Eric Kurimski is New York's most sought-after guitarist for Afro-Peruvian music. He holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in jazz from SUNY Purchase and the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York, respectively. In 2002 he began intense studies of Afro-Peruvian rhythms with the esteemed guitarist and maestro Carlos Hayre. Hayre has influenced and modernized the advancement of Afro-Peruvian music from the 1940s through the present day. He became Kurimski's professor/mentor and has proved to be very important to his musical career.
Now, fusing his knowledge of jazz with rhythms of Peru and Latin America, Kurimski has dedicated himself to defining a new sound integrating the Peruvian cajon (box) as the principal percussion instrument in a jazz setting. He has performed in renowned venues throughout the United States, including Blue Note, Lincoln Center, Jazz Gallery, BAM, SOB’s, Jazz Bakery, Joe’s Pub, and Regatta Bar. He has also performed internationally in Europe, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, Ecuador, and Puerto Rico. Most recently he is part of the touring band for Afro-Peruvian singing legend Eva Ayllon. He has shared the stage or recorded with Joan Baez, Marc Ribot, Oscar Stagnaro, Tania Libertad, John Benitez, Carlos Hayre, Aquiles Baez, Edward Perez, Sofia Rei Koutsovitis, Manuel Donayre, William Luna, Piero, and Guadalupe Pineda. He has been featured in various publications including Guitar Player Magazine, All About Jazz, World Music Central, and Latin Jazz Network.
Kurimski's debut release, Réplica (Lima Limon Records), recorded in Peru, was voted Best Album of 2008 at Latin Jazz Corner. It features Grammy Award–winning percussionist Juan Medrano Cotito (Susana Baca Group), bassist Edward Perez (Mark Murphy, Hector Martignon, and Jane Bunnett), as well as some of Peru's finest Afro-Peruvian musicians; Sergio Valdeos (Susana Baca Group), Yuri Juarez (Gabriel Alegrias Afro Peruvian Jazz Ensemble), Charo Goyoneche (Teatro del Milenio), and the unequaled maestro Carlos Hayre. This groundbreaking recording mixes traditional Afro-Peruvian Music with modern jazz.
Featuring Sofia Rei, vocals; Paulo Stagnaro, cajon Peruano and percussion; and Oscar Stagnaro, bass.