Laura Andrea Leguia, saxophones
Laura Andrea Leguia began her musical studies in Lima. During her time at the National Conservatory of Music, she studied with the great Peruvian saxophonists Carlos Espinoza and Rafael " Fusa " Miranda. Then she left for California where he studied jazz at the University of Southern California. As saxophonist Laura Andrea has performed in Peru, United States, Europe and Canada with Maria Schneider, Ingrid Jensen, Alex Acuña, Eva Ayllon, Arturo O'Farrill, and the sextet of Gabriel Alegria in which participates as a saxophonist and composer .
"Saxo Criollo", her first solo album, emphasizes songwriting in Criollo style with more typical jazz harmonies. Her melodies invoke a vocal quality, and although only one of the compositions is sung in the album (titled Eva- Eva Ayllon and interpreted by Leguía), most of the songs have lyrical content. In May 2012, Laura Andrea Leguía obtained a Masters degree in Jazz Composition at New York University, where she studied composition with renowned masters as Gil Goldstein and Kenny Werner. She currently serves as saxophonist and composer in New York and Lima. In February of this year she will be making her debut as a composer of Big Band at Symphony Space, with the renowed Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra directed Arturo O'Farrill .