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Edwin Sanz is a hugely versatile performer. With an aptitude for a variety of different music styles, Sanz is at ease in the percussion section and can play congas, timbales, bongo, drums, cajon and the djembe.

A talented and passionate artist, Sanz is constantly seeking to evolve as a performer and has been lucky enough to accompany world famous artists such as Rodrigo Y Gabriella.

Born in Caracas, Venezuala, Edwin Sanz is inspired by his highly creative family in Barlovento where Afro-Venezuelan culture thrives. Particularly inspired by his uncle Reinaldo Mijares, a professional dancer and choreographer, Sanz started his career as a dancer but joined the acclaimed band the Grupo Madera and began studying percussion.

Touring South America and Europe, and with many notable TV performances, the Grupo Madera continued to promote Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Venezuelan culture through dance, song and music.

Edwin Sanz spent twelve formative years travelling with Grupo Madera and, during this time, Sanz learnt the discipline needed for his future touring and creative career.

In 2000 Edwin Sanz decided to focus his creative output on music,  became a dedicated percussionist and moved to Europe. After a brief spell in Paris, France, Sanz now resides in Geneva, Switzerland.

Edwin Sanz continues to record, write and perform with many different artists and enjoys teaching pupils from around the world.

Having emerged from an incredibly creative environment, Edwin Sanz pays tribute to his influences and teachers through his own self titled project and regularly collaborates with the esteemed pianist Alex Wilson – one of the only Brits to be invited to Cuba to teach Latin music.

Together they launched 2016’s album ‘Overflow’ at Glastonbury 2014 and were subsequently voted the best Latin act at the UK's most famous festival. 

‘One of the best salsa releases of summer 2014 dropped worldwide on 16th June. “San Agustin” by percussionist Edwin Sanz is a true international salsa collaboration’ Djlubi

‘with a glinting smile ... the skill with which he integrates fizzing hi-hat patterns into the rapid fire shifts of tempo and subdivisions of his hand drumming makes many a jaw drop.’ - Kevin Le Gendre (Jazzwise) 


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Various artists Edwin has played with:

Adalberto Santiago - Africando - Alfredo de la Fe - Albita Rodriguez - Ahmed Fofana - Alex Wilson - Andy Montañez - Ardag - Rudra Ballet Béjart Lausanne - Batambo - Cheick Tidiane Seck - Cheo Feliciano - Daniel Santa Cruz - Dave Valentin - Deldongo - Donaldo Flores - Emir Ersoy - Franklin Morales - Franklin Veloz - Henri Guedon - Hope Project - Horacio El Negro - Jason Rebello - Jimmy Bosch - John Tempesta - José Alberto "El Canario" - Los Reyes "Gypsy Kings" - Madou Sidiki Diabaté -  Mali Latino - Mercadonegro - Orquesta Gali - Paul  Booth - Richie Ray y Bobby Cruz - Richie Flores - Rodrigo y Gabriela - Salsa New York All Stars - Solside -Tito Nieves -Tony Martinez Cuban Power - Willie Gonzalez - Zumbao 


New Orleans Jazz festival - New Orleans/USA, Montreux Jazz Festival – Montreux/Switzerland, North Sea Jazz Festival – Rotherdam/Netherlands, Paleo Festival - Nyon/Switzerland, April Jazz Festival - Helsinki/Finland, 

Latinoamericando – Milan/Italy, Festival Tempo Latino - Vic Fezensac/France,  Jazz Festival de Lyon – Lyon/France,Les Ardentes Festival - Liege/Belgium, Francofolies - La Rochelle/France, Ghent Jazz Festival - Ghent/Belgium, Théatres Romains de Fourvière - Lyon/France, Theatre Antique - Arles/France, Villa Arconati - Bollate/Italy,

Vielles Charrues - Carhaix/France, Das Festival -  Schaffhausen/Switzerland, Wilderness Festival - Cornbury/UK,Musicalure Festival - Luxey/France, Edinburgh Edge Festival - Edinburgh/UK, Chelmsford V Fest - Chelmsford/UK,Staffordshire V Fest - Staffordshire/UK, Vital Fest - Belfast/UK, Feria de Cali – Cali/Colombia, at this festival he received with the group "Zumbao" the price of the revelation of the year...


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