HOFF ENSEMBLE was introduced as a heading for a project involving several Norwegian artists performing compositions by Geir Bøhren and Bent Åserud, from NRK TV series Jul I Bjåfjell. Among the artists and musicians were Arild Andersen, Rune Arnesen, Børge Petersen-Øverleir, Helene Bøksle, Mathias Eick, Bjørn Eidsvåg. The music was rearranged for jazz ensemble and solists by Jan Gunnar Hoff (piano/leader) and resulted in Quiet Winter Night 2012 (2L/Universal), a highly appreciated album receiving a nomination for Best surround sound (Morten Lindberg) at the 55 US Grammy Awards.
In 2018 HOFF ENSEMBLE reemerges, this time with Jan Gunnar Hoff and his compositions in a jazz trio setting with leading European jazz performers Anders Jormin (bass) and Audun Kleive (drums). The trio releases their album Polarity on 2L in April 2018.
Both albums by the HOFF ENSEMBLE share the same beautiful rendering of acoustic instruments recorded by (2020-Grammy Awards Winner) Morten Lindberg in Sofienberg church, Oslo. The lyrical jazz concept is a core in Jan Gunnar Hoff´s music and in his arrangements. The performances by jazz musicians including Hoff´s expressive piano, link Polarity (2018) and Quiet Winter Night (2012) together in the same musical universe.