Mauricio Velasierra

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MAURICIO VELASIERRA is one of the worlds’ most consummate players of traditional Andean flutes. Probably the only musician in the world to be able to play the kena as a fully chromatic instrument, this has allowed him to develop a truly original musical language. With influences ranging from African music to jazz, his compositions are a rich mixture of largely unexplored Andean rhythms combined with contemporary melodies and harmonies. Mauricio has created his own system to play in all keys and quarter tones; allowing for the melancholic sounds of an ancient culture to combine with contemporary jazz styles, Asian sounds, and a rich mixture of Afro-Andean grooves. His music has a distinct identity with a strong personal narrative, giving his compositions vibrancy and a strange familiarity. His band combines musicians from all over the world, coming from very different musical styles.

http://www.mvelasierra.com/

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