Philippe Lemm Trio, Malnoia

Philippe Lemm Trio

Philippe Lemm - Drums (center)
Angelo Di Loreto - Piano (left)
Jeff Koch - Bass (right)

"The Philippe Lemm Trio is continually proving to be one of the most exciting and electrifying jazz trio's around today. Led at the helm by drummer Philippe Lemm, the group met in New York in 2011, and after one session together, realized that their undeniable chemistry was one that needed to be taken and shared with the world.

Comprised of three musicians with exceptional command of their instruments, the group's repertoire draws heavily from re-imaginations of jazz standards in a way that both defies genre and corresponds to any modern jazz fan.
The group uses their trust and understanding of one another's musical tendencies to create passionate musical soundscapes, which range from traditional jazz to the progressive rock/classical-influenced music.
Hearing the trio is a special and unforgettable experience, and you will be captivated after listening to one piece."

Their TV appearance on the TV-show Vrije Geluiden led to sold out concerts throughout The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany on the first half of their European CD release tour.

The trio has performed on stages like: North Sea Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Getxo Festival (Bilbao), Rockwood Musichall (New York), Loftas (Vilnius), Tivoli (Utrecht), Blue Frog (Mumbai)


“Stunning, beautiful, and magnificent music was performed at the 2017 Northwest Jazz Festival. An overwhelming audience favorite. The Philippe Lemm Trio are consummate musicians with intricate and exciting arrangements. One of the most refreshing jazz music to hit our festival in years!” Tony Zambito, Artistic Director North West Jazz Festival

"A highly engaging band with the ability to create an exciting mixture of its many influences." - Mikkomatti Aro, Artistic Director Pori Jazz Festival, Finland

“Subtile, powerfull and wayward. Drummer Phillippe Lemm found his voice in New York and we want more of it!.“
- Radio 6

"From the first note till the last on the edge of your seat.......mesmerized by the trio"
- Erik Raayman, Draai om je oren

“From Wayne Shorter to Jenny Arean... The Philippe Lemm Trio completely wins you over.”

"This concert was a revelation"
- Michiel van Ree, Artishock

"New Amsterdam is a true discovery full of enthusiasm and intrigues you from the first note"


Malnoia is timeless and sophisticated, and reshapes the concept of the traditional jazz piano trio. In replacing double bass and drums with bass clarinet and viola, the project elegantly and creatively expands the limits of what is possible within a "piano trio".

On Malnoia, Swart drew inspiration from classical composers such as Maurice Ravel, Bela Bartok and Paul Hindemith, and combined them with elements of jazz, creating an atypical sound that can be both lyrical and nostalgic, and abstract and unpredictable. His melancholic themes suddenly turn into unruly improvisations or sparkling romanticism.

The Malnoia trio, featuring Swart with Benni von Gutzeit (of the Turtle Island Quartet) on viola, and Lucas Pino (whose "No Net Nonet" has had a residency at Smalls Jazz Club for over three years) on bass clarinet, possesses the ability to sweep the listener up in a moving musical experience that has been described as "hallucinogenic chamber music".

"Jorn is a musician of great sensibility, with a very inventive mind. He will surprise us, I'm sure, and so will his music." - Jean-Michel Pilc­

Jorn Swart
Jorn Swart (1987) is a spirited up-and-coming jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, currently living and performing in New York City. His refined playing and touching compositions already gained him much international and national recognition. In November 2013 he toured Europe with his critically acclaimed debut album “A Day in the Life of Boriz”. In 2010 he received a Fulbright grant, Huygens Scholarship, and a fund from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds in order to pursue his Master's Degree in New York City. In 2011 he was one of the 20 musicians from around the world selected for the "Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency" in Washington, D.C. That same year he was the winner of the Sir Roland Hanna Award, a yearly award presented to an excelling jazz pianist. In the United States he has performed with greats such as Jimmy Heath, Sheila Jordan, and Antonio Hart and in the Netherlands with Tineke Postma, Benjamin Herman, Jasper Blom, and Clemens van der Feen. Jorn has performed and toured all across Europe and throughout the United States.

Benni von Gutzeit

Occupying the viola chair in the famed Turtle Island Quartet, Benjamin von Gutzeit is one of a handful of jazz viola players in the world. He was born into a musical family in Bochum, Germany and started taking violin lessons at the age of four. As a child he twice won the German competition "Jugend Musiziert" and went on a solo tour in Japan. After studying with jazz violinist Andreas Schreiber in Austria he moved to the Netherlands where he became a prominent part of the Dutch jazz scene. He played with Martin's Fondse Starvinsky Orchestra and performed in the Bimhuis and at the North Sea Jazz Festival. In 2010 he moved to New York and was the first jazz violinist to obtain a master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music. Von Gutzeit has performed and recorded with musicians such as jazz violinist Mark Feldman, electronic music virtuoso Matthew Herbert, cellist Ernst Reijseger, and saxophonist Dave Liebman. Since 2012 he has been a member of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet, touring around the world the entire year.

Lucas Pino

It’s hard to imagine the New York jazz scene without tenor saxophonist Lucas Pino. With his own No Net Nonet he has maintained a monthly residency at Smalls since March 2013. He has performed with Dave Brubeck, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Christian McBride, Carl Allen, Benny Green and David Sanborn. Lucas has traveled to play in Australia, Poland, Spain, Britain, The Netherlands, Brazil, Costa Rica, throughout the United States, and Canada. He has appeared at venues such as the Blue Note, Dizzy's, The Jazz Standard, and Chicago Symphony Hall.

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Lucas grew up singing hymns in church. He started playing saxophone at age 10. As a high school junior, Lucas won the Downbeat award for Best Instrumental Soloist in 2004. He attended the Brubeck Institute from 2005-2007, where he studied closely with Dave Brubeck. Lucas finished his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Performance at The New School in 2009. He attended Juilliard from 2009-2011, where he received a Master of Music.



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