Audiences frequently comment that Los Más Valientes features so many women, something unusual in the world of Latin music. And indeed we do. In fact, Los Más Valientes features seven of the most talented women in Latin jazz today. And for women-centered events and performances, we often break out as our all-female sister ensemble, Anaïsa. As Anaïsa, just like Los Más Valientes, we bring great grooves, hot improvisation, and tremendous excitement to every performance.
In Anaïsa the jazz world is seeing a great leap forward for women in creative music--Latin jazz is never going to be the same. This group combines seven women of diverse musical backgrounds, all of whom are well-established in the standard realm of Latin jazz, but who also bring their individual and collective experiences in American jazz, salsa, merengue, Dominican, Puerto Rican and Cuban folk music, samba, reggae, rock.
In the pantheon of deities in Palo, the Afro-Catholic folk religion of the Dominican Republic, Anaïsa is one of the most powerful. The goddess of love, compassion and goodwill, she finds her greatest expression through music. The exciting band that takes her name has put together some of the finest women musicians playing in Latin jazz today. Anaïsa is now making the rounds of women’s events nationally and worldwide.