Date(s) - 08 Oct 2021 - 10 Oct 2021
JES PSAILA QUARTET
The Hinge Project Album Launch
Dates: 8, 9, 10 October 2021
Venue: Concert Hall of the Malta Society of Arts,
Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta
Tickets: Eur 15 available from shop.trackagescheme.com
The event will consist of a live performance of the album together with a few numbers from Jes Psaila’s first CD, launched in 2014. The style of music is instrumental fusion and the duration of the performance is approximately 90 minutes.
The Hinge Project started in the late summer of 2018, when the band played a few local venues before recording new material at Temple Studios in October 2019. After a self-titled debut in 2014 and the DUOs project in March 2017, The Hinge Project is the third album by guitarist Jes Psaila. The eight compositions are made up of old ideas and new tunes specifically composed for this album. The arrangements are the collective effort of the quartet which is made up of Mark Attard (keyboards), Luke Briffa (drums) and Andre Micallef (bass), each member contributing to the band’s particular sound. The style is instrumental fusion, the music is melodic, often mellow, and embraces jazz and rock influences.
The launch of the album The Hinge Project will be held at the Concert Hall of Palazzo De La Salle, 219 Republic Street on Friday 8, Saturday 9, and Sun 10 October at 8.30pm.
Jes Psaila (left) studied classical guitar for two years in his early years. He turned to electric guitar in his teens with a keen interest in 70’s progressive rock music. Over the years he has been involved in various projects and bands ranging from folk to jazz /fusion ensembles. He has a particular interest in composition for theatre productions. Playing both electric and acoustic guitars, he released a self titled solo CD with 6 original compositions in 2014. He has also recorded a CD with his trio called CUSP which band performed at the Malta Jazz Festival.In his DUO project he collaborates with percussionist/vibrophonist William Smith where the guitar is featured in a number of musical styles using a wide spectrum of guitar sounds, ranging from acoustic to guitar synths and loops. He is currently working on The Hinge Project.
Mark Attard (second from left) – Maltese pianist who started playing since the tender age of four. Having obtained major performance diplomas from Trinity and London College of Music, Mark developed a keen interest in jazz and furthered his studies both locally and overseas. Mark performed in several high profile concerts, and has featured in album recordings of local acclaimed jazz artists. His latest contribution was with guitarist Jes Psaila where Mark is featured in his latest albums.
Luke Briffa (second from right) – (b. 1985) started his drum career under the tuition of Alex Debono. The led Briffa to further his studies overseas with Joost Kesselaar, Lucas Van Merwijk, Steve Clover, Quincy Davis and Steve Pruit, finally graduating with honours in music performance and contemporary percussion. Briffa has played and recorded material with various artists namely Carrie Haber, Alex Alden, Super Sponge trio, Pyramid Suns, The Jes Psaila Project , The Malta Philharmonic orchestra, The Busker, The Travellers, amongst others. Apart from performing, Briffa has also been teaching drums at The Box – A Creative Art Space since 2016.
André Micallef (right) – Maltese self-thought electric-bass player André Micallef began his musical career in the early 90s playing with a number of local bands. Between 1996 and 2016, André was the resident band bass player for the Maltese non-profit organisation VOICES, which was one of Malta’s biggest and longest-running musical fundraising shows. André collaborated with various artists and was a founding member of the band Beige, winning the ‘Bay Bands Trophy’ in the 2009 edition of the Bay Music Awards. He also performed with Carrie Haber, a Maltese-born singer-songwriter now based in London. André is presently recording with the Hinge Project, a quartet playing original music written by guitarist Jes Psaila.