BIOGRAPHY

Claudia Medina is an experienced female saxophone player from Peru who has been playing saxophone since she was 13 years old. She studied classical music in the National Conservatory of Peru and received a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, where she is currently majoring in Jazz Composition and Performance. Back in Peru, Claudia was part of the Symphonic Band at the Conservatory of Peru, and represented Peru in the Peruvian Symphonic Band of Ricardo Palma in Ecuador in 2008. She also performed in the Festival of Cultures with the Peruvian big band Libop Jazz Orchestra in 2012 and toured in Argentina with the Peruvian salsa singer Willy Rivera. Claudia also played at important events such as the Jazz Port Townsend Workshop 2015 and did many concerts in Seattle with the saxophone player, member of the Seattle Women Jazz Orchestra and DIVAS big band, Cynthia Mullis.

 

Medina is the founder and leader of Claudia Medina's Peruvian Project, which offers a fusion of jazz, Peruvian and Afroperuvian music with latin american rhythms. For her dedication to the Peruvian Music in the USA, in 2016 she received an award from the Peruvian Consulate in Paterson, New Jersey. Claudia was also invited to the International Week Conference sponsored by the U.S. government and organized by the University of Peru in North Dakota in November 2017, where she exposed her experience as an international student and also offered a Master Class about Peruvian Music to the music students of the University. She also played with the recognized Peruvian singer Eva Ayllon at the B.B King Blues Club in New York in July 2017.

 

In addition, Claudia has participated in musical theater productions such as "Sweet Charity" (2014), "Musical 2015" (2015) and "Déjame Que Te Cuente," the first original Peruvian musical in honor of Chabuca Granda (2017,) for which she also recorded all saxophones and flute. Medina also performed with very important and recognized Peruvian musicians as grammy Winner Susana Baca, Oscar Stagnaro and Eva Ayllon, among others.

 

As an active musician, collaborator and ambassador of Peru, Claudia offered a master class called “Arranging for Horns” at the National Conservatory of Peru, where she had studied. She also produced a concert called “Homenaje al Peru,” playing with the Claudia Medina’s Peruvian Project and the winners of the International Competition of Afro-dance Esmeraldas – Ecuador, the Grupo Jiza and the founder of the first Afro-Peruvian orchestra, guitar player Santiago “Coco” Linares.

As a Berklee student, Claudia has arranged music for shows such as Ídolos Latinos, the biggest tribute to Latin Music Artists created at the college, and produced many songs, such as “Maria Presuntuosa” and “El Guaranguito," this last one featuring worldwide musicians from countries such as Palestine, Turkey, Taiwan, and Venezuela. Claudia has collaborated with many Berklee students, in addition to playing with Greg Phillinganes, keyboardist of Michael Jackson’s solo tours, in the last Master Class he offered at the Berklee College of Music on February 2018.

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