Music Composer, Arranger, Producer and Pianist
Josu Ortiz is a composer and pianist from Caracas, Venezuela. His musical education began at the age of 5 singing in the school choir. By the age of 9 he was receiving private instruction in music and cuatro and enrolled at the Juan Jose Landaeta Conservatory of Music to study piano and musical theory, where he remained for five years. He also played with the Conservatory Estudiantina, with whom he recorded the album of the Conservatory Choir.
After graduating from high school, he went on to his Associates Degree in Audio Engineering at Taller de Arte Sonoro and studied jazz harmony and piano under the tutelage of Gerry Weil, graduating from the Taller de Jazz Caracas in Jazz Piano Performance. After falling for the music production process, he decided to study at Berklee College of Music a Dual Major Degree in Composition and Contemporary Writing and Production.
Josu founded his Latin Jazz Band in 2015, and he recorded an album that was released on May, 2017, called Black and White Steps, were he combined Venezuelan traditional grooves like, Onda Nueva and Merengue Caraqueño, with rhythms from Cuba, like Songo and Bembé. He also CoFounded Venezuelan Project, that has become an important band in the Boston music scene. With this band, he has played at Scullers Jazz Club and House of Blues. They have also been featured at important events like Berklee Fund Raising Gala and the Beantown Jazz Festival.