Bray Jazz Festival Presents:

Fred Hersch (USA)

Fred Hersch is a brilliant solo artist, a player who takes his listeners into an enchanting world of teeming melodies, rich colours and criss-crossing stories.

Understated, cliché-free, the Ohio born pianist is a deep and thoughtful composer and performer who strikes that elusive balance between soul and skill every time he touches the keyboard.

Revered by an impressive alumni of former students who include Brad Mehldau and The Bad Plus’s Ethan Iverson, Hersch’s concerts can be revelatory experiences.

63 year old Hersch has earned a whopping 14 Grammy Award nominations in a remarkable and prolific career. In 2018 his moving autobiography, was listed by both The Washington Post and New York Times amongst the top five memoirs of the year. It tells the story of an extraordinary career, of the two months coma he endured a decade ago resulting from HIV related complications, and how he had to relearn to play his instrument during a long and tortuous rehabilitation. His output since that time, according to critics, has been amongst his greatest work.

‘… transported to a quiet place where prayers are murmured and memories buried’

The New York Times

‘Our best pianist?’

Jazz Review