Her performance will be a premiere: it will be Kris Davis' first time at North Sea Jazz. She is an established name in New York, where she is regarded as one of the driving forces behind the jazz scene in the Big Apple. Her work, in which she uses the piano to explore the boundaries between improv and composition, can unquestionably be called contemporary. Her compositions, and her style as well, can be described as adventurous and refreshing. This is heard on her solo album from 2011,Aeriol Piano, that offers a kaleidoscope of musical perspectives. An exciting mix that hasn't gone unnoticed. It delivered her a high ranking on the annual lists of The New York Times, for one thing. Together with Fabian Almazan, Matt Mitchell and David Virelles, Davis is unmistakably seen as one of the leading pianists of a new and rising generation.