I was truly inspired by the use of polyphony displayed by some classical and jazz pianists, and I wanted to brings some of that universe to the trio guitar form.” - Albert Vila
- ALBERT VILA - GUITAR
- DOUG WEISS - BASS
- RUDY ROYSTON - DRUMS
Albert Vila is a Spanish guitarist who stands out from the crowd of jazz guitarists with his breathtaking virtuosity and his sensitive musical understatement. Vila, who began his musical training in Barcelona, began his jazz guitar studies in Amsterdam with Jesse van Ruller in 1999. In 2004, he received his first award when he won a prize for his composition at the Dutch Jazz Competition. The following year, he was awarded a scholarship to the renowned Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he studied for two years. Back in his native Barcelona, he released his debut album "Foreground music". In the years that followed, he worked with some of the greatest jazz musicians of our time and won numerous prizes and awards. He now belongs to the elite of international jazz guitar and can look back on a musically diverse and extraordinarily prominent body of work. He has worked with artists such as Aaron Parks, Shai Maestro, Aaron Goldberg, Greg Hutchinson, Reuben Rogers, Dave Douglas, Jeff Ballard and many more.
Doug Weiss is one of the most well-known, sought-after and respected jazz bassists of our time. He has performed with the cream of the jazz world and has shared the stage with jazz legends such as Al Foster, Eddie Henderson, George Coleman, Lee Konitz, Clifford Jordan, Eric Alexander, Chris Potter, Adam Birnbaum, Peter Bernstein, Brian Blade, Jorge Rossy, Kevin Hays, Mike Moreno, Timothy Hill, Fleurine, Paula West, Jeff Williams, Bill Stewart, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lew Tabakin, Walt Weiskopf, Lizz Wright, Joe Williams, and Pete Seeger. He is currently a professor at SUNY Purchase College, New School University, and ZOOM. During the summer semester of 2019, he was a visiting professor of double bass and ensemble at the Jazz Institute Berlin.
Rudy Royston has been a professional teacher, drummer and percussionist for nearly twenty years. He studied classical percussion at the University of Denver, where he earned a bachelor's degree in music and English. Since moving to Piscataway, New Jersey he has performed with many of the best jazz musicians on the scene: Bill Frisell, Les McCann, David Gilmore, Ben Allison, Jason Moran, JD Allen, Sean Jones, Jeremy Pelt, Greg Osby, Jennifer Holiday, Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Bowen, Don Byron, Stanley Cowell, Tom Harrell, John Ellis, Jenny Scheinmenn and The Mingus Big Band, to name a few. A lover of all genres of music, Rudy continues to pursue any and all music and expand his musical horizons.