El Trío

The Trio: Soulful Latin folklore, pop, jazz – rancheras, boleros, bossas, cumbias and more, in undefinable original styles that only wish to convey messages to the heart. Claudia on vocals, jarana and percussive dance, plus the infinitely talented Eric Kurimski and Felipe Fournier make this musical project fly: whether it be to laugh, cry or anything in between, you will feel something undeniably beautiful.

Eric Kurimski (guitar)

Eric Kurimski is New York’s most sought-after guitarist for Afro Peruvian music. In 2002, after years of studying and performing Jazz, he began intense research of Afro Peruvian rhythms with his professor and mentor, the esteemed guitarist, the maestro Carlos Hayre (Carlos has influenced and modernized the advancement of Afro-Peruvian music from the 1940’s through the present day).

He has performed in renowned venues throughout the Unites States including, Blue Note, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Jazz Gallery, BAM, SOB’s, Jazz Bakery, and Regatta Bar. He has also perfromed internationally in Europe, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, Ecuador and Puerto Rico. He has shared the stage or recorded with Joan Baez, Eva Ayllon, Marc Ribot, Oscar Stagnaro, Tania Libertad, Piero, Guadalupe Pineda, John Benitez, Carlos Hayre, Aquiles Baez, Edward Perez, Sofia Rei Koutsovitis, Manuel Donayre, Mariela Valencia and Magda Giannikou. He has been featured in various publications including Guitar Player Magazine, All About Jazz, World Music Central, and Latin Jazz Network.

Now, fusing his knowledge of Jazz with rhythms of Peru and Latin America, Eric has dedicated himself to defining a new sound integrating the Peruvian Cajon (box) as the principal percussion instrument in a Jazz setting. The spectacular playing and skillful blend of acoustic and electric tones bring authority to this brilliant co-mingling of (jazz and Afro Peruvian) traditions that are, after all, rooted in the same musical heritage.

Felipe Fournier (percussion)

2017 Latin Grammy award winner Felipe Fournier is a percussionist and vibes player from Costa Rica who plays with Ruben Blades and classic salsa outfit Our Latin Thing. He has assembled a group of musicians who have collectively played with some of the greatest Latin musicians – Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colon as well as the late Tito Puente himself to form SUPERMAMBO! A Vibes Tribute to TITO PUENTE.

A graduate of the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and the National University of Costa Rica Medal for best student in the Department of Jazz and Caribbean Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico in 2010.

He has played with Eddie Gomez Trio, Charlie Sepulveda, Nestor Torres, Cheo Feliciano, Danilo Perez Panama Big Band, Oscar Stagnaro, Carli Muñoz, IAJE Latin American ALl Stars Ensemble, Editus, Son of Tikizia, Philharmonic Orchestra of Puerto Rico, Philharmonic Orchestra of Costa Rica.

© 2017, Claudia Valentina/Jarana Records