Yuri Juárez (Lima-Peru 1973), guitarist, arranger and composer, began his career in 1996. He currently resides in New York City.
His musical training ranges from formal studies with the Afro-Peruvian masters of the guitar Pepe Torres, Alvaro Lagos and Jorge Madueño and more “street” experience in Afro-Peruvian peñas.
He has shared the stage and recorded with musicians like Eva Ayllón, Susana Baca, Arturo O’Farrill, Chaqueta Piaggio y Mariella Valencia, and iconic Peruvian composers such as Kiri Escobar and Javier Lazo.
In November of 2008 Yuri released his first album. Afroperuano with its own repertoire and important composers Chabuca Granda, Carlos Hayre and Chucho Valdes, achieving great success in domestic and international criticism. In December of 2009 gets the Latin Jazz Corner Awards in the categories of Best Afroperuvian Jazz Album and Best Latin Jazz Guitarist debut for his “Afroperuano”.
In 2012 Yuri launched a new album project, a collaboration with Argentinean singer Sofía Tosello entitled Tangolandó, exploring a refreshing fusion that connects musical styles such as tango, milonga, lando, festejo, waltz all in one unique and innovative sound.
“Yuri Juarez has a unique “vocal” style of playing. He spits and rolls out his notes as if he were employing tongue and lips and palette as well as fingers and thumbs on both hands” – Raul Da Gama, Latin Jazz Network
“Juarez bravely pushes Afro-Peruvian Jazz through several stylistic directions helping carve new directions for this still young branch of Latin Jazz.” – Chip Boaz, Latin Jazz Corner
“When Yuri Juárez plays a guitar, his touch is so full of soul and his expression and technique so sensual that his playing is reminiscent of a Don Juan caressing every nook and cranny of a woman’s body.” – Raul de Gama, Latin Jazz Network
Yuri Juárez on guitars
Edward Perez, Bass
Renato Diz on keyboards
Hector Morales on cajon
Shirazette Tinnin on drums
Special guest Sofia Tosello on vocals
Yuri Juárez Afroperuano Group at Terraza 7 Friday December 5TH 2014 at 10:30 pm
$7 cover for mezzanine.