Eliel Lazo

Danish Music Award 2011 winner, for the best album of the year, in the category of world music, with his Cd  »Eliel Lazo el conguero ».

Eliel Lazo is one of the most unique percussionist performing today. The conga-player, EL CONGUERO, distills the essence of Afro- Cuban music, and Eliel Lazos carries on the tradition with immense originality and virtuosity. He began playing at an early age, egged on by his enthusiastic family. He studied at Oscar Valdes’ school of percussion (singer and per- cussionist, ex-Grupo Irakere musician).

In 2003, at the age of 19, Eliel won the prestigious Percuba International Percussion Prize. Soon he was in demand everywhere, and many Cuban as well as international artists have utilized Lazo’s talent: Chucho Valdes, Changuito, Tata Guines, Herbie Hancock, Bob Mintzer, Wayne Shorter, Oscar Valdes, Carlos del Puerto, Brian Blade, Dianne Reeves, John Pattitucci, Airto Moreira, Dave Holland and many others.

He has played with the popular Cuban bands Diakara and Habana Ensemble, and in Denmark he has worked with the Danish Radio Big Band, Savage Rose, Blanco Y Negro and Mikkel Nordsø Band.

Many of the numerous excellent Danish musicians Lazo has played with have paid back the favor by performing on this wonder- ful, vital and optimistic record.

by: Birger Thørgersen, Stunt records