Fred Hersch Trio
Tickets: unreserved seat € 35
In collaboration with Umbria Jazz
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Pianist and composer Fred Hersch – hailed by Vanity Fair as “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so”, by The L.A. Times as “an elegant force of musical invention” and by The New Yorker as “a living legend” – is one of the great figures of contemporary jazz today.
With fifteen Grammy nominations under his belt, Hersch has won some of the most prestigious awards in international jazz, including Doris Duke Artist in 2016, Jazz Pianist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association in 2016 and 2018, and the Prix Honorem de Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award from the Acádemie Charles Cros in 2017. He skilfully reelaborates jazz classics imaginatively and with extraordinary technique, and refuses to be confined by traditional divisions between genres. A genuine free spirit who has diligently forged an individual creative path without falling prey to fads, Hersch has always favoured his own emotive style over mere virtuosity. His is a language which blends tradition and innovation, lyricism and energy, the strains of jazz with classical culture. At the Festival dei Due Mondi Hersch plays with a trio, the standard formation in modern jazz, with double bassist Drew Gress and drummer Joey Baron, two musicians the pianist has regularly collaborated with for many years. His relationship with the Richmond-based drummer goes back a lifetime: his first recording, for example, was with a trio featuring Charlie Haden and Joey Baron. Hersch first teamed up with Drew Gress for the 1992 album Dancing in the Dark, that time with Tom Rainey on drums. Gness and Baron together form an outstanding rhythm section, one of the best currently around.