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A HANKERING for a pisco sour led Daniel Sus­n­jar (pic­tured) to find his life’s pur­pose in a New York club.

While study­ing mu­sic at the Univer­sity of Mi­ami in 2010, he made a brief visit to the Big Ap­ple where he dis­cov­ered Afro-Peru­vian jazz and set the course of his cel­e­brated drum­ming ca­reer.

“A friend said: ‘Why don’t we go out to this Afro-Peru­vian jazz club that has this re­ally nice drink called a pisco sour, a fa­mous Peru­vian cock­tail’,” the Dianella muso and WAAPA teacher said.

“I didn’t know what Afro-Peru­vian jazz was at that time, so we went to the club and a friend of his was play­ing and we had a drink and hung out and then an­other band played called the Gabriel Ale­gría Afro-Peru­vian Sex­tet. That band blew my mind and it has changed my life.”

Sus­n­jar in­tro­duced him­self to Ale­gría and asked for some charts or record­ings so he could learn the mu­sic.

“I started learn­ing the mu­sic, just out of the sheer love of what I heard, and then a few months later I took an­other visit to NY and called Ale­gria as I wanted to see him play again,” Sus­n­jar said.

“And he said: ‘Our drum­mer is sick and can’t make the gig – you know the mu­sic, could you play?’.

“I said: ‘Yeah, sure’ – and that was my in­duc­tion into Afro Peru­vian jazz per­for­mance.” WHAT:

Live Spark al­bum launch

WHERE: Elling­ton Jazz Club

WHEN: April 12

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