Xavi Torres, a virtuoso pianist hailing from Spain, stands out prominently among the emerging talents in the European music landscape. Currently based in Amsterdam, he pursued studies in both Classical and Jazz disciplines at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. His accolades encompass numerous awards, notably securing victory in the Dutch Jazz Competition alongside his trio, and achieving recognition such as the Enderrock 2020 Best Album Prize and the Catalan Best Jazz Band award. He is the second Spanish musician to ever be in the finals of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition in December 2018, the first being Jorge Rossy in 1992.
Following positive reviews and enthusiastic reception from the public for his earlier solo and trio albums, he now unveils a fresh trio album titled 'Quarantena Songs'.
During the initial pandemic lockdown in 2020, Torres composed a piece every day for 30 consecutive days. With this practice, Torres aimed to sustain the flow of creative energy. The music comes from a strong link with real life and its challenges, but it also goes beyond these difficulties to articulate a unique voice. This musical expression captures a spectrum of emotions from sorrow and optimism to nostalgia and gratitude.
He recorded the album with two distinct all-star rhythm sections, aiming to incorporate a broader range of colors into 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. Their live performance is captivating, paying close attention to even the smallest details and subtle nuances. They bring a strong sense of rhythm while also being inventive and full of imagination. This blends the leader's Mediterranean background with his time in Amsterdam, along with elements of classical music and rhythms from South America. The compositions and their interplay are in constant evolution and exploration, which keeps every performance fresh.