First Spring was nominated as Jazz Album of the Year and Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2020 East Coast Music Awards. The awards show and conference will be held in St. John’s from April 29th to May 1st.
The Iris Trio (Christine Carter – clarinet, Molly Carr – viola, Anna Petrova – piano) is premiering Florian’s new work “Bird Island Suite” in collaboration with poet Don McKay on tour in Eastern Canada. Stay tuned for a full performance video.
First Spring made it into the top ten of Peter Hum’s best Canadian Jazz of 2019 in the Ottawa Citizen.
Pianist Florian Hoefner and his trio immerse themselves in “the ethos of traditional songs and the high lonesome sound of Bluegrass” on this surprisingly fine recording—a blend of jazz and Americana, folk and country. Who’d have thought that would work? (Dan McClenaghan) Read entire Top 10 at All About Jazz
“Having heard Hoefner now on record and in person performing solo and with a quartet, a quintet and now a trio, I’m stumped as to which context I prefer him in. In every situation, the music is so substantial and at times even breath-taking. I do know that I’ll be coming back to First Spring […]
On the release day of the new album ‘First Spring’, Florian joinedJAZZ.FM91 to chat about his influences and composition style, as well as to perform a couple of the new tunes for us live on the air…
Florian is taking his trio on tour in 2019 and 2020 to present the music of his new release ‘First Spring’ with concert dates in Canada and Germany.
In sheer color and variety, in the depth of its characterization and the exceptional range of refinement of its pianism, Hoefner imparts power and exceptional stature to the opener, “Hound’s Tune”, a re-imagination of the legendary Rufus Guinchard’s fiddler-on-the-rock masterpiece.
“An hour later, German pianist Florian Hoefner led his group through a memorable set drawn from his latest album, Luminosity. Hoefner met his bandmates (bassist Sam Anning, drummer Peter Kronreif and saxophonist Mike Rivett) while all four were living in New York, and this show felt like a joyful reunion. […]
“The sheer songfulness of the material spurred Hoefner to interpret and improvise with lyricism at the forefront. His arrangements added the right amount of jazz breadth and sophistication to the mix in terms of harmonic and structural richness, without turning the material into jazzschool contrivances. These pieces, plus Hoefner’s like-minded and well-crafted originals such as the quick, […]