"Trio Paz embodies the essence of what is great about live music"
Trio Paz is an infectious musical mix of Flamenco Rumba, Latin, and Brazilian, intricately and virtuosically crafted into the perfect blend of delicious moods for your event. Whether you're planning the perfect romantic moment, a joyous festival celebration, or a sumptuous feast, Trio Paz adds an unparalleled latin flair. Trio Paz's experience, depth, professionalism, and sheer love for music translate into an unforgettably enjoyable experience for everyone.
"Guitarist Daniel Fríes provides the bands flawless rhythm, setting up fellow guitarist JP Boungiorno's impressive leads and sweet mellodies. All to the while, percussionist Surya Patri lays down masterful beats with a playful tempo that gets your feet moving and won't let them stop. Whether your dancing or watching, Trio Paz keeps it exciting and fun (If you're watching then I would like to see a note from your doctor). They have an engaging and lighthearted stage presence that embodies the essence of what is great about live music." -Chad Markell, a satisfied Groom.
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Daniel Fríes is one of the premier flamenco guitarists in California, both as an accompanist for flamenco song and dance, and as a soloist. He has performed with many world class and local flamenco artists as La Tania, Andrés Marín, Cristo Cortés, and Manuel Gutierrez, Caminos Flamencos, Carola Zertuche, Arte y Compás, and Carolina Lugo's Brisas de España, for which he has been musical director. While in Italy, he performed with two of the country's top dancers, Juana Cala, and Maria Jose Soto Leon in venues from Venice to Milan to Sicily. While his playing style remains grounded in the roots of the traditional Spanish flamenco, he also explores new directions in musical composition as well as blending of elements from the various musical traditions around which he grew up in San Francisco; Indian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and African. He has performed in venues ranging from San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, to venues in China and in India. He also directed the music for "Zambra Bailar," a company mixing flamenco with Middle Eastern music and belly dance. In 2002, he composed and directed the music for La Tania's ongoing project, "The Passage of The Muse." In 2003, Mr. Fríes took his band Funkiri to Sevilla, Spain. More recently, he has pursued collaborations with a wider range of musicians, including the outstanding persian singer Hamed Nikpay, with whom he produced Mr. Nikpay's 2008 release and subsequent tour "All is Calm." Mr. Fríes has studied in Spain with several flamenco guitar masters, including Manolo Sanlucar, Paco Peña, and Jose Luis Rodriguez. He has also studied Indian Classical music under Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and Ghanain drumming with C.K. Ladezkpo, and has B.A. in Music from U.C. Berkeley.
Jean-Paul Buongiorno was born on September 25th, 1975 into an Italian-French family. His musical training began with classical piano at an early age. He later taught himself electric guitar in high school by listening to the blues guitar playing of B.B King, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix and many others. Later, while attending Art School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he became influenced by Jazz, Brazilian, and world musicians such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Paco de Lucia,Tom Jobim, Baden Powell, Joao Gilberto, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Bob Marley, and many more.
Jean-Paul’s passion for music has led him through many genres including; blues, funk, reggae, Cuban, Brazilian, and flamenco all of which are reflected in his unique personal style of playing as well as in his compositions. He has lived and performed in Brazil, Spain and the U.S absorbing the music of each country. Jean-paul has studied with jazz guitarist Mimi fox, flamenco guitarists Daniel Fries and Juan del Gastor, Brazilian guitarist Paolo Bellinati, and many others.
Jean-paul currently lives in Berkeley California where he continues to perform, compose and teach.
Surya Patri is noted for his steady time and feel, clear phrasing and taste, sensitive touch and dynamics, flexibility and supporting ability, intensity and emotional fire. A versatile drummer, Micha has experience playing a diverse range of music styles.
Micha graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory(link) in 1999, where he apprenticed with jazz drummers Greg Bandy, Michael Carvin, Joe Morello, and Dennis Mackrel. He studied intensive music theory, history, performance, composition and arranging with composer and educator Dr. Wendell Logan.
Micha studied African diaspora drumming with percussionist Adetobi Greg Jackson and dancer Adenike Miriam Sharpley from 1994-1999 and performed with both. He studied classical snare drum withMichael Rosen and performed with the award-winning Oberlin Jazz Septet and Ensemble.
Micha has performed with musicians of note such as:
Trumpeters Clark Terry, Mike Mossman, Marcus Belgrave, Matt Schulman, and Greg Glassman; Bassists Jamil Nasser, Lamar Gaines, and John Evans; Pianists Harold Mabern, Muhal Richard Abrams, Neal Creque, and Dave Matthews; Saxophonists James Moody and Donald Walden; Flautist James Newton; Guitarists Bobby Ferrazza, John Schott, and Shelley Doty; and Vocalists Jane Monheit, Vanessa Rubin, Jacqui Naylor, Spencer Day and Pyeng Threadgill.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 30 - 180 minutes
Aqua de Bebe - Astrud Gilberto
Anabella - Trio Paz
Besame Mucho - Emilio Tuero
Berimbau - Astrud Gilberto
Black Orpheus - Luiz Bonfá, Tom Jobim
Bruca Manigua - Ibrahim Ferrer
Camino Primavera - Daniel Fríes
Caravan - Duke Ellington
Choro Pro Morro - Trio Paz
Corcovado - Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto
Due Face - JP Boungiorno
Esa Cosa - Trio Paz
Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar - Joâo Gilberto
Favela - Antônio Carlos Jobim
Fim do Verao - Trio Paz
Garota de Ipanema - Antônio Carlos Jobim
Insensatez - Antônio Carlos Jobim
Livre Esprito - Trio Paz
Morea - Gypsy Kings
! Ng'ombe Dume - Trio Paz
O Morro Nao Tem Vez - Antônio Carlos Jobim
Partida Rumba - Trio Paz
Passeggiata - Trio Paz
Recuerdos De La Alhambra - Andres Segovia
Red Rumba - Daniel Fríes
Round Midnight - Thelonious Monk
Rosita - Trio Paz
Samba Triste - Baden Powell
Samba de Orpheo - Luiz Bonfá
Sevilla Sunset - Daniel Fríes
So Danco Samba - Tom Jobim
Tangos Por Claudia - JP Buongiorno
A Felicidade - Tom Jobim
Vivo Sonhando - Antônio Carlos Jobim
Solea - Traditional Flamenco
Alegrías - Traditional Flamenco
Bulerías - Traditional Flamenco
Tarantas - Traditional Flamenco
Summertime - George Gershwin
Wave - Jobim
Camino De La Luna - Daniel Fries
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