The music of baloni offers something truly unique in the world of improvised music, and their album, Fremdenzimmer, shows the trio at their finest. Their explorations of sonic landscapes unfold with all the quiet and foreboding of a gathering storm. Tattered moments of melancholic chamber music filter its way through texture and noise. Fremdenzimmer captures the very pathos of our time. This debut album from the New York based trio grips the listener with a precision that is as refreshing as it is bold. Clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst cuts through vapor with melodies that straddle the boundary of the earthly and the incorporeal. The viola playing of Frantz Loriot blends a stoic mournfulness with a calm unease, as though a pattern of smoke which dissipates right as it is coming into formation. Bassist Pascal Niggenkemper conjures up voices of contemplative frenzy and passionate resolution from the depths of the lower registers. The music of baloni blends all musical disparities into a unified whole. It contains the perfect balance of improvisation with composed material. The intensity of the trio’s focus never once obstructs their spontaneity. The lush instrumentation provides a rich sound even as they move farther and farther beyond the traditional techniques of clarinet, viola, and bass playing. This is music for the listener who is tired of insipid genre and convention; this is music for the listener who is seeking the universal. (S. Ali)

CD & concert reviews


...“Blending the urgency of improvised music with spacial aesthetics of classical chamber music, Baloni have debuted with the phenomenal and flawless, Fremdenzimmer (Clean Feed)... They’ve teamed up again along with Frantz Loriot to compile 11 tracks of beguiling expertise and beauty” At a time when music needs to move forward, Baloni is one of those rare groups that can show us the way. Fremdenzimmer is an album of unexpected exchanges, harmonies and patterns that fans of challenging and introspective sounds must give a priority listen”...

read full article Stephan Moore, JazzWrap


CHOC - (…) La cohérence du propos et la constance de sa teneur finissent pas vous faire douter. Cette musique a l'élan de l'improvisée et la densité de l'écrit. (…) Ils ne se refusent aucun type d'événements (…), nous embarquant avec une palette de timbres qui fait oublier qu'ils ne sont que trois, avec une diversité de propos et une précision de geste qui les tiennent à l'écart des systèmes et des approximations dont ont pu souffrir le free et sa descendance. Jazz ou musique de chambre? (…) ils ne ressemblent qu'à eux-mêmes. Inouï!

Franck Bergerot in Jazz Magazine


...“You get stories here, tiny and small and real and sensitive and authentic, the beauty of strangers meeting and becoming friends, immediately going to the essence, talking about joy or misery, without too much elaboration, without varnish and polish, because the chemistry is here, in the personalities, the voices, including the low-volume singing by Badenhorst, the emotional sharing, the musical vision.

Just beautiful. So real!”... read full article Stef Gjissels, freejazzblog


...”die Musiker überraschen mit ihrer erfinderischen Art, Klänge konnten mit geschlossenen Augen kaum mehr der Besetzung zugeordnet werden. Wunderbar war es, zuzuhören”... 

Vera Romeu Schwäbische Zeitung


...”on commence par un trio franco-germano-belge de musique à la fois écrite et improvisée, présenté par l'altiste Frantz Loriot qui devrait, avec Lionel Garcin entendu la veille, former bientôt un duo original. Alternances de vibrations et fusées éclatées en tous sens et de passages écrits dans la meilleur veine "de chambre" contemporaine, et au total une heure pleine de rebondissements et de suspens propres à retenir l'attention”... Jeudi, 14 Novembre 2013 07:42 | Écrit par Philippe Méziat


…”Ce jazz très libre, fait appel à tous les sens et Baloni ne nous laisse jamais tranquille, il nous oblige à rester en éveil, à rester attentif. (…) Il ne faut rien manquer. Le trio démontre ainsi qu’il est possible de rendre toujours accessible une musique «dite difficile» dans laquelle l’improvisation n’apparaît pas toujours aussi abstraite qu’on l’imagine… Il suffit simplement de bien vouloir l’entendre. Si le voyage avec Fremdenzimmer n’est pas de tout repos, il est cependant FA-SCI-NANT d’un bout à l’autre”...

read full article J. Prouvost, Jazzques


...“Een baloney sandwich is een goed voorbeeld van Amerikaanse fast food. Hap, slik, weg. Een broodje voor de snelle lunch. De naam van dit trio doet er een beetje aan denken, maar luister even naar de cd en het wordt al gauw duidelijk dat dit meer weg heeft van slow food. Proeven, savoureren, nagenieten”... read full article Jeroen Revalk, cobra.be


