Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group “Spark” Album Launch

Thursday 12 April 7.00pm

The Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group is an award-winning 7 piece 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 (2017 APRA/AMCOS Art Music Awards WA State Award, 2017 WAM award, 2 x 2016 WAM awards, 2 x 2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards, 2015 WAMI Jazz Song of the Year), the release of 2 full-length albums (“Su Su Nje” and “Moth to a Flame”), 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 cajon icon Freddy “Huevito” Lobaton.

The Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group is releasing its eagerly-anticipated third album “Spark” (recorded and filmed in front of a live studio audience) in April 2018 – and has been invited to perform at the 2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

A short list of recent performances includes:

2017 Perth International Arts Festival
2017 Perth International Jazz Festival
2017 Fairbridge Folk Festival
2017 Australian tour (Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Wollongong, Newcastle)
2016 Jazz Education Network conference (Louisville, KY, USA)
2016 Etnia Latina Festival (Perth, WA)
2015 OffBeat Festival (Fremantle, WA), 2015 Zinc Bar (NYC, USA)
2015 Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival

The Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group features:

Ricki Malet – trumpet
Luke Minness – saxophone
Harry Mitchell – piano
Jeremy Thomson – guitar
Zac Grafton – bass
Iain Robbie – percussion
Daniel Susnjar – drums/compositions

Combining infectious grooves, emotive melodies, risk-taking improvisation and extreme dynamics, the Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group “radiates a joyful energy that infects not just the band members but the entire auditorium” – Sydney Morning Herald.

“A brilliant breakout percussion display from Susnjar”
John McBeath – The Australian

“Refreshing, danceable and lively”
 Euan Dixon –

“Susnjar has created a fresh and bright thing”
John Hardaker – AustralianJazz.Net

“Impossibly beautiful drumming and performance by the core ensemble and stellar guests”
Raul Da Gama – Latin Jazz Network

“Susnjar’s Australian septet showed that Afro-Peruvian jazz is far more than just a Latin-style beat.”
John McBeath – The Australian

“The Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group’s high energy performance was a highlight”
– Australian Book Review


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