Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group - "Spark"

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Email Address: danielsusnjar@hotmail.com

Company Website: http://www.danielsusnjar.com

Producer Name: Daniel Susnjar 

Synopsis ( max 1500): 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. 


Recent and upcoming performances include:

- 2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Western Australia
- 2018 Jazz by the Bay Festival, Western Australia
- 2018 Bunuru Festival, Western Australia
- 2018 Ellington Jazz Club “Spark” album launch
- 2017 Perth International Arts Festival, Western Australia
- 2017 Fairbridge Folk Festival, Western Australia
- 2017 Perth International Jazz Festival, Western Australia
- 2017 “Moth to a Flame” Australian tour (Perth, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, Wollongong, Brisbane, Melbourne)
- 2017 RTR in the Pines, Western Australia

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. 
 
- Winner, APRA/AMCOS Art Music Awards WA State Award
- Winner, Best Jazz Act, 2017 Western Australian Music Industry Awards
- Winner, Best Jazz Act, 2016 Western Australian Music Industry Awards
- Winner, Best Drummer/Percussionist, 2016 Western Australian Music Industry Awards
- Winner, “Pius Bartosik,” 2015 WAM Jazz Song of the Year Award
- Winner, Best Australian Modern Jazz Album for debut album “Su Su Nje”, 2015    Australian Jazz Bell Awards
- Winner, Australian Jazz Song of the Year “Forte Pulse Torte,” 2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards 

Review Quotes (max 3 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, a syncopated spring in our step and a renewed appreciation for the musical riches this festival provides year after year- Sydney Morning Herald
 
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

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