Sonic Journeys Inspired in Venezuela and South America
Our Album of the Week feature review at prestigious Latin Jazz Network by Raul da Gama!
"This disc, Orígenes y Destinos , features Luis D’Elias on guitars, cuatro and the unusual Pentola. His extraordinary playing of every all instruments features well-regulated action and varied timbres and will likely attract string instrument mavens. More importantly D’Elias has an exceptional way with his music crafted with extraordinary Venezuelan passion and folkloric splendour..."
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Young NYC artists unite to portray the sounds and colors of Latin America at Rockwood Music Hall
NEW YORK, November 27th, 2015 – A group of young and up and coming composers and performers, led by Juana Aquerreta, Jacinta Clusellas and Luis D’Elias will host a night of music and colors that celebrates the rhythms and sounds of Latin America, as their original compositions come to life in the company of a live painting performance by Venezuelan artist, Andrea Amanda, resulting in a night of art inspired by the past, present and future of Latin America.
Blending lush melodies, rhythmic phrasing, and thought-provoking lyrics, the music of Juana, Jacinta and Luis is an organic fusion of the musical traditions of Argentina and Venezuela with contemporary genres, with a focus on modern songwriting that provides a new context for Latin American folklore. At the same time, their original compositions craft a bridge between different cultures, genres, styles that will capture the curiosity of new audiences, while inspiring awe and wonder for what these musical traditions have to offer.
For this event, the cast of musicians that will bring this music to life will feature talents from Europe and America, such as Alessio Romano (Italy), Miguel Gallardo (Ecuador), Santiago Herrera (Ecuador), Ken Ychicawa (Peru) and Raquel Quiñones Rivera (USA). With a wide range of musical backgrounds, this group of artists will each bring their own touch to the music, creative a multicultural palette that will be the basis for the sound of the new Latin American folklore being showcased during the concert.
To complement the sounds and music of Juana, Jacinta and Luis, the event will feature a live painting performance by Venezuelan artist, Andrea Amanda, who, through neo-expressionism, gives written words a different life as she deconstructs them and makes them wink at the eye of the viewer who ultimately is able to enjoy the experience of discovering a new universe of words and letters. The result will be a night of sounds and colors inspired by the folklore of Latin America, with a very special focus on the musical traditions shared by Argentina and Venezuela.
The show will be on November 27th at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, and will take place from 7pm to 8pm. There will be a 10$ cover charge. CDs and merchandise will be available for sale.
We are very happy to announce we have been honored with being nominated for Best International at the Toronto Independent Music Awards, this coming October 23rd! Joropo and Merengue will visit Canada this weekend!
Venezuelan Fusion Jazz group, The Luis D’Elias Ensemble, returns to The Bitter End featuring special guests and new music
NEW YORK, September 26th, 2015 – The Luis D’Elias Ensemble will be performing at The Bitter End with material from their debut album, Orígenes y Destinos (Origins and Destinations), conceived as a journey through Venezuelan rhythms and traditions as perceived through the lens of contemporary music, jazz and rock. The group will bring their music back to the West Village Venue, showcasing the fusion of South American rhythms with jazz harmonies, rock energy and a through-composed narrative that paints a landscape of music full of intricate patterns, soaring melodies and dynamic orchestrations that are bound to captivate the imagination of its audience. As part of an ongoing series, the ensemble will feature special guests, as well as the performance of new material that will begin paving the way for the future of the band’s musical explorations. The music of The Luis D’Elias Ensemble depicts composer Luis D’Elias’ vision for the evolution of joropo and merengue, staples of traditional Venezuelan rhythms. Andrei Cherascu, novelist and author of the blog, The Music and Myth calls it “a lush soundscape of profound musicality” and “a true work of culture” that is crafted “with an extremely fortunate combination of talent, intelligence and exceptional musical education”. At the hands of a band where most of the members are not from Venezuela, the music is able to capture a dimension that brings fresh air to traditional rhythms and fresh grooves to jazz and rock, thus weaving a musical world bound together by the sheer musicality of the group. The ensemble will feature the talents of Evan Waaramaa (piano), P.J. Duffy (bass), Ken Ychicawa (drums) and Luis D’Elias (guitar) as well as feature Marina Maiztegui (vocals) and Leonor Falcón (violin) as special guests. Marina is a Brazilian/Argentinian singer graduated from Berklee that has worked with numerous acts from Brazil and the rest of the world, while Leonor is a Venezuelan jazz violin player who previously performed with the world renowned Venezuela Symphonic Orchestra. They will serve as the bridge between tradition and pop; musicians and audience as they infuse their talents into the vast soundscape of the music that defines The Luis D’Elias Ensemble.
