Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group - "Spark"

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Producer Name: Daniel Susnjar

The Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group is an award-winning 7-piece Western Australian ensemble which presents original compositions influenced by Afro-Peruvian rhythms, and fresh, unique arrangements of traditional Peruvian folk songs. Founded in Miami in 2011, and driven by Susnjar's extensive touring and research in Peru, USA and the Caribbean (culminating in a Doctoral drumming dissertation), the ensemble continually pushes forward with innovative ways to express artistic sensibilities from the Afro-Peruvian and Jazz musical traditions.

The results include multiple award wins, the release of 3 full-length albums (“Su Su Nje” in 2014, “Moth to a Flame” in 2016, and their brand new offering “Spark”), extensive touring throughout the USA and Australia (including the “Moth to a Flame” Australian tour in March/April 2017), and collaborations with world class musicians including Grammy award-winning trumpeter Brian Lynch (Art Blakey), percussion legend Sammy Figueroa (Miles Davis) and Peruvian cajón icon Freddy "Huevito" Lobaton.

“Spark” – the brand new album from the Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group, showcases the ensemble in world-class form – performing cutting edge original Afro-Peruvian Jazz music to an in-studio audience. The album signifies the next step in the ensemble’s dedicated mission to creating uplifting music for the enjoyment of diverse audiences in Australia and abroad.

The winners of Best Jazz Act at last year’s WAM Awards brilliantly combined contemporary jazz with complex Afro-Peruvian rhythms to push the music into new areas of sound and texture. The talented six-piece ensemble’s playing and the soloing were of the highest quality, combining strong melodies, imaginative improvisation and solid grooves – The West Australian

Afro-Peruvian jazz, a rarity in Australia, is far more than just a Latin-style beat. Studied in the US and Peru by Perth drummer Daniel Susnjar, his Australian septet showed that the genre includes forceful rhythms and melodies- The Australian

Duration of performance: 120 minutes (2 x 50 minute sets with 20 minute interval – can be flexible with performance times)