Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra is a 20-piece ensemble that specializes in Afro Peruvian music. The band combines elements of Jazz and traditional Peruvian rhythms which result in fresh sounds and creative new melodies.

APJO was created by Anibal Seminario and Lorenzo Ferrero, both Peruvian composers/woodwind players. The music performed by the band is both original material and original arrangements of traditional Peruvian tunes. Some of the traditional rhythms enveloped within the performances are Lando, Festejo, Marinera, Zamacueca, and many others..

On January 4th, 2018, the APJO was invited to perform at the Jazz Education Network Conference, one of the biggest Jazz conferences in the world.

In addition on May 5th, the APJO headlined and performed at El Camino College’s 5th annual Jazz Festival.

APJO recently debuted its first album, Tradiciones, advocating the marvelous culture and influential music of Peru. This debut album has captured the hearts of many around the world, resulting in their debut album receiving two Latin Grammy nominations.

Founders and Music Directors

Lorenzo and Anibal met in Lima, Peru while performing with the Peruvian National Youth Symphony Orchestra. Both classical clarinet players at the time, where immediate friends and started building a music relationship like no other.

Lorenzo later moved to Boston to study at Berklee School of Music, while Anibal moved to Los Angeles to study at the California State University of Long Beach. Once both concluded their studies, Lorenzo decided to move to Los Angeles, it is during this crucial time that both Anibal and Lorenzo knew exactly what to do. The idea of having an Afro Peruvian big band had always been lurking around and now in the city of Los Angeles, that idea has become a reality.

It is our pleasure to share with you “Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra”.

Anibal Seminario

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Lorenzo Ferrero

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A message from our Founders

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