...”Si tratta di una produzione di grande valore: un misto di originalità e azzardo che premia la ferma volontà del trio di uscire da canoni espressivi già conosciuti. (…)Badenhorst, Loriot e Niggenkemper ricercano l’assoluto orizzonte di un'ideale commistione tra le varie essenze della musica contemporanea eriuscire a percepirne i contrasti, le affinità e le possibili sintesi per poi riproporle nella dimensione temporale e definita di una produzione discografica è sicuramente di grande merito. Stridulo, delicato, tempestoso ma straordinariamente unico e affascinante: questo è Fremdenzimmer”.... read full article Giuseppe Mavilla, scrivere di jazz


...“Baloni to trio młode trio, ale śmiem powiedzieć, że jeszcze o nim usłyszymy. Muzyka ich bowiem jest nad podziw dojrzałą, a zespół wypracował własną stylistyczną koncepcję odległą”...

read full article Marek Zając, multikultiproject


…”Mais cette musique ne pourrait exister et convaincre sans un sens aigu - et responsable - de la respiration, de la suspension et de l'organisation. Toutes choses subtilement et intelligemment abordées et perfectionnées ici. Beau disque”...  David Cristol in ImproJazz


...”Il viaggiatore siamo noi. Alle prese con una tempesta. Una lotta verso l’accettazione in un mondo estraneo. Alla ricerca non di una verità che ci accomuni, ma di una verità tutta nostra.

Viaggi così intensi come questi si vorrebbe durassero di più, perché ci possano aiutare anche a rivelarci chisiamo. Come tutte le esperienze inaspettate, che ne scatenano un milione di altre. Ogni nuovo ascolto non sarà mai uguale, non vi comunicherà le stesse cose. Rassegnatevi, è tutto frutto della vostra immaginazione (ma andate a vederli in tour). Con una sola certezza: il significato di questo CD è da cercare dentro di noi. E’ dato dai collegamenti che facciamo nella nostra testa, dalle sensazioni che restano”... read full article D. Chicca in Nero Arcobaleno



further reviews:

E. Rosina in AllAboutJazz Italia     

Ceulemans in Kwadratuur 

Perez Cruz in Cuadernos de Jazz 

concert review K. van Meel

baloni with Belgian reed-player Joachim Badenhorst (clarinet, tenor saxophone), French-Japanese violist Frantz Loriot (viola) and French-German bassist Pascal Niggenkemper was formed in Brooklyn, New York in 2008, establishing a triple-entente based on the listening to the other, the exploration of the unknown and the vertigo of the moment. Whether they tread through steep and jagged terrain or along curvy paths strewn with melodies both fleeting and tenacious, it is impossible to distinguish the improvised from the written. But what matter which bottle, as long the poetic journey leads to drunkenness in the end. ||| en français  |||  auf deutsch |||

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Joachim Badenorst cl&SAX

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pascal niggenkemper bass

RECENT CONCERTS: D’Jazz, Nevers (F) | Ibeam, Brooklyn, NY (USA) || Jazzatelier, Ulrichsberg, (AT) || météo Festival Mulhouse (F) || Downtown Music Gallery, NY (USA) || Ort, Wuppertal (DE) || Ackenbuch, Paris (F) || Landesmuseum Bonn (DE) || Grenzenlos Festival Stadtgarten, Köln (D)   NewAdits Festival, Klagenfurt (AT)  Exploratorium, Berlin (DE) ‘De Singer’ Rijkevorsel (B) || Banlieues Bleues, Paris (F)  Opatuur, Gent, (BE) || Jacques Pelzer Jazz Club, Liege (BE) MusikFabrik, Köln (DE) || Seismogram, Zurich (CH) || Rataplan, Antwerp (B) || La Maison Peinte, Labarthe-sur-Lèze (F)  Abbaye de Neumünster (L)  || Aufsturz, Berlin (DE) || Fondation Biermans-Lapotre, Cité U, Paris (F) || Theater am Gleis, Winterthur (CH) || le petit faucheux, Tours (F) || JazzatHome, Paris (F)

UPCOMING CONCERTS 2014/15: July 15, 2014, JiGG Lisbon (PT) | July 16, 2014 Coimbra (PT) | July 17, 2014, Teatro Parede (PT) | April 10, 2015, club W71 Weikersheim (DE) |  April 12, 2015, offene ohren, Munich (DE)

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NEW CD BELLEKE coming out in July on clean feed records


baloni at La Maison Peinte (France): ‘CONCERT OF THE YEAR 2012’ in Jazzman (D. Cristol)


BALONI à Radio France - à l'improviste d'Anne Montaron