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Afro-Peruvian Jazz Project Set to Tour the U.S. this Spring

LOS ANGELES – Oscar Quilca Barcelli's Afro-Peruvian Jazz project will tour the U.S. this spring, he has announced.

The tour will include Boston, New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Miami and other cities beginning in March. A full list of dates and venues will be released later this month.

The band is known for its unique jazz fusion sound that blends African rhythms with Latin jazz led by Barcelli’s energetic drumming style that echoes his roots in jazz, rock, pop and rhythm and blues. The tour comes as the band is preparing to release its upcoming EP “Cachaça & Pisco," along with new singles this spring.

“The album’s name comes from the two most famous drinks from Brazil (Cachaça) and Peru (Pisco),” Barcelli said. “It will be a combination of music from Brazil, Peru and the U.S. I believe it will be a great success to combine the percussion from these two South American countries with the Jazz format (horns sections, drums, piano, bass). It will be a variety of original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards in Brazilian/Peruvian rhythms.”

Barcelli formed the band in 2017 after gaining fame as drummer for The Jazz Groove Big Band and then performing as a solo artist, releasing such hits as “Una Sola Fuerza,” “Mãe, cadê o açaí?” and others.

The Peru native found turned to music at a young age, performing live as a teenager before attending the Peruvian University for Applied Sciences and then Berklee College of Music in Boston where he graduated with a degree in musical performance.

Barcelli performed in various rock and jazz bands before joining The Jazz Groove Big Band where he made his mark with innovative drumming style and ability to connect with audiences. He later set out on his own, recording several solo singles and then establishing the Afro-Peruvian Jazz Project and working with such acclaimed Latin performers as Sofia Carson, Rosalía, Juan Luis Guerra, Alejandro Sanz, Sebastian Yatra, Jesse & Joy, Ozuna and many others.

Fresh from performing at the Latin Grammys in November, Barcelli aims to record new music and expose new audiences to his band’s unique sound.

“My mission is to take my music all over the world where people can be exposed to this fusion of music styles from Peru, Brazil and jazz that I am very proud of,” Barcelli said.

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