Evaristo Pérez, born in Geneva and from Spanish origins, discovered jazz music when he was a teenager during the Montreux Jazz Festival. Impressed by these musicians “who could play faster than in heavy metal!”, he decided to pursue a career as a jazz pianist.
After a few years studying with prominent jazz musicians in Europe such as Enrico Pieranunzi, the young Evaristo came back to Montreux, but this time on stage, to play for the first part of a concert of Marcus Miller… Since then, he has been invited to play for the Paléo Festival (CH), Tollwood Festival (DE), Rome Jazz (IT), Rythmus (PT)…
Fascinated by the natural elegance of artists such as Bill Evans or Herbie Hancock, and always eager for new musical encounters, he gives his unique touch to the different ensembles he works with: authentic, vivid, with a delicate and colorful tone…
The Trio Gysler-Perez-Nick, touring this coming spring 2019 around Europe, features contemporary improvisations inspired by the music of EST, Brad Mehldau and Enrico Pieranunzi along with personal compositions of the three members, full of subtle harmonies and rhythmic creativity.
His quintet project “Welcome Horace”, a modern reinterpretation of the music of Horace Silver sprinkled with original compositions, is a journey into the jazz idiom served by a group of musicians who know one or two things about swing!
Following many recordings, including Why (2009), in collaboration with New-York based tenor sax Ohad Talmor and where jazz standards are mixed with personal compositions, Evaristo Pérez will be recording again this year at the prestigious “studio la Buissonne” in France.