Since moving to NYC in 1997, Sebastian Cruz has been a prominent and influential musical voice in the development of a Colombian New York sound that has, over the past ten years, gradually become an ebullient musical scene and community. Performing in NYC in venues such as Joe’s Pub, Central Park’s Summer Stage, CultureFest at Battery Park, BAM Café, and others, Sebastian has been involved as leader, band member, composer, arranger and musical director with leading Colombian based projects in New York. These projects include Coba, La Cumbiamba eNeYé, Luc
2002 ASCAP Award, composition for theater
Epiphone Casino with Lindy Fralin Pick-ups, Mesa Boogie Blue Angel Amp, Fender Blues Jr. w/jensen speaker amp, assortment of pedals (some home made!)including: Ernie Ball volume, Line 6 DL4, Voodoo Lab tremolo, Vintage ProCo RAT, Range Master (home made)and silcon fuzz face (home made)
"(Sebastian) has become one of the most creative and multifaceted Colombian musicians (in NY)"Radio Nacional de Colombia
"sebastian cruz, the mind behind the wonderful coba, has a new project called "cheap landscape," and it'll blow your mind. This is colombian, no doubt, but with sebastian's frenetic distorted guitar, it's something you've never heard before."
Robert Kelly-Chonta Records
"Cruz has left calmness aside to pronounce his fury" and "Everything sounds spontaneous, maybe because it was all recorded live in four hours going from the overwhelming calmness of "preludio empañado" and "cometa de plumas, to uncontrollable 'descargas' like "Caranga" and "Paradis Quarter." Latin American edition of Rolling Stone magazine, about the new CD by Sebastian Cruz and the Cheap Landscape Trio