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Daniel Susnjar presents Candela! Afro-Peruvian Roots Revisited

Thursday 24 February 7.00pm

Multi award-winning drummer/composer Daniel Susnjar is internationally renowned for his expertise in Afro-Peruvian jazz music. Since first encountering this music in a life changing way in 2010 (followed closely by recording and touring throughout USA, Peru and Australia), Daniel has been inspired to tirelessly experiment with Afro-Peruvian and Jazz musical sensibilities – leading to innovation, collaboration and critical acclaim. For this special one-time performance, Daniel presents classic Afro-Peruvian songs made famous by Peruvian all-time greats including Chabuca Granda, Susana Baca, Eva Ayllón, Zambo Cavero, Alex Acuña and next-generation Peruvian artists including Tito Manrique, Tony Succar and Gabriel Alegria.

Expect to hear joyful melodies, infectious grooves and dynamic musical interplay from Western Australia‘s most exciting musical talent. Bring your dancing shoes!


Daniel Susnjar – drums

Jayden Blockley – soprano saxophone

Oliver Taylor – tenor saxophone

Grant Windsor – piano

Mike Ellis – guitar

Tommi Flamenco – bass guitar

Iain Robbie – percussion

Winner, 2021 WAM Awards Best Jazz Act

Winner, 2021 WAM Jazz Song of the Year

Media quotes:


“Susnjar radiated a joyful energy that infected not just his fellow band members but the entire auditorium, and sent us out into the still-damp night air with smiles on our faces and a syncopated spring in our step” – Sydney Morning Herald 

“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” – John McBeath – The Australian 


“Brilliantly combined contemporary jazz with complex Afro-Peruvian rhythms to push the music into new areas of sound and texture. The talented ensemble’s playing and the soloing were of the highest quality, combining strong melodies, imaginative improvisation and solid grooves” – The West Australian 

“Will reignite any Jazz listener’s love affair with that most important and irresistible element of the art form – rhythm” – John Hardaker

 “Filled with energy, exemplary musicianship and toe-tapping beats” Roger Mitchell –

 “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

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

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