CD “De los dias, los mas lindos
In Argentina and Uruguay the coast line is the strip of land adjacent to the rivers. A land of plenty and blending where the water caresses the shores. Hills of hard woods and crackling twigs, abundant torrents, short trees and singing birds with melodious names. The music floods both shores and in the middle there sails a song. This is the music that is in our roots which has scents of all South American folklore, where Europe and America borrow and steal from each other…
Singer and composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, began her studies in the music conservatory of the same city, with the well-known singer Liliana Pavafioriti (star of the musical The Miserables’) and with Gachi Leivovich. In Argentina assisted seminars with Gloria Gaynor, Luciana Souza, Sheila Jordan, Thierney Sutton, Jorge Rossy, David Binney, y Perico Sambeat. During five years she studied musical language at the E.M.U. school of Buenos Aries.
Completed her studies as a singer in Barcelona with Luciana Souza, Maureen Scott, Viv Manning, Carme Canela y Ana Finger. In the Passatge School she studied harmony with Javier Feierstein. Rocio studied piano en la Catalunya Superior School of Music (E.S.M.U.C.) with Marcos Mescuida, and guitar with Cesc Camprubi in The Juan Pedro Carrero School.
In 1997 she gave her first performances in jazz clubs in Buenos Aires and in other Argentinian cities as leader of the ‘Rocio Faks Quintet’. She has performed in ‘El Club del Vino’, ‘Notorious’ and ‘La Casona del Conde de Palermo’ among others. The same year her work was recognized in various European cities and later (2000) in New York, where she gave concerts in jazz clubs in this city, such as; Birdland, Smalls, Metronome, etc.
In 2003 Rocio moved to Barcelona, where she presented her quintet in the jazz circuit and joined projects of World Music. She has been on stage in performances such as La Jam Session and Griffin (Sabadell), Sunset (Girona), Antares (Lleida) and Festivals of World Music such as the Festival de Viladecans (2000) El Mercat de les Flors (2001), the Festival de Granollers (2008) and the Mostra de jazz de Tortosa (2009) among others. She has taken her music to other places in Spain: Ibiza, San Sabastian, Sitges, Valladolid, Malaga, Mallorca and Menorca. Has collaborated with ‘Big Band’ in the Juan Pedro Carrero School, and with Catalan formations: Juan Pablo Baltazar septeto, Vintage Room, Paco Perera Project and Pablo López quartet.
Harmen Fraanje: “Xavi Torres Vicente is a fantastic pianist.
Joris Roelofs: “Xavi Torres is very exciting and adventurous, both as a piano player and as a composer, with strong attention to detail.
Young pianist Xavi Torres, one of the most outstanding and promising musicians coming from Spain, is currently living in Amsterdam, where he is finishing the Jazz Piano Master degree and the Classical Piano Bachelor degree at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In March 2015 he won the Keep An Eye International Jazz Award with his trio, as well as the best soloist prize in the previous edition of the same competition. He was finalist in the Dutch Jazz Competition 2014 with the band Trempera!
He has recorded around 10 CDs with different bands, such as Verd i Blau, Lluc Casares, Vuma Ian Levin, BVR Flamenco Big Band. He has also released his own CD “Skyline” with his trio.
He has played in many contries such as South Africa, USA, Spain, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Morocco, or Andorra with several bands and projects.
He has had the pleasure of playing with many great musicians including Tineke Postma, Jasper Blom, Harmen Fraanje, Mark Schilders, Maarten Hogenhuis, Horacio Fumero, Raynald Colom…