Since their formation in New York City five years ago, the Florian Hoefner Group has been captivating fans and critics around the globe with their creativity, virtuosity, and gripping live performances. Led by pianist Florian Hoefner, the quartet combines highly inventive writing with electrifying improvisations and interplay. Florian’s award-winning compositions draw on a myriad of influences from folk to contemporary classical music, appealing to a wide span of music fans and jazz lovers alike.
After two successful album releases with over 100 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 long anticipated third record, “Luminosity” (Origin Records). Described as a “starkly picturesque album [...] that makes profound statements from quiet moments” (Downbeat) and as a “total experience” (New York Jazz Record), the album introduces a new set of Hoefner’s notable originals.
A sneak preview of the new material at the Montréal Jazz Festival 2015 resulted in Hoefner’s capture of the Stingray Rising Star Award for his compositions. Infused with his usual diversity of styles, this new album is also inspired by the traditional music of Hoefner’s new home in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
“Luminosity is a complete work, so unified one forgets where one track ends and the next begins. It is the essence of flow, as clear as a stream rushing by and equally invigorating.“ New York Jazz Record (USA)
“Mr. Hoefner is an articulate German-born pianist. […] His new album, “Luminosity,” shows him to be a composer-bandleader of insightful resolve.” New York Times (USA)
Lucas Pino – tenor & soprano saxophone
Florian Hoefner – piano
Sam Anning – bass
Peter Kronreif – drums