- Jacques Aboucaya
(b Paris, Oct 19, 1960). French pianist and composer. He studied piano from the age of ten. In 1987 he abandoned his career as an engineer, formed his first trio, and joined Christian Escoudé’s quartet; he also made his début as an arranger with the group Electrochoc. He then accompanied such musicians as Eric Le Lann, Enrico Rava, Marc Ducret, and the singer Elizabeth Kontomanou, who helped him reveal a more passionate temperament in his playing and discover an interest in the rhythmic possibilities of the piano. Pilc wrote compositions and arrangements for Michel Portal, Aldo Romano, and André Ceccarelli, performed with Roy Haynes, recorded with Martial Solal, Le Lann (1989), and Jean Toussaint (1995), and headed both a trio and a big band which he established in 1993. Based in New York from 1995, he formed the Big Apple Three with the double bass player Darryl Hall and the drummer Dave Gibson (replaced by François Moutin and Ari Hoenig respectively). While directing the tentet Big One, which performed his compositions, he launched the project Cardinal Points, involving Rick Margitza, Stephano di Battista, the guitarist Nelson Veras, Toussaint, and Mark Mondesir. Initially influenced by Bud Powell, Herbie Hancock, and Keith Jarrett, Pilc later created a more personal language....