Biography

 
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Eva Novoa was born in Barcelona where she started her piano studies at an early age. She studied Jazz in ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya). In 2005 she traveled for the first time to New York where she took part in several workshops at Ralph Alessi’s school SIM (School for Improvisational Music). In 2005 Eva moved to the Netherlands where she studied at Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague (Bachelor in Jazz Piano, Master in Jazz Composition while she was awarded with a full scholarship of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science). At this same conservatory, she worked as a piano teacher at the Jazz Department in 2012.

Eva has recorded and produced six albums with her own music as a leader. With her Quartet, Ditmas Quartet, she has just released their last album live with her new compositions back in July 2018. It is Eva Novoa’s fourth album as a leader. This is a live concert recorded again by Jeremy Loucas at Ibeam in Brooklyn on July 29th 2016, released in mid July 2018 on Fresh Sound New Talent. This recent album has also got very good press, including another four star review on DownBeat in 2018, other relevant reviews on The New York Jazz City Record, Jazziz gave a special mention to her track “Déjà Vu” as song of the month or Jazz Weekly in California also published a great review. Her album has also been selected in two All About Jazz radio shows in January 2019 and April 2019 amongst other free avant garde artists. She just recorded with her Trio with Drew Gress on bass and Devin Gray on drums in January 2019 at Oktaven Audio studio in upstate NY. She is currently in the process of mixing this new recording with brand new music. Her next album to be released -before her Trio- is a quartet with guitar and was recorded in Florida while being on tour with her Miami Quartet Satellite Quartet (Arturo Garcia on drums, Kenneth Jimenez on bass, Rainer Davies on guitar). This album has just been mastered in April 2019 and is soon to be released on Fresh Sound New Talent. Her previous third album "Butterflies and Zebras" with her New York Quartet, Ditmas Quartet (with Michaël Attias on alto sax, Max Johnson on bass and Jeff Davis on drums), was released on Fresh Sound New Talent in January 27th 2016. This album was recorded by Amandine Pras in New York at the studio Sear Sound in June 2015 and mixed and mastered by sound engineer, producer and Grammy award winner Jeremy Loucas. Butterflies and Zebras got a four star review on DownBeat Magazine in their recent August 2016 issue. Also on Fresh Sound New Talent her debut Trio (with Masa Kamaguchi on bass and Marc Lohr on drums) was released in March 2012. Her second cd Quartet (with Ernesto Aurignac on alto saxophone, Masa Kamaguchi on bass and André Sumelius on drums) has also been released on Fresh Sound New Talent in October 2013. 

Since she arrived to NY, Eva Novoa has performed at venues like The Stone, Barbès, Korzo Konceptions Music Series, IBeam, Nublu, Cornelia Street Café, ShapeShifter Lab, or Sycamore Bar amongst others. She regularly plays with drummers Billy Mintz, Jeff Davis, Devin Gray, or Satoshi Takeishi, saxophonist Michaël Attias, bass players Max Johnson, Drew Gress, Matt Pavolka, saxophonist and drummer Oscar Noriega, drummer Tom Rainey or guitarist Ryan Ferreira amongst others. She has been a student of classical teacher Sophia Rosoff since 2006. Eva is currently based in New York City since 2012.

While in The Netherlands Eva was invited to play with her quartet Eva Novoa Quartet in the Dutch Jazz Competition 2006. She has been a steady pianist of the West Coast Big Band. They presented their third cd New Dutch in October 2009. With this band she got the chance to play with singers Greetje Kauffeld, Deborah J.Carter and Dutch chromatic harmonica player Hermine Deurloo. She regularly plays in Holland where she has played with musicians like Ruud Jacobs, Sjoerd Dijkhuizen, Marcel Serierse, Simon Rigter, Ruben Samama, or Frits Landesbergen and has toured with different projects in Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Poland and Belgium. She was on tour with Portuguese singer based in New York Sara Serpa in 2011, on the European presentation of her album Mobile. In Holland she also worked for the Dutch multi awarded musical production Soldaat van Oranje, De Musical which is the longest running and by far the biggest theatrical production ever staged in The Netherlands with millions of visitors.