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Ania Paz
piano, composition

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 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.

…Ania Paz, pianist and jazzist, is the leader of one of the most popular Jazz groups in the Dominican Republic….It is impressive to see how this beautiful lady performs at the piano, and to enjoy the depth of her interpretation in complicated musical tunes…drawing the interest of audiences and huge crowds that attend every one of her performances….
Freddy Bautista, TEVE, Showbusiness Magazine, Puerto Rico

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

Pianist and keyboardist Ania Paz is carrying on the Caribbean tradition of producing pulsating rhythms and superb playing on her recent release. She has been enthralling audiences for many years…and this mainly self composed set will add to her growing reputation as one of the country´ s leading jazz musicians.
Wes Gillespie, EuroClubdeJazz

Her music reflects the fusion between the old and the modern. A mixture of freedom and wisdom, of ecstasy and serenity. Ania Paz, a beautiful inca princess making music in Santo Domingo.
José Arias Almanzar, Hoy newspaper, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Behind Ania Paz´ apparent shyness, there is a musician ´s volcano inside, one that makes her seat at the instrument, as if this was the most important moment of her life, and as her own existence would depend on this. In her, a passionate musician, beautiful chords blend and take her through an innovative path, essential to her career and her creativity…
Limay González, El Caribe newspaper, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Ania Paz, she still has an accent from Lima, yet she is a talent who with no doubt makes all of us Dominicans very proud. This young composer has a beauty that goes beyond the physical aspect, and that she transfers to her smile and hands.
Deidamia Galán, Oh Magazine, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Jazz is more than a musical reference to her, it is rather the style that puts her in touch with her inner-self, with her soul. From this depth, Ania Paz, pianist and composer, has built a universe of compositions which deliver all of her emotions. Correo Newspaper, Lima, Perú

Apart from the pianist´s virtuosism, both Albums (Festejo Dominicano and Ania Paz Jazz Ensamble) reveal an artist who has built a unique world in the Latin Jazz area, with a very personal, intense and passionate language. Ángel Páez, La República Newspaper, Lima, Perú

A very talented composer and pianist.
Laney Goodman, Women in Music Radio show, Boston, USA

"Jazz che passione: Ania Paz", Interview in Il Metropolitano, Italy:

Interview in "Dominicanyork TV", New York, about the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival:

Article in "Listín Diario", about the Ania Paz Jazz Series:

Article in "News in America" and "the Ministry of Tourism", about the Ania Paz Jazz Series:

Video of international agency "EFE" from Spain, about Voces Inmigrantes en RD:

Article by David García in "Municipios al Día", about Voces Inmigrantes en RD::

Publication in "Dominicano Ahora", about the concert Mujeres en el Jazz (Women in Jazz):

Video of international agency "EFE" from Spain, about Jazz para todos (Jazz for everyone):

Miniature – Teatro Nacional

Encuentro – Teatro Nacional

Serenidad – Gran Teatro del Cibao


Una mujer feliz - Centro Dominico Alemán

Preyeso - Lucía 203

Casclave – Lucía 203

Acoso – Festival de Jazz en Lima

With merengue guest artist Peña Suazo, fusion of Merengue with Jazz

Ania Paz with Daniela Ghersi, at Festival Claro in Lima, Parque de la Exposición

2013 The Piano has been thinking CD
2009 Festejo Dominicano CD in USA and Internet, Mojito Records
2008 Hoy te amo composition in I Festival Claro CD, Claro
2007 Festejo Dominicano CD
2007 Acoso composition in the TDV Music & Entertainment jazz compilation
2006 DVD – Ania Paz Jazz Ensamble, Life in Satchmo
2006 Ania Paz Jazz Ensamble CD
2005 Una mujer feliz CD
2000 Songs CD
1998 Meta Arara CD

Contacts and Information:
Ania Paz

mail: aniapazg@gmail.com
web: www.myspace.com/aniapaz

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