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
She is the leader of the Ania Paz Jazz Ensamble, which successfully
performed at the XVI Festival Internacional Jazz en Lima, at the Festival Cultural
Hermanas Mirabal in Salcedo, and opened for Gato Barbieri in Santo Domingo.
Ania Paz also performed at several jazz festivals and concerts, such as the
TCI Jazz Festival in San José, 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.
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, which will be performed by the Santo Domingo Symphony
Orchestra; she won with her Jazz Ballad "Serenidad" the jazz composition competition
in Casa de Teatro - where
and Juan Luis Guerra were part of the jury -; received an award at the USA Songwriting
Competition with "Inspiracion Mia" - in the Latin category -; and received a letter
from the historical Monuments' Director in Santo Domingo, mentioning that her compositions
are a strong cultural contribution to the Dominican People.
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.
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 Folclórico at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música
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, Puerto Rico
I Festival Claro – Finalists Compilation
CD - (2008)
Festejo Dominicano – CD - (2007)
Ania Paz Jazz Ensamble – CD - (2006)
Life in Satchmo – DVD at the XVI Festival
Internacional Jazz en Lima - (2006)
Una mujer feliz – CD - (2002)
Meta Arara – CD - (1998)
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