Ignasi Terraza (Piano)
Ignasi Terraza was born in Barcelona in 1962, lost his eyesight when he was 9 years old and discovered the piano shortly thereafter. His knowledge of the jazz language and his sense of rhythm and harmony have made him a very sought-after musician as an accompanist by a variety of local and international musicians. Among these are figures of the stature of Frank Wess, Lou Donaldson, Benny Golson, Jesse Davis, Gene “Mighty Flea” Conners, Jon Faddis, Nicholas Payton, Terrell Stafford, Eddy Edwards, Ralph Lalama, Donald Harrison, Brad Lealy ; and the singers Randy Greer, Charmin Michelle, Ann Hampton Caloway, Labelle, Michel McCain and Stacey Kent.
His habitual and occasional trio formations have included drummers Bobby Durham, Gregory Hutchinson, Jeff Hamilton, Alvin Queen, Walter Perkins, Alex Riel and Peer Wyboris, and bassists Pierre Boussaguet, Reginald Johnson, Daryl Hall, Javier Colina, Caspar Lunhar and Horacio Fumero, among others. Two of the musical association highlights of his career are: one with the North American guitarist David Mitchell (1990-1993), with whom he led the Mitchell-Terraza Quartet, winner of the prize for best group at the International Festival of Getxo in 1991; the other, with the vibraphonist and drummer Oriol Bordas (1985-1988 and 1996-2000), in the formations Hot Swing and Four Kats, and with whom he founded the jazz label Swingfònic and the Big Band Barcelona Jazz Orquesta, this last still active and of which Terraza is a distinguished member. Since the end of the 90s he regularly plays with the Ignasi Terraza Trio, a band which has released six CDs and has appeared at the principal jazz festivals in Spain as well as international stages in France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Morocco, Brazil and Colombia. With the Trio he has traversed Asia, performing in China, the Philippines, Thailand, Korea and Taiwan.