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Juan Andrés Ospina

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”.

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“Listeners who studiously avoid all-original CDs need not fear getting mired in any private, self-satisfied noodling; rather, Tramontana features a solid, propulsive coherence, a blend of fire and heart, driven by international rhythms and flair.” Dr. Judith Schlesinger, All About Jazz (USA)

“Juan Andrés Ospina enriches music in incalculable ways. First there is his attractive way with melody, which he enriches with the kind of flirtatious rhythm that makes these melodies impossible to resist falling in love with. Then there is sense of “the delicious”, which, to one’s mind, is that certain something that makes some musicians like “master chefs” who can impart an almost tactile sense to musical harmony; something that makes one not only ‘feel’ their music, but almost “taste” its hidden delights.” Raul Da Gama, World Music Report (USA)

“Tramontana creates such a unique palette of sounds and feelings that I found myself dislodged from the big band rut and feeling like I discovered a new frontier in jazz

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

I have worked as a teacher in three different colleges in Bogotá, Colombia, teaching mainly Jazz Harmony, Ensembles and private piano lessons.

Clinic/Workshop Information

In my clinics I explain how I approach the art of arranging for different ensembles and situations. By decomposing the form and the way to treat each section I go with the students throughout the creative process, sharing with them the different problems and stages of it.

Discography

Tramontana

Tramontana

Self Produced
2018

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Tramontana

Tramontana

Juan Andrés Ospina
Tramontana

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Juan Andrés Ospina
BBB: Barcelona, Bogota, Boston

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Juan Andrés Ospina
BBB: Barcelona, Bogota, Boston

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