Ariacne Trujilo was born in
Havana on March 11, 1981.
At the age of four, Trujilo began singing and
playing the piano. She studied music at the
elementary and middle school levels, and performed
concerts as a solo pianist accompanied by the
Symphony Orchestra of Matanzas and Santiago de Cuba.
During her career as a young
concert pianist and composer, she won several
accolades and awards for mastery in international
and national competitions:
Juveniles" Belgium (11-years-old) Zenegalia Italy
(14-years-old) Latin American Competition (15
years old) Master Award from the United Arab
Emirates (16-years-old), etc.
Trujillo was invited to tour in the United States by
the Chamber Music Society of America and Bard
University in New York. In 2000, she joined the show
at the Cabaret Tropicana de Cuba as a pianist and
performed as a solo vocalist and dancer the
following year. That same year, she performed
classical concerts in four cities in Colombia,
graduated from The Instituto Superior de Artes de la
Habana Cuba, and was selected for a residency
fellowship in Musical Composition at the Virginia
Center for the Creative Arts, USA.
arrival in the United States, Trujillo has performed
with Louis Enrrique, La India, and Oscar D Leon. She
has worked with Paquito D Rivera (Carnegie Hall
2007); the "Afrocubanas Parties "(Lincoln Center
2008); Johnny Pacheco (2008); Paul Simon ("Song of
the Capeman" Brooklyn Academy of Music,2008); Paul
Simon ( the re-opening of The Beacon Theater, 2009);
and John Scofield (Katonah Museum of Art, 2010).
Trujillo has been showcased
at The Salsa Congress in Bermuda and Singapore. She
is also the pianist and musical director of the
Orquesta Cubana de Timba "La Bola," which has
performed at S.O.B.s, Drom, Iguana, and Crash
Mansion in New York City; and Club Anton in Oakland,
Trujillo met Pedrito
Martinez in 2004 when they were playing in different
bands together in and around NYC. They soon realized
that their voices clicked in a very unique way.
In 2005, Martinez called
Trujillo to be part of his group "Iboru" that would
be playing regularly at a Cuban restaurant in
midtown Manhattan - then called Azucar. It was
eventually renamed "Guantanamera."
The experience of being in
Pedro Martinez's group has been very important for
Trujillo. She says "I feel like a fish in the water.
The music flows so naturally between us. I think
this has to do with the energy, and not just musicl,
but personal energy. I'm so happy when I'm on stage
with the group. Pedrito, Alvaro and Jhair are not
just amazing musicians but wonderful friends as
well. Everyone has their time to shine, and express
themselves but we are a great team and have a strong
connection through our music."
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