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Anibal Cruz

Cuban pianist, composer, and arranger Anibal Cruz has been honing his craft from the young age of 8 years old. Originally a classical musician, Cruz began blending his Afrocuban jazz influences like Chuco Valdez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Tony Perez with jazz icons like Keith Jarret, Herbie Hancock, and Wynton Kelly.

After graduating from the Conservatory Jose White in Camaguey, and the University of Arts (ISA) in Havana, Cruz performed for two years before receiving a scholarship to Berklee in Boston in 2013. His presence in the Latin Music industry across New England is partially due to leading Clave & Blues and The Blue Island Project, as well as touring with Latin artist Manolo Mairena, world jazz group DeJan, and performing music arranged by Musical Director and Paco De Lucia’s bassist Alain Pérez with Cucú Diamentes. Cruz has participated in masterclasses with legends including John Patitucci, Victor Wooten, Stephany Tiernan, and Oscar Stagnaro. Some of Cruz’s latest recordings include “Coffe Gold Sugar Cane” by Flavio Lira, “Desde Lejos” by Juan Ruiz and an appearance on “Illegal Grooves” by composer Nacho Gonzales alongside John Patitucci, George Garzone, Hugo Fattoruso and Nando Michelin

Pera Krstajic - Kaymak (Berklee Studio Recording)
Berklee College of Music

Pera Krstajic - Kaymak (Berklee Studio Recording)

Pera Krstajic performs his original "Kaymak" at Berklee College of Music. Pera Krstajic: Site: Instagram: Berklee: Subscribe: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Site: Learn more about Berklee College of Music’s Contemporary Writing and Production program: Call or email Berklee’s Office of Admissions today for more information: 1-800-BERKLEE (US) 1-617-747-2222 (international callers) Bass: Pera Krstajic Drums: Tito Pascoal Guitar: Gilad Barakan Keys, piano: Justin Salisbury Keys: Anibal Cruz Voice: Tamara Jokic Recorded in Berklee's Bridge Studio Recording engineer: Jose Moreno Mixing engineer: Gonzalo Perez Mastering engineer: Boris Krstajic Video Camera: Kevin Greene, Lysa Hetrick, Audrey H, Jeannie Greeley Lighting: Kevin Greene Edit: Audrey H About Berklee College of Music: Berklee is the preeminent institute of contemporary music and the performing arts, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs at its campuses in Boston, Massachusetts and Valencia, Spain, and through its award-winning distance learning program, Berklee Online. Dedicated to nurturing the creative and career potential of the world’s most inspired artists, Berklee’s commitment to arts education is reflected in the work of its students, faculty, and alumni—hundreds of whom have been recognized with Grammy, Tony, Oscar, and Emmy Awards. At Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee, students explore interdisciplinary approaches to music, dance, theater, film, business, healthcare, education, technology, and more. Our pioneering youth programs reach underserved classrooms throughout the U.S. and beyond. With students and alumni from more than 100 nations and educational partners across the world, we are forging new connections among art forms, musical traditions, and technologies to build a dynamic, diverse, and collaborative global arts community. Learn more at Berklee College of Music | Synth | Drums | Electronic | Live Music | Atmospheric | New Age
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