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.
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 United States, 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 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival in Cabarete; at the
XVI Festival Internacional Jazz en Lima, Peru; and at the Festival
Cultural Hermanas Mirabal in Salcedo and Tenares, Dominican
Ania Paz also performed at several jazz festivals and concerts, such
as the TCI Jazz Festival in San Jose, California; the Colonial Jazz
Festival in Santo Domingo; the Festival Jazz Astwood; as well as at jazz
clubs, Theatre Halls and main Television shows in the Dominican
Republic, Peru, Germany, Spain and the United States, 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; and she also won with her Jazz Ballad
"Serenidad" the jazz composition competition in Casa de Teatro - where
Michel Camilo and Juan Luis Guerra were part of the jury. 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.
She is the producer of the Ania Paz Jazz Series, and innovative project
that integrates different artistic expressions into Jazz, and inspires to
creativity and new trends.
As an educator, she has been teaching and presenting Master Classes
at Universities and Music Institutions in Germany, the US and the
Dominican Republic; she reorganized the curricula for the Departamento
Folclorico at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica in Santo Domingo
and created the one for Jazzymas; and she wrote several
jazz and modern styles methods.
In addition, she participated at the second international convention of
the Afro-Latin and American Research Association, presenting a
conference about the development of African rhythms in different areas
of America. As a result she received a recognition plaque for
extraordinary support from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Ania recently participated playing cajon with 634 cajoneros at the I
Festival Internacional de Cajon in Lima, Peru.
She has released a DVD, featuring her live concert at the XVI Festival
Internacional Jazz en Lima, and the CDs Festejo Dominicano, Ania Paz
Jazz Ensamble, Una mujer feliz and Meta Arara, which are currently
played on Radio Stations in the United States, Belgium, England, the
Dominican Republic, Guadaloupe, Panama, Colombia, Puerto Rico and
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