Meraki (n) 

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

Meraki is a trio led by multi-award winning pianist and composer Jacky Naylor, double bassist Nick Jurd and drummer Jonathan Silk.  The trio effortlessly travel through the various moods, emotions and complexities of Naylor’s original contemporary music, whilst dynamically interacting. They completed an Arts Council funded tour in April 2019, and subsequently recorded their debut album at Real World Studios. The album has been mixed by August Wanngren (Phronesis, Marius Neset, Kenny Wheeler) and mastered by Peter Beckmann (The Printmakers, Julian Arguelles, Laura Mvula), and is due to be released and toured in September 2020.

Naylor released his debut album ‘Rough Boundaries’ featuring Birmingham Jazz Orchestra in 2016, for which he won the coveted Dankworth Prize.  Trading the many voices of a large ensemble for the space and co-creativity of a trio allows him more freedom as an improvisor and story-teller.  A current Masters student at The Royal Academy of Music, he has the pleasure of studying under Gwilym Simcock, Kit Downes, Nikki Iles and Jasper Høiby.

Nick Jurd is a double and electric bassist based in Birmingham and touring internationally. 

He plays most regularly with Soweto Kinch, Trope, The Destroyers and Hansu-Tori, and freelances regularly around the UK jazz scene. Past performance and recording highlights include playing with Ernest Ranglin, Paul Dunmall, Andrew D'Angelo, ESKA, Stan Sulzman and Juice Aleem.

Jonathan Silk is a Scottish drummer, composer and band leader living and working in Birmingham and the UK.  He has released two albums with his own big band and string orchestra to critical acclaim and worked with world-renowned composers Vince Mendoza and Maria Schneider as well as a host of other nationally and internationally renowned musicians.  Awards include BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year award in 2014, the Yamaha Jazz Scholar Award 2011.

"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

“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