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Xavi Torres

The Tarragona-born pianist Xavi Torres is one of the most promising and outstanding musicians on the European jazz scene.

He has spent time living in Amsterdam, where he has collaborated with great musicians from all over the world. He studied for a Master of Jazz and the Bachelor of Classical at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, after graduating in Piano Jazz from the ESMUC in Barcelona.

With the Xavi Torres Trio he has received several awards and recognitions, such as Best Group of the Year 2015 by the AMJM, the first prize at the Keep an Eye International Jazz Award, and first place at the Dutch Jazz Competition 2016.

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Biography

His music is characterized by a wide variety of styles and textures, which he performs with great freedom and individuality. His original compositions can fuse the groove of an Argentinean chacarera with the harmony of Mahler, or African rhythms with Messiaen modes. He is an expert in combining highly compositional moments with others of absolute freedom, or passages of great tension and madness with others that are more melodic.

His latest solo piano album Curiosity (Just Listen Records, 2019) received the Enderrock Award in the category of Jazz Album of the Year 2019, but the most important recognition came at the end of 2018 with his participation as a soloist in the finals of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano Competition, in Washington DC, becoming only the second Spaniard to ever participate in the history of the competition.

He has recorded 4 albums as a leader and more than 30 CDs with different projects. He has played with numerous musicians, such as Alex Sipiagin, Dick Oatts, Terell Stafford, Nir Felder, Rosanne Philippens, Joris Roelofs, Reinier Baas, Ben van Gelder, Tineke Postma and Perico Sambeat, among others. He has also performed at festivals and clubs on four continents, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Cape Town Jazz Festival, Yaroslavl Jazz Festival, Siena Jazz, Umbria Jazz Festival, PortaJazz and Bimhuis.

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