Young Genius

Joey Alexander is only eighteen, but he is already recognized as a genius. The Bali-born pianist already gained the trust of Herbie Hancock at the age of eight. When he was ten he was brought to America by Wynton Marsalis, who was blown away by the YouTube videos of the young pianist. Coltrane, Monk, Chick Corea: he already had it in his fingers then. He is now also creating a furore with his own music. Joey Alexander's most recent album is called Warna, which means "color" in his native language. It contains spectacular uptempo songs as well as thoughtful, gripping own compositions, in addition to covers by Joe Henderson and Sting. Joey Alexander has already been nominated three times for a Grammy and ended up at the top of the annual lists of Down Beat and JazzTimes. In the BIMHUIS he plays with his acoustic trio.