DIEGO RAMIREZ

DIEGO RAMIREZ

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Diego Ramirez

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Jazz Runnerup - UK Songwriting Contest – Simon Cowell

Diego Ramirez has been named Runnerup in Simon Cowell's UK Songwriting Competition, for his original song, Andrea. He received a score of 9, second only to the Winner in the Jazz Competition. Over 6,000 entries were received overall in this Competition.

Congratulations!

We are writing to tell you that you have been selected as a Runner Up in the 2008 UK Songwriting Contest.


But first, a surprise....spectacular – Flavor of (PDX Jazz) Festival, February 18, 2007

The solo piano set offered up by Diego Ramirez was spectacular, and lived up to all of Herr Director's hype...
His pianistic brilliance and staggering creative energy was a joy to behold. He presented tunes by Monk and Herbie Hancock, a couple of standards (including a brief tear through "On A Clear Day..." as an encore) plus a number of original compositions, one for each of his two daughters, one for a former girlfriend, and most memorably a fantastic work-in-progress depicting three eras in Mexican cultural history, making use of traditional Mayan music, in addition to Spanish and contemporary elements.”

Impeccable Technique – All About Jazz online, by John Kelman, Feb.25, 2007

Diego Ramirez "demonstrated impeccable technique, a broad emotional and dynamic range, and an understanding of the jazz tradition.” In reference to Diego Ramirez's composition "Eras",
“From its tumultuous beginning to the more lamenting finish, it best demonstrated Ramirez’s ability to traverse considerable territory, from a delicate touch to great power.”

Pianist Diego Ramirez Mesmerized the Audience – Jazz USA online February 2007

“Solo Pianist Diego Ramirez, in the country from Cabo, played his U.S. debut and simply mesmerized the audience. His skill and composing abilities are exciting and extraordinary, and full of passion. You'll be hearing a lot more from this young man.”

Your newly released CD, "JAZZONIA", September 26, 2010 – Jeff Williams, Kari-On Productions, L.L.C.

"JAZZONIA contains great unique compositions and arrangements; I really enjoyed the various techniques you explore with your music and on the piano. In "Hallucinations," I really enjoyed the playing; excellent feel, very nice phrasing of your solo lines, interesting arrangement, great piano sound and voicings, and the music is swinging and creative."

Your newly released CD, "JAZZONIA", September 26, 2010 – Jeff Williams, Kari-On Productions, L.L.C.

"JAZZONIA contains great unique compositions and arrangements; I really enjoyed the various techniques you explore with your music and on the piano. In "Hallucinations," I really enjoyed the playing; excellent feel, very nice phrasing of your solo lines, interesting arrangement, great piano sound and voicings, and the music is swinging and creative."

Diego Ramirez – Destino Los Cabos Fall 2005

If you have not heard of this first artist, DIEGO RAMIREZ, you are in for a real treat and it is a musical must for your visit. Locally the Diego Ramirez Trio plays cool jazz. But stepping back in Mexican time to Mayan culture, this Mexican pianist and composer, Diego Ramirez is exploring an exciting new sound with his original compositions and recordings of Mayan ethnic jazz. A new CD will be released in the fall entitled “El Ultimo Chilam-Balam”, or “The Last Chilam-Balam (priest)”. We had the privilege of previewing the sound and it can only be described as grand, symphonic, beautiful, innovative and a true mixture of old Mayan music with modern jazz, a very exciting, original and ambitious project. The uncle of Diego’s wife spent thirty years living in the jungle with the Mayans, studying and participating in their culture, carving many beautiful musical Mayan instruments such as the tunkul and huehuetls, both percussion instruments. Diego incorporates these instruments and other Mayan sounds, such as the conch shell, in this new recording by the Diego Ramirez Trio.

"Homage to Pat Metheny" & "Dust Storm" to Receive Airplay – Uptown Jazz

The following link will lead you to The Uptown Jazz Network, which will begin playing two compositions composed by Diego Ramirez, "Homage to Pat Metheny" and "Dust Storm". The songs were performed and recorded by Diego Ramirez and Luciano Callado, for the CD, "Originally Yours". So check it out: http://geocities.com/uptownjazznet.

A Remarkable Young Pianist – Portland Jazz Festival Artist Bios 2007

“A remarkable young pianist…..His performance not only overwhelmed the audience, but Ms. (Regina) Carter invited him to join her on stage for an impromptu duet which turned into a late night jam session.”

Radio Feature of Diego Ramirez and – The Key of Gee Jazz Break & The Jazz Room

The Key of Gee Jazz Break in Detroit, Michigan, in the new music section at the University of Detroit, is featuring Diego Ramirez's award winning CD, "El Ultimo Chilam Balam." ( 91.9 FM radio at the University, the show streams online www.udmercy.edu/cstradio, broadcasting Tuesday’s and Thursday’s 9am to noon.

"The Jazz Room", a half hour
Internet Radio program airing on Cyberstationusa.com, will feature Mexican pianist and composer Diego Ramirez, and the song "Pa'ax", one of several originals songs composed by Diego Ramirez for his recent CD "El Ultimo Chilam-Balam", songs he calls "Mayan Jazz". Pa'ax is performed by Diego on piano and Luciano Callado on drums. The program broadcasts on Mondays from 7:00-7:30PM. Link:
http://www.cyberstationusa.com.
(Click on the tab "The Shows". )
Each show brings something new....an interview with an independent artist, or a spotlight featuring the music of one of the Jazz Legends or a live Jam session.



Portland's festival filled with fantastic concerts – Paul de Barros, Seattle Times, Entertainment & The Arts

"The festival introduced another new face in pianist Diego Ramirez, a...virtuoso from Mexico who opened Allen's set with tempestuous improvisations driven by Mexican rhythms."

Exciting Young Jazz Pianist and Composer – Vibrato Grill Jazz

"Diego Ramirez is an exciting young jazz pianist and composer from Mexico. His latest CD, “The Last Chilam-Balam” is a style he calls Mayan jazz, which incorporates sounds from his heritage."

Portland's festival filled with fantastic concerts – Paul de Barros, Seattle Times, Entertainment & The Arts

"The festival introduced another new face in pianist Diego Ramirez, a...virtuoso from Mexico who opened Allen's set with tempestuous improvisations driven by Mexican rhythms."