About The Record
The music of Orígenes y Destinos depicts composer Luis D’Elias’ vision for the evolution of joropo and merengue, staples of traditional Venezuelan rhythms. At the hands of a band where most of the members are not from Venezuela, the music captures a dimension that brings fresh air to traditional rhythms and fresh grooves to jazz and rock, thus weaving a soundscape bound together by the sheer musicality of the band.
With orchestrations that range from orchestral and acoustic instruments to electric guitars and keyboards as well as featuring traditional instruments from South America, the ensemble is provided with the intimacy of a small band and the colors of a full orchestra, allowing it to craft a unifying sound throughout the whole record that serves as the vehicle for the musical journey the album entails.
About Luis D’Elias
Luis D’Elias is a Venezuelan composer, arranger and guitarist, leader of the band, LEDensemble, which is dedicated to the modern fusion of south american elements with pop, jazz, rock and classical music. In 2010 he became one of the first to complete the Jazz Studies program the Taller de Jazz Caracas, under the tutelage of Oscar Fanega, and later went on to study composition and production at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, earning a Summa Cum Laude diploma in Music. During his years in Boston, he had the chance to work with artists like Alejandro Sanz, Marcos Valle and A.R. Rahman, participating in concerts in venues like the Agganis Arena, Symphony Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 2012 he founded his band, LEDensemble (previously known as The Luis D’Elias Ensemble), with whom he released his first album titled Origenes y Destinos, which garnered recognition in the form of nominations for the Toronto Independent Music Awards and the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. The album was also short-listed among 2 other Venezuelan artists for the 2015 Grammy Awards. Currently he prepares the production of LEDensemble’s second production, while also working as a sound designer, film composer and arranger in the city of New York.