7 gigs, two residencies, a workshop and a live album recording…

I’m really excited to be coming back to the UK again one week today to start the 2nd half of our UK winter tour with Cloudmakers Five. We had two fantastic weeks in January playing every night to great crowds and got an amazing response. For those who missed it the group is an expansion of Cloudmakers Trio featuring Michael Janisch on Bass, Dave Smith on drums and myself on vibes. In this ‘Five’ line-up we are joined by Austrian Guitarist Hannes Riepler and French Alto sax and clarinetist Antonin-Tri Hoang.

After a month of all busily being involved in other projects we are coming back to do another week and pick up where we left off. I’m very happy that amongst the run of dates we have two two-night residencies, something which is becoming quite rare these days. We will play the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh on the 8th, which will be just the trio playing music from our album Abstract Forces and 9th march, which will be with all five and will be preceded by a workshop at the club. From there we will go directly to London to play two nights at the Vortex Jazz club in Dalston on the 10th and 11th when we will be recording a live album. We have done two live albums already with Cloudmakers and I really love the energy that gets captured through doing so. I can’t wait!

The full list of dates for the tour are as follows:

6th – Ronnie Scott’s, Late Show
7th – Watermill Jazz, Dorking
8th – Jazz Bar, Edinburgh (Trio)
9th – Jazz Bar, Edinburgh (Five + workshop)
10th – The Vortex (live album recording)
11th – The Vortex (live album recording)
12th – Herts Jazz, Welwyn

Here’s what a couple of people said about the music:

“They were individually and in combination electrifying…The quintet are individually top drawer players. Hart’s writing and their empathy meshes them into a formidable unit.” – Mike Collins, jazzblogman

“This music is more clearly about group interaction and I noticed that despite the sometimes mind bogglingly complex nature of the material none of the musicians were sight reading, something that suggested that a high premium was being placed upon musical risk taking and the improvisational process.” Ian Mann, thejazzmann.

Posted on Feb 27, 2017 by cloudmakerstrio.

Kings Place Podacast!

Jim talks in this interview about Cloudmakers Trio and the new ‘Five’ project ahead of our gig at Kins Place on Fri 13th Jan.


Posted on Dec 23, 2016 by cloudmakerstrio.

Interview with Seb Scotney for London Jazz News

Thanks to Seb for this great interview with Jim about our upcoming tour and the Cloudmakers Trio ‘Five’ project as well as life in France, Jim’s other projects…


Posted on Dec 22, 2016 by cloudmakerstrio.

Arts Council Funding recieved

We are very pleased to announce that we have received Grants For the Arts funding for our Jan – March UK tour. We are very grateful to Arts Council England for their generous support in funding this tour.


Posted on Dec 20, 2016 by cloudmakerstrio.

Official Announcement: Cloudmakers Trio ‘Five’ hitting the road Jan/March 2017 + tour dates + Arts Council England support

Presenting Cloudmakers Trio ‘Five’


(from left to right: Dave Smith, Michael Janisch, Jim Hart, Antonin Tri Hoang, Hannes Riepler)


After a successful North American tour taking in Rochester, Vancouver, Vitoria and Twin Cities Jazz festivals, Cloudmakers Trio once again open the door to collaboration by inviting two special guests for a program of new music penned by vibraphonist Jim Hart. Joined by Austrian-born guitarist Hannes Riepler and French-based alto saxophonist Antonin Tri Hoang this new music will see the band exploring their renown cataclysm of exciting rhythmical interplay paired with the two front line voices in what will surely result in their strongest program of original, genre-twisting music to date. The band will be undertaking a tour in January and March of 2017 with plans to record their third album for Whirlwind — dates below.

The tour will be supported by Arts Council England


cloudmakers-trioUnder the leadership of the award-winning multi-instrumentalist Jim Hart (a founding member of London’s Loop Collective), Cloudmakers Trio represents the culmination of over a decade of musical growth between three of the finest musicians currently working on the international jazz, improvised and alternative music scenes. Drummer and fellow Loop member Dave Smith is known for his experimental approach as well as a deep knowledge of West African music that has seen him work with the likes of Robert Plant and Hilmar Jensen as well as being the creative drive behind Outhouse Ruhabi and Fofoulah. Michael Janisch underpins the group with his virtuosic and driving bass playing that has led him to work with some of the world’s most notable visionaries, from co-led bands with Lee Konitz and Greg Osby to performances with Quincy Jones, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Joe Lovano to name a few.

With their uncompromising approach, Cloudmakers Trio effortlessly marry the complex with accessibility, the improvised with composed, and showcase original music that lies somewhere between New York’s downtown sound and the modern European tradition. As a result their music defies easy category yet draws influence from a diverse range of traditions, featuring the under-exploited format of the vibraphone trio. While pushing the boundaries of what can be done with this instrumentation they remain devoted to in the moment risk taking, a deep groove and strong melodies.

Cloudmakers have released two albums for Whirlwind: Live at the Pizza Express featuring Ralph Alessi and Abstract Forces.


