Band/Artist Name: Cristian Perez

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Band Members: Cristian Perez (guitar), Yana Hristova (flute), Emmanuel Trifilio (bandoneon), Daniel Brown (bass), Joe McCarthy (drums)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Northern Virginia

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: I moved to this area in 2002 listening mostly to punk rock bands like the Ramones, and some instrumental metal like Jason Becker and Yngwie Malmsteen until I started guitar lessons at the levine school with Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas.

Once playing a private event in DC as a trio, since no one was listening we decided to switch instruments just for fun. Just then, someone stopped by and said "you sound really good", and we started what became our only applause for the night.

I went to all gigs by public transportation only until June 2014. A few times I rode my bike with my guitar and pedals on my back, a stand on one hand, and my amp in a bag hanging from my neck.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: It's a very diverse ensemble, 2 from Argentina (one with a strong tango sound, the other with both classical and jazz), 1 from Bulgaria with a classical background, 1 Jewish with a rock and Klezmer background, and 1 American who specializes in afro-cuban music.

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Main Genre: Jazz

Other Genres: world fusion, latin jazz, south american jazz, ethno jazz, chamber