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Meraki (n)

'The soul, creativity or love you put into something; the essence of yourself that is put into your work.' 

Meraki is the brainchild of award winning composer and pianist Jacky Naylor, and includes Double Bassist Nick Jurd (Soweto Kinch) and Drummer Jonathan Silk (Forj/Mike Fletcher). They released their debut album in August 2020 on Ubuntu Music. to critical acclaim. Meraki was born out of a desire to play complex contemporary music inspired by the great European jazz trios. Four years in the making, their debut album was recorded in April 2019, directly after their 8 date UK tour, at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios. The trio effortlessly travels through the various moods, emotions and complexities of Naylor’s original music, whilst dynamically interacting.


“Three outstanding musicians with compositions worthy of their talents. Strong writing, absolute unity of purpose, great technique, free-flowing solos, and, vitally, a gorgeous, quiet soulfulness - Meraki has it all in spades.” - LondonJazzNews

"The band fully deserved the encore that the audience demanded. A great evening and I can’t wait to see this band again as soon as is practically possible." - Bebop Spoken Here Review from gig at Jazz North East