As an internationally performing pianist and composer, Antonio Truyols has enraptured audiences across four continents at an incredibly young age. His performance credits include multiple appearances at the French Embassy in Washington D.C., feature performances in Switzerland, Italy, Spain, France, and across the United States in the jazz and classical genres. Unit Three, the piano trio founded and led by Truyols was invited to compete in the Bucharest International Jazz Competition in Romania and earned the prize of Best Band. As a soloist, Truyols served as Artist in Residence at the Tianjin Grand Theater in mainland China as the debut jazz performance in Tianjin where his performance was described as “Magic on the Piano.”
For his performances and compositions, he has garnered awards from the American Viola Society, the Maurice Gardner Composition Competition, the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition, and the Downbeat Awards. Truyols has also arranged and recorded albums with Lee Konitz, John Ellis, Donny McCaslin, and Joel Frahm among many others. His work whether it be in jazz, popular music, film music, or concert composition reflects the unique blend of his Spanish, Peruvian, and Puerto Rican heritage. Truyols is a truly American Sound that continues to capture the attention of his listeners. Watch and listen to Antonio on YouTube.
Unit Three is a jazz piano trio that formed in 2008. This experienced group consists of bassist Joseph Dickey and drummer Daniel Faust. Together they have won national and international awards including the Downbeat award for best jazz arrangement and Best Band in the Bucharest International Jazz Competition. They perform extensively on the east coast and have recorded with Joel Frahm, Lee Konitz, and John Ellis. They have performed with Peter Bernstein, Delfeayo Marsalis and Marcus Printup of the Lincon Center Jazz Orchestra.
The Imaginary Friends Ensemble is a Chamber ensemble consisting of piano and clarinet. Leslie “Pinky’ Simmons, equally at home on both the clarinet and saxophone, is a graduate of the New England and Boston conservatories. Leslie has placed first in the Etude Music Club competition and was a selected soloist for the Hadley Crawford Recital. The ensemble works with vocalists, string players, and more recently the uilleann pipes. IFE has performed at the French Embassy in Washington D.C. as part of the annual Fête de la Musique celebration.