Currently living in between New York and Bogotá (Colombia), Juan Andrés Ospina is one of the most active and prominent exponents of a very outstanding generation of Colombian musicians. His wide range of musical projects make him hard to define: he might as well be producing and arranging, conducting his big band, touring as a sideman pianist, composing for film, or creating comedy content for the internet.
His latest album, Juan Andrés Ospina Big Band’s “Tramontana” (2018), features 26 musicians from 10 different countries, and among them is the 14-times Grammy awarded saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera. The album’s realization follows a successful, inventive Kickstarter campaign, which raised 35,000 dollars through the support of 600 backers from all over the world. Recently Juan was invited to conduct and perform his big band music with the legendary WDR Big Band (Cologne, Germany), and the album’s release concert will take place at Dizzy’s (New York) in October 2018.
He recently composed the music for the French/Colombian film “Kairós”, directed by Colombian director Nicolás Buenaventura. The film will be premiered during the Fall 2018.
His debut album as a leader BBB: Barcelona, Bogotá, Boston (Armored Records, 2009) was recorded in Boston with a selected fine group of emergent jazz musicians in New York, and the album was referred by the prestigious All About Jazz magazine as one of the “best jazz albums of the year”.