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Ania Paz

Ania Paz, pianist and composer, is known for her modern and driving sound, impregnated by a new fusion of Afro-Peruvian and Caribbean styles, within the Jazz language. She was born in Lima, Peru, where she started studying music at the age of 4, and wrote her first composition at the age of 6. Her passion for music took her to different countries and musical cultures, studying classical music as well as jazz first in Germany, and then in the US, where she got her Masters Degree. She is actually a resident of the Dominican Republic. She is the leader of the Ania Paz Jazz Ensamble, which successfully performed at the XVI Festival Internacional Jazz en Lima, at the Festival Cultural Hermanas Mirabal in Salcedo, and opened for Gato Barbieri in Santo Domingo. Ania Paz also performed at several jazz festivals and concerts, such as the TCI Jazz Festival in San Jos鬠California; the Colonial Jazz Festival in Santo Domingo; the Festival Jazz Astwood; as well as at jazz clubs, Theatre Halls and main TV shows in the Dominican Republic, Peru, Germany, Spain and the US, such as Cinemacafe (Santo Domingo), Jazz Zone (Lima), Danny's Skylight Room, Many's Place and St Peter Church (New York). As a Songwriter, she recently won with "Hoy te amo" the Festival Claro Song Competition in Lima, Peru. She participated as a composer and pianist, and the song was interpreted by singer Daniela Ghersi. As a composer, she won with her symphonic work "San Francisco" the Jose Reyes Award in Santo Domingo, which will be performed by the Santo Domingo Symphony; she won with her Jazz Ballad "Serenidad" the jazz composition competition in Casa de Teatro - where Michael Camilo and Juan Luis Guerra were part of the jury -; received an award at the USA Songwriting Competition with "Inspiracion Mia" - in the Latin category -; and received a letter from the historical Monuments? Director in Santo Domingo, mentioning that her compositions are a strong cultural contribution to the Dominican People. In addition, her composition "Acoso" was selected to be included in the new Jazz Compilation produced by TDV Media & Entertainment. Her compositions go from small instrumentations and songs, to Big Band orchestrations and pieces for Symphonic Orchestra. Ania Paz has released 4 CDs called Festejo Dominicano, Ania Paz Jazz Ensamble, Una mujer feliz and Meta Arara, plus a DVD, featuring its live concert at the XVI Festival Internacional Jazz en Lima 2006.

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“…Ania Paz, pianist and jazzist, is the leader of one of the most popular Jazz groups in the Dominican Republic….It is impressive to see how this beautiful lady performs at the piano, and to enjoy the depth of her interpretation in complicated musical tunes…drawing the interest of audiences and huge crowds that attend every one of her performances….” TEVE Showbusiness Magazine, from Puerto Rico

"Pianist and composer Ania Paz won the Song Composition Prize at the Festival Claro in Lima, Peru, with her original Song “Hoy te amo”. 3318 songs were submitted to this competition, and the jury included well-known artists and Grammy award winners such as Gianmarco and Susana Baca. This major event took place at the theatre called Parque de la Exposición in Lima, with an audience of 4500 people

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Festejo Dominicano

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Meta Arara

Jazzboy Records




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