About MFG



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MFG is the musical collaboration of guitarist Nico Maas, saxophonist Gemma Farrell, and pianist Thomas Goralski. The name MFG acts as an abbreviation for their surnames, as well as the German greeting, Mit freundlichen Grüßen (with friendly greetings).

The three musicians, originally from Germany (Maas and Goralski) and Australia (Farrell), met at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2010 where they studied their Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. Here they collaborated together on many projects, including the Gemma Farrell Group, the Monday Quartet, and Say What?!

In June 2013, they each graduated from CvA and knew this would mean that they would soon part ways. They were however determined that this would not mean the end of their work together.

It was on the way back to the train station after a gig in Haarlem, a few days before Farrell flew home to Australia, that they formed the idea for MFG. A band that would see Maas, Farrell and Goralski as the composers, touring and collaborating with local musicians (on double bass and drums) and recording a new album every two years.

Their debut album "Live at the Brisbane Jazz Club" was recorded as part of their Australian tour in 2014. The composition "Requiem" from this album, was nominated for 2015 WAM Song of the Year in the Jazz Category. In 2016 they toured Switzerland (where Goralski now resides) and Germany, and recorded their second album, "People, Places, Lizards." The composition "Tony Umbridge" from this album, was nominated for 2017 WAM Song of the Year in the Jazz Category.

In 2018 MFG toured Australia. Recently they released their third album "Small Town Tennis Hero," recorded on that tour, as well as 3 videos that were recorded inside the studio. The track, "You Gotta See This" from this release, was recently featured as RTRFM 92.1's weekly sound selection in October. MFG's next tour and recording will take place in Europe when it is possible.

Nico Maas currently lives in Cologne, Germany, working as a freelance guitarist and film composer. Gemma Farrell lives in Perth, Australia, working as a freelance saxophonist and lecturer of music. Thomas Goralski lives in Zurich, Switzerland, and works as a freelance keyboardist and film composer.

 

Mitreissende Grooves, spannende Kompositionen und bedingungslose Intensität – all das verschmilzt die international besetzte Jazz- und Funk-Band MFG zu einem unwiderstehlichen Programm.

Was einst als Idee dreier Studenten des Amsterdamer Konservatoriums nach einem Gig im verschlafenen Städtchen Haarlem begann, hat sich mittlerweile zu einer Kontinenten-übergreifenden und nachhaltigen Zusammenarbeit entwickelt. Alle zwei Jahre geht das Musikertrio bestehend aus Nico Maas (git), Gemma Farrell (sax) und Thomas Goralski (p) mit einem lokalen Bassisten und Schlagzeuger auf Tournee.

Den krönenden Abschluss bildet dabei jeweils die Aufnahme eines neuen Albums mit neuen Stücken der drei Komponisten. Das Debutalbum «Live at the Brisbane Jazz Club» entstand 2014 am Ende der ersten Australientournee, welche die drei Ausnahme-Musiker unter anderem auch in den renommierten Brisbane Jazz Club führte. Die Komposition «Requiem» war 2015 bei den West Australian Music Awards (WMA) als «Song of the Year» in der Kategorie Jazz nominiert.

Nach einer gefeierten Tour in Farrells Heimat zog es MFG im Herbst 2016 in die Schweiz, wo Goralski zurzeit lebt, sowie nach Deutschland, wo Nico Maas zuhause ist. Die Komposition Tony Umbridge» ab dem zweiten Album «People, Places, Lizards» wurde 2017 als «Song of the Year» bei den West Australian Music Awards (WMA) in der Kategorie Jazz nominiert.

Seit kurzem ist auch das mittlerweile dritte Album «Small Town Tennis Hero» erhältlich, welches während der letzten Australien-Tour 2018 im Studio in Perth entstand, wobei auch drei auf Youtube-veröffentlichte Livevideos aufgenommen wurden.

Der Track «You Gotta See This» vom aktuellen Album war kürzlich Teil der «Weekly Sound Selection October» des australischen Radiosenders RTRFM 92.1. Zurzeit arbeitet die Band an der Planung einer weiteren Konzerttournee und Aufnahmesession in Europa.

Where to hear it or buy it:

You can buy our CD or listen to the whole thing free at maasfarrellgoralski.bandcamp.com

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