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Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra

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Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra is a 20-piece ensemble that specializes in Afro Peruvian music. The band combines elements of Jazz and traditional Peruvian rhythms which result in fresh sounds and creative new melodies. APJO was created by Anibal Seminario and Lorenzo Ferrero, both Peruvian composers/woodwind players. The music performed by the band is both original material and original arrangements of traditional Peruvian tunes. Some of the traditional rhythms enveloped within the performances are Lando, Festejo, Marinera, Zamacueca, and many others.. On January 4th, 2018, the APJO was invited to perform at the Jazz Education Network Conference, one of the biggest Jazz conferences in the world. In addition, on May 5th, the APJO headlined and performed at El Camino College’s 5th annual Jazz Festival. APJO recently debuted its first album, Tradiciones, advocating the marvelous culture and influential music of Peru

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Anibal Seminario

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Peruvian native Anibal Marcelo Seminario is a Grammy-nominated saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator. Studying on a full scholarship, he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Jazz Performance at California State University, Long Beach. Since graduating from CSULB, Anibal works in the greater Los Angeles area as a freelance woodwind player, recording artist, arranger, and producer.  Seminario is the co-founder and director of “The Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra” alongside Peruvian saxophonist Lorenzo Ferrero. The APJO is a 20-piece big band that merges elements of traditional Afro-Peruvian music with Jazz into an exciting new sound

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Felipe Alonso

Guitarist and composer Felipe Alonso, raised in Peru, is much at ease in both electric and acoustic settings. His dedication for the guitar has led him to explore jazz music in the US and flamenco in Spain. Felipe moved to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute in Hollywood and the prestigious Thornton School of Music at University of Southern California. His versatility makes him standout as a unique guitarist able to perform different musical traditions with much ease and authority. "A Gathering" celebrates Felipe's musical upbringing as an innovative jazz musician able to preserve South American culture and showcase his improvisational skills on the guitar.

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Corina Bartra

A sophisticated jazz and contemporary world singer from Peru? -Yes, Peru. In the last 100 years jazz has spread to every section of the globe, bringing forth fine Latin jazz musicians from New York, Cuba and Brazil. And if you haven’t already heard about her, Corina Bartra from Peru…. Corina was the first vocalist to blend Afro Peruvian and criolla music & Jazz. She also pioneered subtle and exciting instrumental textures in her compositions and her arrangements. She writes extensive intros, interludes, and solos filled with inventive rhythms and beautiful harmonies. She also guides her musicians to do so


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