"Paz's melodic lines are made with art, his lyricism does not fit anything you anticipate listening to, having the ability to surprise."
- Jazz Trail
Hery Paz is a New York based Cuban multi-instrumentalist, composer and visual artist. At the heart of his artistic practice we find a resolute dedication to expand his cultural philosophy, crystalizing an amalgam of expressions between improvisation, composition and visual arts. His playing is imbued with a depth of purpose, a sense of patience and a willingness to venture into the unknown. Paz is an integral element of the creative music scene in New York City where he has worked with artists such as, Dave Liebman, William Parker, Cooper Moore, Ralph Alessi, Francisco Mela, Tom Rainey, Thomas Morgan, Román Díaz, Kris Davis, Miguel Zenón, Juan De Marcos Gonzales, Gerald Cleaver and Joe Morris...
As a painter Hery is a published cover artist for IRAZÚ RECORDS, RED PIANO RECORD and PYROCLASTIC RECORDS (Kris Davis / Craig Taborn “Octopus”). In addition he was the commissioned artist for the 4th Season of the prestigious NEWVELLE RECORDS label, involving artist like Tim Berne, Dave Liebman, Hank Roberts, Kenny Werner and Bill Frisell.
EDUCATION: MA degree from the New England Conservatory (Boston) and active professor for the New England Conservatory Jazz Lab and the University of Maine Jazz Camp in Farmington.
“Hery's work inspires on several levels: imagination, discipline, intriguing and full of energy... in other words pure beauty.”
- Dave Liebman
"... a revelation, a musician of extraordinary strength"
- Fred Hersch
"…a spicy soloistic mill, his rasping tone cuts across the line between form and freedom with knife-edge precision"