Pianist Xavi Torres is one of the most outstanding musicians emanating from the Spanish jazz scene. He graduated from the renowned Amsterdam Conservatory with a Bachelor’s degree in Classical music and a Master’s degree in Jazz and he leads his own trio, which won the prestigious Dutch Jazz Competition in 2015 as well as being recognised as ‘Best Jazz Group of 2015’ by the Catalan Jazz Association. The group features lyrical, technical and rhythmic superiority, with explosive energy and interplay. He has recorded more than 20 albums with different bands, has been featured countless times as soloist, was awarded multiple artistic scholarships, and has performed in many of the most important jazz venues across the US and Europe. Collaborating with him in Makhanda is Cape Town saxophonist Justin Bellairs, one of the country’s leading young hornmen.
We are grateful to Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, the Swiss Arts Council and Fonds Podium Kunsten Performing Arts Fund NL for making this performance possible.
Xavi Torres Vicente (piano – ES)
Marco Zenini (bass – IT)
Jeroen Batterink (drums – NL)
Justin Bellairs (sax)
We are grateful to the Performing Arts Fund NL (Netherlands) for their support in making this performance possible.