Spanish pianist virtuoso Xavi Torres is one of the most outstanding young musicians from the European scene. He is currently living in Amsterdam, after having studied Classical and Jazz and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He has won several prizes, including the Dutch Jazz Competition with his trio and the Enderrock 2020 Best Album Prize and Catalan Best Jazz Band, among others. He is the second Spanish to ever be in the finals of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition in December 2018, after Jorge Rossy in 1992.
During the first pandemic lockdown, Torres wrote one piece every day for 30 days, as an exercise of keeping the creative energy going. Music that comes from being very connected with the reality and its struggles, but that transcends it and speaks on its own, expressing all the mixed feelings of the moment: from sadness to hope to nostalgia to gratitude. He recorded the album with two different all-star rhythm sections, in order to have more colors for each song. One from Spain with Reinier “El Negrón” Elizarde (Chucho Valdés) on double bass and Andreu Pitarch (Miguel Zenón) on drums, and one from the Netherlands with the most sought-after rhythm section in the country, Clemens van der Feen (Fred Hersch, Brad Mehldau) on double bass and Jamie Peet (Gregory Porter) on drums, which is the one present at Jazzahead 2023.
They have been playing together since 2017. Their live show is powerful and has a strong attention to detail and nuances. They are rhythmically very strong while being creative and highly imaginative, combining the leader's Mediterranean roots with the Amsterdam
experience, classical music, and South American rhythms. The compositions and their
interplay are in constant evolution and exploration, which keeps every performance fresh,
bringing the audience into several emotions and states throughout the concerts