Berklee Beantown Jazz FestivalDiego Joaquin Ramirez and SULA
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Drawing influences from R&B, rock, electronic music, and their cultural roots, Diego Joaquin Ramirez and SULA deliver a fresh and uplifting take on groove-based improvisation.
Joaquin Ramirez, a New York City–based drummer, was born and raised in Cork, Ireland. He played his first gig on a drum set with his father’s band at age 4; by age 17, he was performing regularly around Ireland and Europe. He is a member of numerous groups, including Marc Cary & the Harlem Sessions; Wayne Tucker and the Bad Motha’s; and his own group SULA, an award-winning, six-piece electric/acoustic jazz group composed of some of New York City’s finest young musicians.
Since forming in 2016, the group’s sound continues to be inspired by its New York City experiences. SULA’s members are from the United States, Ireland, Israel, and Puerto Rico, and are alumni of Berklee College of Music, the Thelonious Monk Institute, and SUNY Purchase. SULA has performed and recorded with musicians such as Taylor Swift, Lila Downs, Vijay Iyer, Mike Stern, and Adam Cruz.