Excited to be in the middle of our UK tour and promoting our debut album 'The Day I Had Evertyhing' out on the Edition label. See our dates above and hope to see you at one of these. We have had some lovely reviews here is little taster of some of them:
“The pleasure of this trio in their close relationship is infectiously evident all over the set.”
THE GUARDIAN (UK)
"All-star trio delivers meticulously crafted performances of new material...a cliché-free collection and a work of trenchant individuality...The outstanding recorded sound serves to complement the meticulously crafted performances."THE ARTS DESK (UK)
"The London-based equal partners trio Malija deliver lyrical chamber jazz with a strong pulse and fine-tuned sense of mood. THE FINANCIAL TIMES (UK)
"Malija delivers the expected deliciously abstruse riches a-plenty, peppered with humour, melodic wit, irregular groove and a vivid descriptive quality."
“The Day I Had Everything is another jewel in the increasingly valuable crown of Edition Records.” THE YORK POST (UK)
“Folky, melodically strong chamber music...folky, melodically strong chamber music, with flavours ranging from bluegrass to tango to contemporary classical, that veers from the carefully written to the liberally improvised.” THE IRISH TIMES (IRE)
"All the way there is a dense and fine cooperation between the three, with no one trying to dominate, but where everything is based on the collective. We meet three musicians who have mastered this music almost to perfection...and so we have a beautiful and nice platter featuring three great musicians who have a common idea which they pursue throughout." SALT PEANUTS (NO)
“Malija is a stunning trio that with their experience and musicality has managed to build up an album of high quality with The Day I Had Everything.” WRITTEN IN MUSIC (NL)
"...a truly remarkable album....Malija burst onto the London jazz scene in 2009 as a hurricane, and this latest album refers to the state of utter excitement when the baby wakes up in the morning and is unable to decide what to do first - everything looks so new, unknown and exciting! Likewise, when listening to the music of these three musicians, the listener does not know who to listen to first, the expressively colourful saxophone or the piano or the congenial bass." HIS VOICE (CZ)
I had a brilliant night at the Purcell Room as part of the London Jazz Festival 2014 exploring some of the great British Jazz composers. Hepled by some great arrangements by Jason Yarde, Liam Noble and Laura Jurd and the beautiful contributions of our two wonderful guests Bobby Wellins and Norma Winstone. We covered a diverse and fascinating set of music and a few people have asked me to put the set list up on line so here it is:
Mark has been chosen as the 2014 Jazz Electives composer by Town Hall & Symphony Hall (THSH) and Birmingham Music Service. Mark will write and lead a specially commissioned piece for 250 school children, to be performed in Symphony Hall at the flagship Generation Ladywood Showcase in June 2014.