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 at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (with David Kuyken, Harmen Fraanje, Yaniv Nachum...). He has won several prizes, including the Dutch Jazz Competition and the Keep an Eye International Award with his trio, Enderrock 2020 Best Album Prize and Catalan Best Jazz Band, among others. He became the second Spanish to ever be in the semifinals of the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition in December 2018, after Jorge Rossy in 1992 (the most important jazz competition in the world). After his acclaimed work with the Xavi Torres Trio, his last solo piano album "Curiosity" has been released by dutch label Just Listen (attached to the world renowned classical label Channel Classics). His last project is "A Kind of Beethoven", a commission from Barcelona's main Concert Hall to revisit Beethoven's Piano Sonatas.
He has recorded more than 25 albums with several bands and played with people like Dick Oatts, Terell Stafford, Nir Felder, Tineke Postma, Jorge Rossy and Ben van Gelder. He has written music for FUSE, Dudok String Quartet and the Intercontinental Ensemble.
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Winternachten Festival, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and Amare present: In the Dream House
The summer edition of Winternachten Festival concluded in high style in the concert hall of Amare with "In the Dream House." Writers, poets and artists brought their dream house to life in word, imagery and music. It was a program full of bright, warm and dark desires; of ancestors and wise women; of loss and pleasure. You were enchanted by hip-hop icon Sef, Winti priestess Marian Markelo, writers Raoul de Jong and Sanneke van Hassel, singer-songwriter Shishani, spoken-word artist Benzokarim, poet Iman Mersal, and singer Sterre Konijn. Drummers from the Royal Conservatory: guided by Pepe Garcia set the rhythm, and our dream hostess, theatre producer and stand-up philosopher Laura van Dolron ensured that you feel at home right away.
Bring along your home to our dream house
To properly shelter all these dreams, we asked the public as well as artists to share their idea of "home." You brought something with you that feels "like home" or with which you'd brighten your home: a plant, teacup, dishrag or mood lamp... We loved to hear the story behind your dream-house artifact! You could write to us ahead of time or tell us upon arrival; Sanneke van Hassel and Anouk Driessen recorded it and gave it a good spot in the room. In this way we created a living archive of our dream houses together, inspired by the novel In the Dream House by the U.S. writer Carmen Maria Machado. Also, you didn't go home empty-handed, because afterwards you took home someone else's object and story.