Ariel & Juana is an acoustic collaborative project between double bass player Ariel Zamonsky and vocalist Juana Pires Rafael.
As a starting point for this project, the aim was to explore the musical connection between Africa and South America. Being two Argentinians living abroad, they both felt the necessity to acknowledge their musical heritage and fusion it with the musical influences they've been exposed to throughout their careers, building a personal and relevant sound.
These studies, that later inspired their own compositions -some of them on Zamonsky´s debut album “Between Two Worlds" * - have now, three years later, driven the duo into a new and characteristic sound that succeeds in translating their musical identity.
Their repertoire includes as well as their own compositions, original arrangements on jazz standards and south American traditional and popular music.
Collaborating actively with the artistic community, they often feature musicians from diverse backgrounds (jazz, indigenous, etc), developing into larger ensembles to explore vast musical possibilities, reach out to diverse audiences and stages.
* granted with the support of the Argentinean ministry of culture