Florian is part of “Sea to Sea”, Christine Jensen’s project for “Tenacity”, this year’s free online edition of the Ottawa Jazz Festival. Christine put together a tentet of jazz musicians from across Canada to perform her arrangement of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now”.
The full set from the Florian Hoefner Group’s performance at Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2019 is now available for streaming on ABC Jazz.
Get a look behind the scenes of “First Spring” with this Spotify playlist. It puts Florian’s trio arrangements back to back with the original version he worked from when creating the album.
“First Spring” was selected as Jazz Album of the Month in the March 2020 issue of Germany’s Piano News Magazine. It received best marks on interpretation and sound.
Florian will be on faculty at the new Stratford Summer Jazz Academy, a jazz camp for young musicians age 14-18 in Stratford, ON, Canada. It is part of the Stratford Summer Music Festival. Other faculty members include Kelly Jefferson (saxophone), Andre Lachance (bass) and Jim Doxas (drums).
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 […]