Event 3
Saturday 14th October, 8:00pm 
Little Missenden Church

A sound world without drums

This is an archived event from the 2017 Programme.

Mark Lockheart saxophones  Jasper Høiby bass  Liam Noble piano 

“Weird, simple, complicated, free, tight, floaty, ugly, beautiful and heartfelt, depending on your mood" Jasper Høiby





We're delighted to welcome Malija to the Festival. This all-star trio comprises, saxophonist Mark LockheartJasper Høiby on bass and pianist Liam Noble - amongst the most exciting jazz musicians/composers performing in the UK today.

Highly respected and innovative bandleaders in their own right, they were invited to play together for the first time in 2014, at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, New York. As Mark puts it, "from the very first rehearsal, we had so much fun and musical empathy". All three have explored other collaborations well beyond straight ahead jazz, but together the trio’s diverse influences provide a unique musical interpretation of what has been described as 'a sound world without drums.'

This sophisticated, genre-bending trio has been delighting audiences since its debut album release The Day I Had Everything (2015).  Driven by a commitment to in-the-moment improvisation and collective musical banter, the band’s idiomatic sweep through bluegrass, tango, abstract grooves and shimmering landscapes is delivered with flair and playful abandon. Three distinctive and original compositional voices, all hugely influential in the London scene, combine to form a unique sounding group. They have recently recorded a second album Instinct.


"Equal partners trio Malija deliver lyrical chamber jazz with a strong pulse and fine-tuned sense of mood"
The Financial Times 
"The pleasure of this trio in their close relationship is infectiously evident all over the set"
The Guardian
"Abstruse riches a-plenty, peppered with humour, melodic wit, irregular groove and a vivid descriptive quality"

Watch a preview of the new album 'Instinct'


Malija play 'Squared' from 'The Day I Had Everything' 


Listen to 'Wheels' from the same album

 "This album will forever magnify what is beautiful about new jazz" The Wexford Echo

Mark Lockheart first came to prominence in the mid 1980s with the influential big band Loose Tubes. He has won numerous awards including APPJC Parliamentary Jazz Musician of the Year 2010 and Jazz FM Instrumentalist of the Year 2016. Mark has collaborated with a huge number of jazz, folk and pop artists including Django Bates, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, June Tabor, Stereolab, Jah Wobble, Robert Wyatt, Prefab Sprout, Don Um Romao, Thomas Dolby, Anja Garbarek and Radiohead.

Copenhagen-born bassist Jasper Høiby moved to London in 2000 to attend the Royal Academy of Music. In 2005 he created the trio Phronesis, which has won awards for Jazz Album of the Year in Jazzwise and MOJO, as well as a London Jazz Award. Jasper has also performed and recorded with a number of original artists, including Mark Guiliana, Django Bates, Shai Maestro, Julian Joseph and Kurt Elling. In 2012 he won the Copenhagen Jazz Festival's Young Spririt Award alongside honorary award winners Jack DeJohnette and Palle Mikkelborg.

Pianist Liam Noble studied music at Oxford University, and jazz at the Guildhall in London, before building a reputation playing with Stan Sulzmann, Anita Wardell, John Stevens and Harry Beckett. In 1997 he joined the Bobby Wellins Quartet, the rhythm section of which continues today as the Liam Noble Trio. Liam holds posts as Lecturer in Jazz at Birmingham Conservatoire and Trinity College of Music. He has published 4 volumes of transcriptions of the Bill Evans Trio, and a book of original compositions Jazz Piano - An In Depth Look at the Styles of the Masters.