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Emilio Solla

Brooklyn, NY         

Emilio Solla – Pianist/Composer/Bandleader

Grammy Nominee Argentina born and NY based pianist & composer Emilio Solla got his degree in Classical Piano at the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires and his MA in Jazz Composition at Queens College in New York. He continued to study composition, arranging, counterpoint, improvisation and conducting in Buenos Aires, Barcelona and New York.

 His first band, Apertura, was praised by Astor Piazzolla himself as one of the most interesting new sounds in the Buenos Aires scene in 1986. Nowadays, with seven CDs as band leader (Fresh Sound Records) and more than forty as arranger/producer, he is considered by peers and critics to be one of the most outstanding and personal voices in this musical stream, a fusion of modern Argentine tango and folk with jazz and other contemporary music styles (generally referred to as “Tango-Jazz”). He has performed all around Europe, Japan, the US and Latin America to raving reviews in many of the most important Jazz houses and Festivals (Bim Huis, Lincoln Center, Marciac, Blue Note, Fasching).

 Solla moved to Barcelona in 1996, and to New York in 2006, always in search of personal and artistic growth. Since in New York, he has composed for, arranged for and performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo O’Farrill, Edmar Castañeda, Pablo Aslan, Cristina Pato and many others, besides performing with his quintet Bien Sur! in town at the Jazz Standard, Dizzie’s and Smalls, featuring saxophonist Chris Cheek. Former members of this band include Donny Mc Caslin and Jeff Ballard. This quintet has released its first CD, Bien Sur! (Fresh Sound, 2010), with special guest Billy Hart, included in the Best of 2010 list by Downbeat Magazine.

 He continues to tour Europe with Emilio Solla & Afines, his Barcelona’s based quintet, while working as a free-lance arranger and pianist in different projects in NY. Since November 2010, he is leading a nine piece orchestra, La Inestable de Brooklyn, featuring some of the strongest jazz players in NYC (John Ellis, Ryan Keberle) whose first CD, Second Half (2014) has just been Nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award as Best Latin Jazz Album. In November 2014 Solla’s first symphonic work had its World Premiere at the Palau de la Musica, during the Barcelona Jazz Festival and its US Premier at the Chicago Symphony Hall by the Chicago Sinfonietta, to raving reviews. 2016 will bring him back to Buenos Aires for the Premiere of the orchestral version of his Suite Piazzollana.

 He has a long background as educator as well, having taught regularly in different conservatories in Argentina and Spain. He is currently a Faculty Member at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and has given clinics in Jazz Composition at Emory University, Bates College, Gotemburg Music School (Sweden), Jazz & Pop Conservatory (Helsinki, Finland)

 “The virile throb of Astor Piazzolla was omnipresent in Emilio Solla’s stately pulse” (NY Times)

 “****” 4 Stars – “A lavish, assured set that speaks volumes about Solla’s accrued wisdom” (Downbeat Magazine, March 2015) 

 “The combination and balance between Tango and Jazz is perfect” Paquito D’Rivera on the album “Suite Piazzollana” (feat. Jorge Rossy, Chris Cheek & Omer Avital)

The making of 2015 Grammy Nominee

A bit of the story about how my nine piece orchestra was created and how we developed our last Grammy Nominee Album, Second Half

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Recording of my previous album, Bien Sur!

The making of Bien Sur, by my New York based quintet. In this episode we are recording an original, Candombley, with a trio of Uruguayan drums, the real deal! A free piano introduction precedes the tune, and after solos we end in this kind of montuno. Everybody in the studio was forced to sing, including Billy Hart who was there for other tune I wrote for him, Hartbeat. Great time we had, with Chris Cheek, Victor Prieto, Jorge Roeder and Richie Barshay as the core of the session

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Piano solo

My debut at Smalls Jazz Club, in New York , with Jeff Ballard, Chris Cheek, Donny McCaslin, Victor Prieto and Pablo Aslan. Soloing on a tune by David Xirgu, Ugrix

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