The Luis D’Elias Ensemble
Contemporary Venezuelan 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 traditional jazz idioms and 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.
With an extremely fortunate combination of talent, intelligence and exceptional
musical education, The Luis D’Elias Ensemble have created a true work of
- Andrei Cherascu, The Music and Myth