Ángela Varo is an Andalusian violinist, educator, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, arranger, producer and composer from Baena, Córdoba. She grew up in a very musical family, between opera and flamenco, so music and the fusion of cultures has always been her main way of expression. She specializes in the fusion of jazz and flamenco violin, among other styles. She performs flamenco versions of women's compositions with the flamenco guitarist Antonio Contiñez. Varo is part of the Grammy Award-nominated Global Jazz Messengers, led by Danilo Pérez..
In 2019, she was admitted to the Berklee College of Music, where she was awarded a full scholarship. Varo specialized in contemporary writing and production and jazz performance, with a minor in jazz composition. She was trained in classical violin under violinists Domingo Escobar, Antonio Fernandez and Michael Thomas, among others. In January 2019, she was the first Andalusian musician to be admitted to the prestigious Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, led by Grammy-winning drummer and songwriter Terri Lyne Carrington.
In summer 2022, Varo graduated from Berklee College of Music. In September 2022, she began the master’s program of the Global Jazz Institute, with a full scholarship to study under Grammy winner Danilo Pérez.
At the same time, she is a student of renowned educators such as pianist-composer Kris Davis, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Ambrose Akimusire, Helen Sung, Tia Fuller, Linda Oh, Camille Thurmann, Nicholas Payton, Román Diaz, Kurt Elling, Gary Bartz, Dave Liebman, Dianne Reeves, Val Jeanty and Ben Street. Other mentors include Marco Pignataro, managing director of the Global Jazz Institute; Danilo Pérez, artistic director of the Global Jazz Institute, and Aja Burrell-Wood, managing director of the Jazz and Gender Justice Institute, and Terri Lyne Carrington, artistic director the Jazz and Gender Justice Institute.
Varo has performed tour concerts in Sweden, Italy, Panama, Romania, Malta, Spain, United Arab Emirates and the United States. She collaborates with artists such as Javier Ojeda from Danza Invisible, Javier Limon and the production company Casita Limón, renowned flamenco guitarist Antonio Contiñez and Italian drummer Francesca Remigi, among others.
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