Kasia Pietrzko Trio Warsaw, Poland A sublime blend of harmonic imagination, lyricism and seemingly boundless creativity, the Kasia Pietrzko Trio hints at their Nordic Roots with echoes of EST. However, Pietrzko’s sound here is entirely her own, with heartfelt stories forged into beautiful soundscapes. Xavi Torres Tarragona, Spain With his eponymous trio this Spanish pianist made a name for himself. Playing solo he channels his myriad influences, from Argentinian chacarera rhythms, to Mahler-inspired harmonies, into compositions and improvisations that balance each other effortlessly. Xavi Torres was a semi-finalst in the esteemed Thelonious Monk competititon in 2018. Family Band London, United Kingdom Channeling the powerful and freewheeling energy and momentum of the original guardians of the avant-garde, London’s Family Band are a modern take on the chord less jazz quartet. Expect moments of fierce intensity, introspection and blues all combining into an emotionally complex and often cathartic whole.