exciting emerging artists such as John Ellis, Alan Harris, and the LeBoeuf Brothers.
The Florian Höfner Group acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.