Postcard To Bill Evans
This project reeks of the grimy adrenaline of the clubs of the 1950's and 1960's New York -
Critically acclaimed London based pianist Bruno Heinen and guitarist Kristian Borring have joined forces for their new duo project 'Postcard to Bill'; original arrangements of compositions by the great pianist Bill Evans. Following on from two sell-out dates at the Vortex, the duo have recorded for the legendary British label Babel, which will be coming out in May 2015. John Fordham of the Guardian says of the two musicians; Erudition, eclectic studies and a jazz sensibility make Heinen the kind of newcomer who repositions the goalposts...(and Kristian Borring has)...a hyper-cool and low-key approach to jazz guitar, but with warmth, confidence and a rhythmic hipness that's thoroughly contemporary.
This empathic partnership was formed out of Heinen's project to explore the music of Bill Evans in a quintet fomat. However, inspired by the recordings of Bill Evans and the late guitarist Jim Hall and intrigued by working as a duo they continued to play the challenging repertoire of Evans as two. Bruno Heinen has been quoted as having a “beguiling touch”, and his last release 'Tierkreis – Signs of the Zodiac' was ranked in the top 10 albums for 2014 by Uncut Magazine, Musique Machine (USA) and Textura (Canada), and described by the same magazine as “the shiniest jewel in Babel's crown”.Danish born Kristian Borring has been cited as a “melodic, precise player with a round and open tone” (All About Jazz). In 2014 he received acclaim for his latest release “Urban Novel” where his playing as well as his music was described in The Scotsman as “Clean, Cool, Precise and Contemporary”.
Erudition, eclectic studies and a jazz sensibility make Heinen the kind of newcomer who repositions the goalposts - John Fordham - Guardian
Bruno Heinen is a London based contemporary pianist, composer, bandleader and teacher. Bruno has released three records on the forward looking Babel Label - 'Twinkle Twinkle' with Dialogues Trio featuring Julian Seigel, 'Tierkries' - a sextet arrangement of Stockhausen's piece by the same name, and now 'Postcard to Bill Evans' featuring Kristian Borring.
Bruno has worked with artists such as Julian Siegel, Stan Sultzman, Jean Toussaint, Pete Saberton, Byron Wallen, Ben Kraef, Antonio Fusco, and Heidi Vogel amongst others. He has performed in venues and festivals including the South Bank Centre, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, the Vortex Jazz Club, the Shanghai World Music Festival, the London Jazz Festival, the Cork Jazz Festival, the Rest Is Noise Festival, Cadogan Hall, and the Royal Albert Hall. He has had his music played on BBC radio 3, Jazz LineUp, Late Junction, BBC6 Music, BBC Scotland, as well as in Austria, Canada, and the USA, as well as giving live broadcasts and interviews for the BBC. He has a longstanding musical partnership with world renowned Palestinian singer Reem Kelani, and holds the piano chair in Antonio Fusco's 'Bilbo' trio.
a guitarist of enormous technical ability who utilizes his considerable gifts thoughtfully and tastefully, a highly accomplished guitarist and composer. - The Jazz Mann
Kristian has in recent years worked and performed in the UK and Europe with a great variety of groups and performers such as: Archie Shepp, Antonio Zambrini, Tommaso Starace, Laurence Cottle, Liam Noble Trio, Karen David, Will Vinson, Gareth Lockrane, Nia Lynn, Monika Lidke, Ray Quinn, Bryan Abraham, Salena Jones, Christine Tobin, Bruno Heinen, The Puppini Sisters, Ed Puddick's Big Band, Mike Garrick, Jim Hart, Ivo Neame, Lars Dietrich, Andreas Pichler, Jasper Høiby and many more. Kristian is also associated with the progressive London based jazz collective ‘SE Collective’ through his work with the bands Acrobat and Draw By Four.
Based in London, Kristian’s second album as a bandleader “Urban Novel" (released June 2014) draws inspiration from the cityscape and is a personal homage to life in a metropolis. The album, released on Jellymould Jazz, features his working quartet of, Arthur Lea (p), Mick Coady (b) and Jon Scott (d). Vibraphonist Jim Hart, was also invited to join in the creation of a rich sound palette consisting of guitar, piano and vibes. The music on “Urban Novel" with its strong sense of melody set in a contemporary ‘sound-scape’, has been described as being “clean, cool, precise and contemporary" – (The Scotsman). Jazzwise reviewer Selwyn Harris said, “Borring's set of originals are engaging and their subtle rhythmic and harmonic twists add to the interest". Commenting on Kristian’s continuous ability as strong melodic player, All About Jazz ‘s Bruce Lindsey described Kristian’s playing as a “warm, open tone - a welcoming sound that draws and holds the attention". Lance Liddle from Bebop Spoken Here added “one of the finest, most tasteful and accomplished guitarists on the scene, with Jim Hart - one of the world's great vibraphonists - in the mix, the result is another triumph for the Danish guitarist and his team."