Jazz in the key of puffins: Pianist's new album inspired by the North Atlantic

Since jazz pianist Florian Hoefner moved to St. John’s a few years ago, he’s been spending a lot of time in the great Newfoundland outdoors, and that time has inspired him to compose new music.

Have a First Listen to Florian Hoefner's Coldwater Stories

Florian Hoefner's solo jazz piano album is called Coldwater Stories. (Courtesy Tom Cochrane )

Since jazz pianist Florian Hoefner moved to St. John's a few years ago, he's been spending a lot of time in the great Newfoundland outdoors.

"I love watching wildlife — whales, seabirds, moose," said Hoefner.

Hoefner has taken his experiences in nature and translated them into impressionistic modern jazz.

The result is an album for solo piano called Coldwater Stories.  

Have a listen to Florian Hoefner's conversation with Weekend AM host Heather Barrett.

Acclaimed jazz pianist Florian Hoefner talks to Weekend AM host Heather Barrett about his solo album, inspired by his surroundings in Newfoundland. 20:53

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About the Author

Heather Barrett

CBC

Heather Barrett is the host and producer of Weekend AM on CBC Radio One in Newfoundland and Labrador.