Meet your TIMA nominees :: Luis D’Elias Ensemble

LuisDEliasEnsembleName: Luis D’Elias Ensemble

Nominated for: Best International

Members (if applicable): Luis D’Elias (guitar and compositions), Evan Waaramaa (piano and compositions), P.J. Duffy (bass), Brendan Pajak (drums)

Location: New York City


What was the first thing that came to mind when you learned you were nominated? After a shortage of breath, basically the first thing that came to mind was “It IS possible to do this thing we are doing!” And then “How awesome it is that Venezuelan Joropo is going to Canada in a couple of weeks!”

What will you do if you win? Definitely return to Canada and perform this music. Will do that either way though, since I love Canada.

Why should you win? This music (Venezuelan music) is something that I believe is truly unique and is worth sharing. One of our bandmates said that since Cuba and Brazil already had its day, it is the time for Venezuelan and other South American rhythms to take center stage.

If you weren’t nominated, who would you be rooting for? After getting this far, they all deserve to win. It’s such a challenge to kickstart an independent music project, so I’m really rooting for all to succeed.

Other comments? We are very grateful and happy for the labor that the people behind the TIMAs do. It’s tough world for music in general out there, and building these communities is definitely crucial in providing a platform for all the amazing art that so many people are investing their hearts in. It’s an honor to be part of this community for sure.

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