Meet the two guests who will be joining Cloudmakers Trio on their forthcoming tour…

unnamedSince arriving in London in 2006 (after completing his studies in Amsterdam) Austrian-born guitarist Hannes Riepler has become an integral part of the London jazz scene. Passionate about forging new musical friendships and creating performing opportunities Riepler established the ‘Vortex Downstairs Jazz Night’ held every Sunday evening at London’s renowned Vortex Jazz Club.This weekly gig has attracted international attention not only for its incredibly high standard of musicianship but also for being the place to ‘hang’ for both local jazz musicians and those visiting the capital alike. Riepler’s second album as a leader Wild Life evolved from one of these sets in which bassist Oli Hayhurst sat in with visiting New York saxophonist Chris Cheek and London based drummer James Maddren. The energy and chemistry between the four musicians was so immediate and natural that a European tour ensued and the album (the follow up to acclaimed debut release The Brave) swiftly followed. Known also for his work with French saxophone star Julien Lourau (Electric Biddle), Riepler also is a member of US-drummer Jeff Williams’ band. He holds teaching positions at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and Middlesex University (London).





unnamedAntonin Tri Hoang plays alto saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet. He studied at Paris Conservatory and for five years he played in the French National Jazz Orchestra (ONJ), playing the music of John Hollenbeck, Gil Goldstein and Robert Wyatt, among others. He published his first album Aeroplanes in duo with pianist Benoît Delbecq in 2011. Currently he is performing with different bands: jazz music (Paul Lay Quartet, Matteo Bortone Travelers, Umlaut Big Band) or experimental music (Watt, Novembre, Désordre) while composing and exploring improvisations.









Tour Dates (for up to date listings go: here)

10th January – Workshop, Royal Academy of Music, London, England

11th January – Swansea Jazz Club, Swansea, Wales

12th January – Cambridge Jazz Club, Cambridge, England

13th January – Kings Place, London, England

14th January –Stokes Collection Café, Lincoln, England

15th January – Jazz @ The Albert, Bristol, England

16th January – Workshop, Wells Cathedral School

17th January – Dempseys, Cardiff, Wales

18th January – Seven Arts, Leeds, England

20th January – Sheffield Jazz, Sheffield, England

21st January – TBC

6th March – Ronnie Scotts (Late show)

7th March – Watermill Jazz

8th March – The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland (CMT Trio)

9th March – The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland (CMT ‘Five’)

10th March -Vortex Jazz Club, London, England

11th March - Vortex Jazz Club, London, England

12th March – Herts Jazz, Welwyn Garden City, England


More dates are being added very soon, stop back for updates.

Cloudmakers Trio would like to thank ACE for their generous support



Posted on Dec 2, 2016 by cloudmakerstrio.

2017 tour extended to include two residencies.

Cloudmakers Trio ’5′ tour extended from Jan to March with some excitng announcements! Two night residencies at The Vortex, London and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh. Look out for some video from rehearsal and a podcast ahead of our Kings Place show. Check the concert page for full listings.

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 by cloudmakerstrio.

Biggest Trio out there…. 2017 tour

After a little time away from touring following their North American tour, Cloudmakers Trio are gearing up to tour in early 2017 with a new expanded line-up. Cloudmakers Trio ‘Five’ is a new project which features special guests Antonin-Tri Hoang (France) on alto sax and clarinet and Hannes Reipler on electric guitar (London/Austria). The quintet will be playing new music composed by Jim and will kick off 2017 with a 2 week tour mostly taking place in England from 9 – 22 Jan. Keep an eye out for full schedule coming soon…

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 by cloudmakerstrio.

Rochester, Ottawa, Victoria, Vancouver, Twin Cities and Boulder….

The second half of the tour has been an abslute whirlwind. Amazing gigs in some stunning places. We couldn’t have asked for a better response from the crowds. Standing ovations at nearly all the gigs and some heart warming feedback from enthusiastic jazz fans. It has all been SO worth it in the end. Thank you to everyone who came to the shows and thanks to so many of you who came and said hi and bought the cds. It was great to meet some new Cloudmakers fans! We were also glad to have a couple more guests sit in with us so nice one again to Zack Harris on guitar in Twin Cities and John Gunther on Sax in Boulder both of whom tore it up on Bye Ya.

Here are a few photos from what we hope will be just the first North American tour for Cloudmakers Trio….

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Posted on Jul 1, 2015 by cloudmakerstrio.

From Boston on to Rochester…

Great start to the USA and Canada tour with three gigs in Boston with the amazing Jason Palmer on trumpet. Heading off to Rochester tomorrow to Made in the UK at the Xerox Rochester Jazz Festival!

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 by cloudmakerstrio.

2 for 1 Sale at Whirlwind Recordings on CMT music until Aug 31

Our record label, Whirlwind Recordings, is running a fantastic summer ’2 for 1′ sale as well as offering a free sampler album (that we appear on) with the purchase of any CD off their site.  Our 2 albums with Whirlwind are included in this offer.  Check this label out we’re proud to be on it (okay, it helps that MJ is the label boss but still!)  Here’s more info on the promotion:

here’s a snapshot of our promotion:



and the sampler album that we are very happy to appear along with other mega Whirlwind artists:





Posted on Jun 11, 2015 by cloudmakerstrio.
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