The album is up for streaming at our website! It will soon be available on Soundcloud as well!
If you like it, don't forget to buy it at https://itun.es/us/CDum7 or www.cdbaby.com/theluisdeliasnesemble
Hi everyone! The band is about to perform once again in NYC this coming August 27th at Alphabet Lounge in East Village! CDs will be for sale!
Also, some exciting news for our followers in Venezuela. The album will be released in our music's homeland soon at www.cusica.com
Stay tuned for more details!
"With an extremely fortunate combination of talent, intelligence and exceptional musical education, The Luis D’Elias Ensemble have created a true work of culture."
Thanks to Andrei Cherascu for the article!
Los Del Sur present their debut concert in New York City, showcasing original South American music.
NEW YORK, June 20th, 2015 – Los Del Sur (The Ones From The South), a musical ensemble led by composers Tomás LaTorre and Luis D’Elias, will have their debut concert in Silvana Harlem, showcasing original Argentinian and Venezuelan music in a modern context that attempts to bring the rhythms that flow across South America to audiences all around the world.
The music presented by Los Del Sur comprises a musical journey through the vast soundscapes of South America, ranging from the Argentinian Chacarera to the Venezuelan Joropo, as well as featuring rhythms from Brazil, Ecuador and Perú. LaTorre and D’Elias, both composers and performers, have honed their skills in a way that lets contemporary music fuse itself with the traditions from their homelands, bringing about a musical experience not akin to any traditional jazz act.
The newly formed group features other exemplary musicians from across Latin America. Miguel Gallardo, from Ecuador, is featured on the piano while Tiago Michelin, from Uruguay, will be performing the drums, bringing representation from across the continent. As part of this performance as well, the talented saxophonist Zac Zinger, ASCAP Youth Composer Award recipient, will be representing North America as the ensemble demonstrates how music can transcend geographical barriers and blur cultural frontiers.
For this show, the band will also share the music from Luis D’Elias’ newly released album, Orígenes y Destinos, as well as Tomas LaTorre’s upcoming debut production, Vidala Espera, as they set precedent for what is a new wave of South American composers ready to take by storm the NYC scene, as they join forces by forming Los Del Sur.
The show will be on June 20th at Silvana Harlem, and will take place from 6pm to 8pm. There will be no cover charge.
Thanks for the amazing success for last weekend's album release! The Bitter End was up to capacity for our release, and we could not be more excited about what's to come!
Joropo Para Todos!
After an amazing night at The Bitter End, we are ready to keep on joropin'! The album is now available worldwide at CdBaby, iTunes, Amazon, et al! Support us into bringing Joropo to the world!
The Luis D’Elias Ensemble announce the release their debut album, Orígenes y Destinos
NEW YORK, May 16th, 2015 – The Luis D’Elias Ensemble announce the release of their debut album, Orígenes y Destinos (Origins and Destinations), conceived as a journey through Venezuelan rhythms and traditions as perceived through the lens of contemporary music, jazz and rock. Recorded in Boston by a multicultural cast of musicians from all over the world and mixed in Caracas by the Latin Grammy award winning engineer, Darío Peñaloza, the album encompasses 10 original musical pieces which showcase the fusion of South American rhythms with jazz harmonies, rock energy and a through-composed narrative, generating a landscape of music featuring intricate patterns, soaring melodies and dynamic orchestrations that are bound to captivate the imagination of its audience.
The music of Orígenes y Destinos depicts composer Luis D’Elias’ vision for the evolution of joropo and merengue, staples of traditional Venezuelan rhythms. At the hands of a band where most of the members are not from Venezuela, the music captures a dimension that brings fresh air to traditional rhythms and fresh grooves to jazz and rock, thus weaving a soundscape bound together by the sheer musicality of the band.
With orchestrations that range from orchestral and acoustic instruments to electric guitars and keyboards as well as featuring traditional instruments from South America, the ensemble is provided with the intimacy of a small band and the colors of a full orchestra, allowing it to craft a unifying sound throughout the whole record that serves as the vehicle for the musical journey the album entails.
Featured on the recording are the talents of prodigious singers Marianella Rojas, from Venezuela and Lizje Sarria, from Colombia. Both renowned singers in their home countries lend their voices to bring to life the first single of the album, Onda (Wave), and the homonymous track, Orígenes y Destinos. They serve as a bridge between tradition and pop; instruments and vocals; musicians and audience as they infuse their talents into the vast soundscape performed by The Luis D’Elias Ensemble.
