An abundance of joy! That freeing happiness is what you feel when you listen to one of Ania Paz´ composition. Sitting at the piano, she plays every melody with emotion...She uses every second…to create and imagine mixtures of sounds. Everything with one goal: sharing, giving to others what she likes the most…You have to listen to Ania Paz, since she expresses a universal joy that is understood in any language.
Nathalie Almonte, En Sociedad Magazine, Hoy Newspaper, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Ania Paz, pianist and composer, is known for her modern and driving sound, impregnated by a new fusion of Caribbean and Afro-Peruvian 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 with Günther Herzfeld, and then in the United States, where she got her Masters Degree. She is currently established in the Dominican Republic.
She successfully performed at several international festivals, such as the TCI San Jose Jazz Festival in California, United States; Rencontre autour du Piano in Guadeloupe, France; the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival in Cabarete, Dominican Republic; and the Festival Internacional Jazz en Lima, Peru. She also has performed at concerts in theatre halls, television shows, and jazz clubs of the Dominican Republic, Peru, Germany, Spain and the United States, such as Jazz Zone (Lima), Cinemacafe (Santo Domingo), Danny´s Skylight Room (New York) and Caja Postal (Madrid).
As a composer she won, among others, the José Reyes symphonic composition prize of the Ministry of Culture in the Dominican Republic; the Festival Claro Song Competition in Lima, Peru; and the Jazz Composition Prize at Casa de Teatro in Santo Domingo.
She is the leader and founder of the Ania Paz Jazz Ensamble, a band which consists of the renowned musicians Virgilio Féliz Junior (bass), Félix Cabral (drums), and Juamy Fernández (percussion). With a unified vision as soloists and rhythm section, they persevere on the creation of a new sound in Contemporary Latin Jazz.
She produces the Ania Paz Jazz Series – a new way of feeling Jazz -, a multidisciplinary and unconventional initiative that offers jazz without boarders; embraces all of our multicultural legacy; stimulates the development of creative new trends; and inspires the community interactively through the artist´s values.
She produced and directed for the United Nations and the European Union two multidisciplinary performances at the Teatro Nacional in Santo Domingo and at the Gran Teatro del Cibao in Santiago de los Caballeros, integrating artists of different musical genres and cultures, to carry a message of tolerance through art. She incorporated artistic expressions such as dance, poetry and literature, theatre and visual effects.
She participated with the Ania Paz Jazz Ensamble at two extraordinary concerts of the Embassy of Germany in Santo Domingo and the Goethe Institut in Mexico: Mujeres en el Jazz (Women in Jazz), with Angelika Niescier and her Sublim group, and Colores del Jazz (Colours of Jazz), with the Timo Vollbrecht New York Group.
She produced 5 CDs and 1 DVD, played at radio stations of the United States, Belgium, England, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Guadaloupe, Panama, Puerto Rico and Peru.
As an educator, she created and directed the first Contemporary Latin Jazz course at the Iglobal University of Funglode in Santo Domingo; she reformed the curriculum at the Departamento Folclórico del Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Santo Domingo; she founded Jazzymas and created its curriculum; and she wrote several jazz and modern styles methods. She is a professor of Harmony and Composition at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas; and of Musical Analysis and Piano at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru in Lima. She has taught and presented Master Classes at Universities and Music Institutions of Germany, the United States, Peru and the Dominican Republic.
As a researcher, she presented a conference about the development of African rhythms in different areas of America at the ALARA international convention -Afro-Latin and American Research Association-, receiving recognition for extraordinary support from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was also a collaborator at the book by Dr. Carl Schmidt ¨The music of Francis Poulenc¨, published by the Oxford University Press.
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