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 Landó, 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 debuted its first album, Tradiciones, in 2020, advocating the marvelous culture and influential music of Perú. This debut album has captured the hearts of many around the world, receiving two Latin Grammy nominations, one for Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album, and one for Best Arrangement for the track “La Flor de la Canela,” a vals criollo song composed by legendary Peruvian singer-songwriter Chabuca Granda, and beautifully arranged by Lorenzo Ferrero. The Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra won the Latin Grammy for Best Arrangement. Tradiciones also received a nomination for the 63rd edition of the Grammy Awards, Best Latin Jazz Album category.
Founders and Music Directors
Lorenzo Ferrero and Anibal Seminario met in Lima, Perú while performing with the Peruvian National Youth Symphony Orchestra. Both classical clarinet players at the time, were immediate friends and started building a music relationship like no other.
Lorenzo later moved to Boston to study at Berklee School of Music, while Anibal moved to Los Angeles to study at the California State University of Long Beach. Once both concluded their studies, Lorenzo decided to move to Los Angeles, it is during this crucial time that both Anibal and Lorenzo knew exactly what to do. The idea of having an Afro Peruvian big band had always been lurking around and now in the city of Los Angeles, that idea has become a reality.
Artist Profile: Adrien Brandeis
Adrien Brandeis is a french jazz pianist and composer born in Annecy. After studying at the Nice conservatory, he moved to Paris in 2018 to study with Manuel Rocheman and graduated from the CRR conservatory in Paris.
In 2017, he produced and released his first album in quintet Euforia, which had great recognition and international success after performing in Asia (Jazzmandu Festival in Nepal, Kolkata International Jazz Festival in India).
Euforia put Adrien Brandeis, in the spotlight of the Jazz scene, and led him to be awarded the prestigious Letter One Rising Stars Jazz Award 2018. This award, which recognizes the best young European jazz artist of the year, opened the doors for him to share his music on the biggest European stages during the summer of 2019: Nice Jazz Festival (France), Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy), Leopolis Jazz Festival (Ukraine), Love Supreme Jazz Festival (England), Heineken Jazzaldia Festival (Spain), Kongsberg Jazz Festival (Norway), JazzOpen Stuttgart (Germany).
Subsequently, he toured Mexico to present Euforia in trio, at the International Jazz and Blues Festival of Zacatecas 2019 and in several theaters in the center of the country.
On the French scene, he has won numerous awards: first prize at the Jazz à Juan 2017, public prize at the Jazz 2017 in Porquerolles, among others.
In Paris, he has collaborated with numerous musicians such as Orlando Poleo, Inor Sotolongo, Damian Nueva, Arnaud Dolmen, Abraham Mansfaroll, Felipe Cabrera and Philippe Ciminato.
Very attached to Latin music, he went to study in Havana, Cuba, with Ernán López-Nussa to perfect his piano skills, in September 2019.
These trips and experiences enriched his piano playing and allowed him to write his second album Meetings, a quartet album with Damian Nueva, Arnaud Dolmen, Inor Sotolongo and special guest Orlando Poleo.
Meetings, released in October 2020, allows him to move towards a more modern sound while maintaining a certain freshness. It was selected as one of the best jazz albums in France in 2020 by TSF Jazz radio.
In 2021, Meetings is presented more than 30 times; including festivals and clubs in France (Altitude Jazz Festival, Festival Jazz en Sol Mineur, Festival Musique en Cour, Duc des Lombards) as well as in Mexico (Festival Internacional de Polanco, Festival Internacional de Irapuato, Ciclo de Jazz del Forum Cultural Guanajuato, Festival EuroJazz, Festival Cultural de Mayo in Jalisco).
After two tours in Mexico in May and November 2021, where he was very well received by the Mexican public, he created a strong bond with this country and was fascinated by its culture and the places he visited.
It is then, that he decided to record his third album Siempre más allá, a testimony of his experiences and his personal tribute to Mexico.
This album was recorded as a quartet, with the musicians with whom he had shared the stage a few months before: Giliard Lopes (Brazil), José Loria Triay (Mexico) and Roberto Vizcaíno Jr. (Cuba).
He also had the collaboration of two great Cuban musicians of the international jazz scene: Horacio “El Negro” Hernández and Roberto Vizcaíno Guillot.
In the summer of 2022, he had outstanding participations in the A to jazz Festival (Bulgaria), Jazz à Toulon (France) as well as a special invitation to the San Jose Summer Jazz Festival (USA). He even had the opportunity to arrange and present his music in Piano Solo in Portugal and England.
YouTube Video – Adrien Brandeis – Siempre más allá (EPK)
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