“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 an original new fusion of Afro-Latin 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, getting two Master Degrees. She settled later 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; the International Jazz Festival and the International Festival of Contemporary Music Erart in Lima, Peru. She also presented her music at theatre halls, jazz clubs and television shows throughout Europe, the United States and Latin America, such as Danny’s Skylight Room (New York), Caja Postal (Madrid), Cinemacafe (Santo Domingo) and Jazz Zone (Lima).
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, pianist and founder of the Ania Paz Trio in Lima and the Ania Paz Jazz Ensamble in Santo Domingo, bands with a unified vision as soloists and rhythm section that persevere on the creation of a new sound in Contemporary Latin Jazz.
She is the producer of the Ania Paz Jazz Series, a multidisciplinary and unconventional initiative that offers jazz without boarders; embraces all multicultural legacy; stimulates the development of creative new trends; and inspires the community through the artist´s values.
She has connected her artistic work to several universal values, such as bringing cultures together through music, the integration of artistic disciplines, the promotion of contemporary composer’s current works, and social responsibility.
She produced and directed for the United Nations, the European Union and the Ministry of Culture multidisciplinary performances at the Teatro Nacional in Santo Domingo and at the Gran Teatro del Cibao in Santiago, integrating artists of different musical genres and cultures. She incorporated artistic expressions such as dance, poetry and literature, theatre and visual effects.
During several years she participated as an artist and produced with the Embassy of Germany in Santo Domingo and the Goethe Institute in Mexico international multicultural concerts, such as Women in Jazz and Colors of Jazz.
She is the musical director and pianist of Women All Stars, a 22 piece all-female band in charge of the opening of the summer season at the Rímac Cultural Center in Asia, Perú; produced by Mabela Martínez from Sonidos y Sabores del Mundo in Lima, Peru.
She successfully launched 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 restructured 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, Composition, Ensemble and Improvisation at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru in Lima and at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, where she received the “Talento de Oro” award (“Golden Talent”). She has 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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