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Eric Kurimski: Bio

     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 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.)  Carlos became Eric's professor/ mentor and has proved to be very important to his musical career.

     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.  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.

     Eric's debut release "Réplica" (Lima Limon Records) recorded in Peru, was voted Best Album of 2008 at Latin Jazz Corner.  It features Grammy award winning percussionist Juan Medrano Cotito (Susana Baca Group), bassist Edward Perez (Mark Murphy, Hector Martignon and Jane Bunnett) as well as some of Peru's finest Afro Peruvian musicians; Sergio Valdeos (Susana Baca Group,) Yuri Juarez (Gabriel Alegrias Afro Peruvian Jazz Ensemble,) Charo Goyoneche (Teatro del Milenio) and the unequaled maestro Carlos Hayre. This ground breaking recording mixes traditional Afro Peruvian Music with modern Jazz.