PHRONESIS biography

Jasper Høiby (Denmark) - double bass

Ivo Neame (UK) - piano

Anton Eger (Sweden/Norway) - drums

"One of the most exciting bands on the planet today!"


Scandinavian/British jazz trio Phronesis have the ability to excite, inspire and move

people in a way that few bands are able to do. Formed in 2005 by Danish doublebass

player Jasper Høiby, their charismatic live performances have captured the

hearts and minds of audiences worldwide and prompted Jon Newey (Editor of

Jazzwise Magazine) to describe them as "the most exciting and imaginative piano trio

since EST".

In Spring 2016 Phronesis launched their sixth album 'Parallax' (recorded at Abbey

Road Studios, London) with concerts at the 950-seater Cadogan Hall in London and

at Jazzhouse in Copenhagen, plus tour dates in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands,

Belgium, Poland and France. In the summer the trio were invited to perform at the

opening of the Danish Olympic Pavilion in Rio, Brazil alongside dates at the

prestigious SESC venues in São Paulo. September saw the trio returning to the

studio in Germany to record Julian Argüelles's arrangements of their compositions

with the hr Frankfurt Radio Big Band. This album, titled 'The Behemoth' is released

on March 31st 2017.

2015 "Ten years on the road, and Phronesis are established as one of the great

trios. Three players, moving as one – head, heart and hands." – London Jazz News.

The trio began their tenth anniversary year with a 6-date Music Network tour of

Ireland, followed by a spring tour in Germany and Switzerland. In May the trio

performed their 'Pitch Black' project for a sold-out show at Cheltenham Jazz Festival,

where Jazzwise described their "deep, almost uncanny empathy that stands them

apart from any other piano trio in Europe."

In the summer, the band returned for the third time to the Canadian festival circuit,

performing at Montreal and Vancouver Jazz Festivals.

Following performances in Germany, Austria, the UK, Belgium, Luxembourg & the

Ukraine in the autumn, the band recorded their sixth album 'Parallax' at the

renowned Abbey Road studios in London. In November the trio celebrate their tenth

anniversary at Sendesaal Frankfurt and the London Jazz Festival with a special

project for which UK composer/arranger Julian Argüelles has created innovative

arrangements of the trio's compositions for performances by the Frankfurt Radio Big

Band alongside Phronesis.

In 2014 Phronesis released their critically acclaimed fifth album 'Life to Everything'.

With a reputation for spell-binding roller-coaster live performances and a second

MOBO Award nomination for 'best jazz act', the year's performing schedule took

them to concert stages across the world from Morocco to Brazil, to festivals including

North Sea, Copenhagen, Middelheim and Elb, and on tours across the UK, Germany,

Belgium and the Netherlands, marking their rise to the forefront of the European club


In 2013 Phronesis began the year touring in Australia, Scandinavia, Germany,

Switzerland and the UK. They returned to North America in the summer to perform

at Montreal, Vancouver and Edmonton jazz festivals in Canada and Rochester Jazz

Festival and the Jazz Standard NY in the USA. In September the trio toured on the

West Coast of the USA for the first time, including two performances at the Monterey

Jazz Festival, and in October they repeated their extraordinary 'Pitch Black' project

for three shows in Belgium. The trio recorded their fifth album of brand new material,

'Life To Everything', live in the round, over three sold out EFG London Jazz Festival

performances in November.

In 2012 the trio rose to the peak of their creative power with fourth album, Walking

Dark (Edition). Described in a 5* review in BBC Music Magazine as "arguably the

best disc yet from one of the best of the bunch of contemporary bands" , it is the first

album in which all members of the band contribute to the writing as well as the

arranging. The album launch saw the trio touring in Germany, the Netherlands,

Denmark, Belgium, Spain, France, Romania, Ireland and the UK including

performances at Istanbul, Vitoria, Palatia, C- Mine and Copenhagen Jazz Festivals.

Earlier in the year Jasper Høiby was awarded the Copenhagen Jazz Festival's 'Young

Spirit Award' and in June the trio won the 'London Jazz Award' at the London

Awards for Art and Performance . With their "rare combination of solid jazz

credentials and zeitgeist" (jazz journal), Phronesis were chosen by the International

Jazz Festivals Organisation, (as one of only six groups worldwide), for the IJFO new

talent support programme , which includes performances for the trio at up to 17

IJFO festivals over the coming two years.

In 2011 the trio received an outstanding reception on their first tour of North

America, including the Rochester, Montreal and Ottawa International Jazz Festivals

and the legendary Jazz Standard club in New York. In August 2011, they 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.

In 2010 Phronesis 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 . The trio gained 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. 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.

The energy and individuality of Phronesis comes from an extraordinary democracy of

expression and intuitive empathy between the musicians - British pianist Ivo Neame

and Swedish drummer Anton Eger come together with Høiby to create a propulsive

groove-driven sound that is utterly accessible despite its underlying complexity.

"Phronesis have a precocious compositional strength, hitching striking themes to

engaging grooves; they have improv virtuosity to spare, but never show off, and

make light of travelling the most devious rhythmic routes." – the Guardian

The trio's debut album Organic Warfare was released in November 2007 on Loop

Records. Their 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) and The Times.


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