La Emperatriz

Pia Hernandez is a pianist and composer born in 1989, in the city of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

Pia actively participates in the Buenos Aires jazz scene, and has played with various Jazz groups on numerous stages of the city such as Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival, CCK, Usina de Arte, Centro Cultural Haroldo Conti, Virasoro, Thelonious, and Bebop, among others. In 2010 she obtained a degree in Popular Music at Instituto Superior de Música del SAdeM and in 2015 a degree in Jazz at Conservatorio Superior Manuel de Falla. She has also trained independently in jazz piano with Paula Shocron, Ernesto Jodos, and Guillermo Romero; in ensemble and free improvisation with Rodrigo Domínguez, Juan Pablo Arredondo, in jazz improvisation with Juan Cruz de Urquiza; and in classical music with pianists Susana Kasakoff and Malena Levín. She is twice grantee of the Fondo Nacional de las Artes grant participating in the III and VI Encounters of Improvisation and Composition. She was selected to participate in the residencies at the Usina de Arte and CCK with Marilyn Crispell, Tim Berne, and Louis Sclavis and had the opportunity to share the stage with all three. In addition, she participated in The Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music (Canada) and SIM (USA) residencies.

She leads her own group with three albums released to date “Lilith” a trio and “Relicario” a quintet and the latest “La Emperatriz” a trio with Lucas Goicoechea as guest.

The music of “La Emperatriz” reflects the development of the trio of Pia, with Nacho Szulga on double bass and Nicolás del Águila on drums. This is the same line up with which Pia released her first album “Lilith”. Saxophonist Lucas Goicoechea participates on three tracks.

At a tidy 38 minutes this album is a perfect window onto modern jazz. The Berne like riffing of the opener “El Enemigo” is a great start, full of vitality and invention which continues through the remaining six tracks. The album goes through a range different sonorities, textures, and intensities. There is a blend of barely repressed “chaos” and effervescence which is counterpointed by more measured pieces, however even these also have a fascinating level of complexity. The addition of Goicoechea adds not only variety but piques interest for perhaps a full album featuring the quartet.

An accomplished and very entertaining album. Highly recommended.

The album will be featured on World of Jazz Episode 534 on November 13th

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