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
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.