Cloudmaker Trio ‘Five”
Under the leadership of the award-winning multi-instrumentalist Jim Hart (a founding member of London's Loop Collective), Cloudmakers Trio represents the culmination of over a decade of musical growth between three of the finest musicians currently working on the international jazz, improvised and alternative music scenes. Drummer and fellow Loop member Dave Smith is known for his experimental approach as well as a deep knowledge of West African music that has seen him work with the likes of Robert Plant and Hilmar Jensen as well as being the creative drive behind Outhouse Ruhabi and Fofoulah. Michael Janisch underpins the group with his virtuosic and driving bass playing that has led him to work with some of the world's most notable visionaries, from co-led bands with Lee Konitz and Greg Osby to performances with Quincy Jones, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Joe
Lovano to name a few.
With their uncompromising approach, Cloudmakers Trio effortlessly marry the complex with accessibility, the improvised with composed, and showcase original music that lies somewhere between New York's downtown sound and the modern European tradition. As a result their music defies easy category yet draws influence from a diverse range of traditions, featuring the underexploited format of the vibraphone trio. While pushing the boundaries of what
can be done with this instrumentation they remain devoted to in the moment risk taking, a deep groove and strong melodies.
After a very successful North American tour taking in Rochester, Vancouver, Vitoria and Twin Cities Jazz festivals, and a very well received inaugural UK tour where they recorded live at the Vortext, Cloudmakers Trio once again
open the door to collaboration. Joined by Austrian-born guitarist Hannes Riepler and French-based alto saxophonist Antonin Tri Hoang this new music exlores their renown cataclysm of exciting rhythmical interplay paired with the two front line voices in what will surely result in their strongest program of original, genre-twisting music to date.
"It's one of the most exciting and persuasive jazz albums to have come out of the UK's recording studios so far this year." (Abstract Forces review)
4 Stars, Jazzwise Magazine
"London-based Cloudmakers Trio shakes up everything in sight on its second release. Abstract Forces further highlights the group's exceptional vibraphone-bass-drums telepathy... draws from such diverse musical worldsincluding free-jazz, funk, electronic experimentation, pure swing and unbridled improvisation... their music is not only impossible to resist, but gets better with repeated plays."
4 Stars, Downbeat Magazine