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Jasper Høiby

Double bass player, composer

”Beautifully judged sounds. Høiby’s instrumental abilities easily match his compositional flair.”
John L Walters, The Guardian

Danish musician, bandleader and composer, Jasper Høiby is one of the most exciting and in-demand talents on the current London scene.

A member of London's emergent Loop Collective and an associate of the more established
F-IRE Collective, Høiby has played with many of the most influential names in modern European jazz and is now making a name for himself as a powerful and distinctive composer in his own right with his piano trio, Phronesis.


Phronesis is inspired by Høiby’s fascination with the rhythms and melodies of African, Cuban, Brazillian, Middle Eastern and Eastern European folk and traditional music.

Teaming Høiby’s upright bass with Swedes Magnus Hjorth on Piano and Anton Eger on drums, the trio quickly made their mark on the Scandinavian scene with their own brand of deeply interactive groove-based music.

Their debut album, ’Organic Warfare’, was released on Loop Records in November 2007.

Since then the trio have sold more than 11,000 songs as downloads in the US and Europe and performed three years consecutively at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival.

The new line up of Phronesis now features British pianist Ivo Neame and is recording the trio’s second album, ‘Green Delay,’ due for release in May 2009.

Phronesis will tour the UK in Spring/Summer 2009 to launch the new album, and will also undertake a double-bill tour with fellow Loop members, Gemini, in Autumn/Winter 2009.

“Høiby’s rich and sophisticated piano trio glides along like a well-oiled machine… exploring endless rhythmic and melodic variations, held together by Høiby’s powerful groove instinct.”
Daniel Spicer, Jazzwise


Høiby is also one third of the trio Arthurs, Høiby, Ritchie, featuring renowned flugelhorn and trumpet player Tom Arthurs and amazing drummer and percussionist Stuart Ritchie.

Arthurs, Høiby, Ritchie have performed at the Cheltenham Festival in 2005, the London Jazz Festival in 2007, and recorded several live sessions broadcasted on BBC Jazz on 3.

Arthurs, Høiby, Ritchie released their debut album, ’Explications’, in 2008.

“This formidably skilful trio exude warmth, delight in their work, and a provocative contemporary lyricism that brims with potential.”
John Fordham, The Guardian


Høiby is also involved with a number of other high-profile projects as an in-demand collaborator. Projects include:

• Extensive UK touring with acclaimed singer/songwriter, Julia Biel.

• Forthcoming album with Loop Collective associate Jim Hart’s Gemini.

• Recording with Jez Franks’ Compassionate Dictatorship (debut album ’Coup d’Etat’ released 2007).

• Recording with Copenhagen-based group, Magnify (self-titled debut album released 2007).

• Critically acclaimed album ‘In Deep’ with Mark Lockheart Group, featuring Liam Noble, Dave Priceman and Dave Smith.

• Playing with trio, Triptych, with Steinway artist Richard Fairhurst and New York drummer Chris Vatalaro.

• Playing with Ivo Neame Quartet with vibes player Jim Hart and drummer James Maddren,

• Playing with guitarist Jonathan Braetoff’s new trio, with James Maddren on drums

Plus, playing with:

• Adam Waldmann’s Kairos Quartet
• Rory Simmons’ Fringe Magnetic
• Rory Simmons Quartet


Born in Denmark on 10th May 1977, Jasper Høiby studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and specialised in the double bass. He graduated in 2004 with an Honours degree.


Further praise for Jasper Høiby:

”I know I’m going to keep listening.”
Avishai Cohen, bass player and composer

"Høiby's rich sound, liquid phrasing and pin-sharp rhythmic feel underpin the whole thing.."
**** [John Fordham - The Guardian]

“Fans of Avishai Cohen or EST would do well to check this one out.”
**** [Selwyn Harris – Jazzwise UK]

”It is three extremely gifted musicians, you meet on this record.”
Boris Rabinowitch, Politiken-DK


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