Emilio Solla y La Inestable de Brooklyn
Grammy Nominated 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 the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York. He continued to study composition, arranging, counterpoint, improvisation and conducting in Buenos Aires, Barcelona and New York.
In 1983 he started to compose and play his own music, a fusion of modern Argentine tango and folk with jazz and other contemporary music styles. 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 six CDs as band leader for the prestigious Fresh Sound Records label and concerts and raving reviews all around Europe, Japan, and the US, he is considered one of the most outstanding and personal voices in this musical stream (generally referred to as “tango-jazz”).
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 and Pablo Aslan, among many others, besides performing with his quintet Bien Sur! in some of the main venues in town, like the Jazz Standard, Blue Note and Dizzie’s, featuring Chris Cheek, Victor Prieto, Jorge Roeder and Ziv Ravitz. 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 to outstanding reviews.
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, whose first CD, Second Half, has just been released and is Nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award as Best Latin Jazz Album. In November 2014 Solla’s first symphonic work will had its world premiere at the Palau de la Musica, during the Barcelona Jazz Festival, featuring soloist Cristina Pato, with future concerts at the Chicago Symphony Hall and Rutgers University in 2015.