Turiya Mareya

Turiya Mareya

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN

Turiya Mareya Latin Jazz World Jazz Original Jazz


Turiya began studying Jazz at 15 years of age. She was Originally mentored by San Diego Jazz legend Daniel Jackson, Mareya followed his example by becoming proficient on both piano and reeds and focusing on playing her original compositions. She continued her work in New York, studying at the Creative School of Music. Later she toured Mexico with the Taumbu International Ensemble. All of those experiences help mold her unique approach based on World Music influences and drawing on the trance inducing and spirit calling focus of African and Indigenous approaches to music. She honed her abilities in Latin Jazz heading the Kokopelli Latin Jazz Ensemble where she had the privilege to work with drummer Skip Howlett known for his work with Mongo Santamaria and Tito Puente, as well as Cuban Bassist Ignacio Arango. For 6 years the group held a Sunday nightspot at Croce's Jazz Bar in San Diego and performed at Jazz Festivals opening for artists such as Arturo Sandoval, David Murray, Eddie Palmieri, Poncho Sanchez and Jane Bunnet. She has performed at Venues and Festivals in Madrid, Havana, Toronoto, Vacouver, Juneau, Vera Cruz, Mexico City, Tijuana and San Diego.


Recordings: Turiya Mareya and The Kokopelli Latin Jazz Ensemble

From 1998 to 2002 The Kokopelli Latin Jazz Ensemble was one of the most creative and popular groups in Southern California. KOKOPELLI performed for 6 years at Croce's Jazz Bar in the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. Festival appearances include: The Big Sur Jazz Festival, The Idyllwild Jazz Festival, and The Calle Diez Latin Festival. They have opened up for Eddie Palmieri, Pancho Sanchez, Arturo Sandoval, Jane Bunnet and The Spirits of Havana. The group became inactive in 2004 when drummer Skip Howlett became very ill and subsequently pianist Turiya Mareya moved to Europe. This CD documents the group at the height of their creativity and power.
“La Luz Eterna” features original music by Turiya Mareya and one track composed by her mentor and teacher Daniel Jackson. It was recorded live at San Diego City College in 2002 as part of their “Jazz Live” weekly series. This is the legendary group at it’s finest and is the first of a series of 3 CD’s documenting the groups spiritual, powerful and healing music.

Available on CD Baby, Tower Records, MP3.com

Set List

Soul Eyes
Tin Tin Deo
Como Fue
Nica's Dream
Night in Tunisia
Giant Steps