The album is currently available through online retailers iTunes, CdBaby, Amazon and Spotify. The first single, Onda, is available for streaming at www.luisdeliasensemble.com
Check out the first single from the album, ONDA featuring Lizje Sarria on the vocals, Josh Plotner on the saxophones, Stefano Melillo on violin and Sergio Maestre on maracas!
The Album is coming out soon! It will be available for sell through CDBaby, iTunes and others, as well as available for streaming in Spotify! Stay tuned for more!
Finally we are on the mastering phase, as well as working closely with the wondrous designer Lau Jimenez (check out her work at www.pawa.rocks). Soon We'll be sharing previews as well as announcing the first single! Stay tuned!
The Mixing is almost done! For a profile on the amazing Grammy Award winning engineer Dario Peñaloza, you should check his website at http://www.dariopenaloza.com/en/
Our debut production has a name! Originally coded as Rockamajazz, the CD will be baptized Origins/Destinations, and is to be listened precisely as a musical journey through Venezuelan music, and how it is transformed by contemporay musical influences! Stay tuned for the art, some previews and the release date!
We are super happy to announce that we got a nomination for the Venezuelan Pepsi Music Awards 2016, the most important music awards in the country, for our song Onda! Vote at www.premiospepsimusic.com following these directions!
1) Enter your email
2) On the home page select specific categories (categorías específicas)
3) On the left are the categories, scroll down (on categories) will see "World Music" (música del mundo)
4) Vote for Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year (Artista del Año y Canción del Año)
5) Click into general categories and vote for your favorite artists
6) Click Finish! (Bottom left)
We have a new YouTube Channel! Check out our videos and subscribe! Soon, we will be posting live recordings from our last concert, "The Grand Beginning"! Stay tuned!
Hola a todos!
In just 10 days you'll get to see our brand new cover, inspired on the world's favorite artist, Sting!
Stay tuned for some joropondanueva!
Contemporary South American Fusion
Right at the crossroads between Venezuelan folklore and contemporary music lays the soul of the Luis D’Elias Ensemble (LEDens for short). The New York based multi-cultural ensemble has dedicated its musical craft to developing a true blend of modern jazz harmonies, classical structures, rock and roll energy and Latin grooves, having South American and Venezuelan folklore as the melodic and rhythmic anchors of the ensemble’s repertoire. Founded in 2012 within the melting pot of Boston, the group is conformed by Venezuelan composer and guitarist Luis D’Elias; pianist and composer Evan Waaramaa; drummer and percussionist Brendan Pajak; and bassist P.J. Duffy, all hailing from the New England. The ensemble is also known to feature a wide range of guest musicians from around the world, being able to expand its color palette with horns, Latin percussion, strings and vocals. This blend of American and Venezuelan musicians is integral to the unique fusion of modern jazz, rock and pop idioms with folkloric South American rhythms.
Based on Luis D’Elias’ compositions, the music is defined as a new approach to Venezuelan music, where the folklore is more than a spice added to other styles on music. Classical structures serve the purpose of Joropo storytelling, while jazz harmonies provide the backdrop for Venezuelan Merengue-themed improvisations. Pop and Rock arrangements provide a new feel to the traditional Pajarillo and Onda Nueva, crafting in this manner music that is based on the history of Venezuelan folklore, using contemporary notions as the colors and spices that paint the ensemble’s music.
In Boston, the band has had the privilege to perform in many of the trademark venues of the city, such as Ryles Jazz Club, RegattaBar, the LilyPad, Café 939 and the Berklee Performance Center. In 2013 they recorded the song Oripoto for the Jazz Revelation Records release, Catalyst, as well as performed for the current MIT president, Venezuelan Rafael Reif, at an honoring ceremony at the Museum of Fine Arts. The ensemble has been a featured artist in the roster of the Berklee Summer in the City Series for the past 2 years and recently appeared in the Boston Green Fest in 2014. Currently, the band is based in New York as twork on the follow up album to their debut, “Origenes y Destinos” which showcases a musical journey through the different styles and traditions of Venezuelan music through the point of view of contemporary jazz, rock and classical music. This album features a wide range of sonorities, orchestrations, compositions and musical genres, all under the umbrella of what defines and is at the same time transformed by The LEDens’ craft: Venezuelan music. Most recently the band has been nominated for numerous awards that honor independent music, such as The Toronto Independent Music Awards, Hollywood Music in Media Awards, and the Pepsi Music Awards 2016 to take place in Venezuela.