Born in Louisiana to parents of Greek and Irish descent, raised between Boston, Los Angeles, Hawaii and Seattle, Layla Angulo began playing the piano at age five, the saxophone at age ten, and was performing in jazz clubs by the time she was fourteen.
As a child, Layla had a love of both dance and music. She studied dance at the prestigious Pacific Northwest Ballet for 9 years, but had to stop when she developed a minor case of Osgood Schlotter’s, so music became her primary focus.
After studies at Cornish College of the Arts, this talented young woman moved to Spain where she played and performed with Spanish and European musicians.
Returning from Europe, Layla performed with many bands – from Funk, Jazz, Reggae, and Salsa and was very moved by what she heard in Afro-Peruvian music, which was introduced to her by the Peruvian musicians of the Salsa bands that she played with. Her study of composers such as Chabuca Granda, and Susana Baca led to her to writing music that mixed jazz with Afro-Peruvian rhythms. After the release of her first CD, Layla expanded her interests in World rhythms and began a study of the complex rhythms of her Greek ancestry as well as experiments in mixing World rhythms and jazz.
Layla toured Sicily where she performed sold-out concerts with some of Italy’s finest jazz musicians. The song La Rumbera, written by Layla Angulo and Walter Torres, was Semi-Finalist in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition (ICS) and in 2006 it received an Honorable Mention. Layla not only composes for herself and her group, but has also written numerous songs and albums for other artists and for a short films including Cinder starring Julia Ling (Jackie Chan Disciples), which is due out later this year.
With the release of two Latin Jazz CDs, and an intensely loyal and growing fan base, Layla and her band create a thrilling musical experience wherever they perform whether it is a quintet or her large 13 piece orchestra, as can be heard on her latest CD, Live at the Triple Door. Live at the Triple Door has received high praise from not only the Seattle Times and the Stranger, but is being played on a regular basis in Radio Stations across the world.
The fierce enthusiasm and encouragement of her fans keep pushing Layla to reach for even higher musical planes. She has now released her newest CD, MIENTRAS…, with some of the most well-known and highly respected musicians in the business, including Oscar Stagnaro, Roberto Quintero, Dario Eskanazi, (all tour with Paquito D’Rivera and Diane Schuur) Arturo O’Farrill, Orlando 'Maraca' Valle (Irakere), and Tony Escapa (Ricky Martin). In this upcoming release, this is the first cd with Layla singing her own vocal tracks on her own compositions. Not only does she sing, compose, arrange and play alto and soprano saxophones in MIENTRAS…, but she also wears the hat of producer.
Most recently the song, “Que Te Valla Bian” got to Semi-Finalist status in the 2008 ISC (International Songwriting Competition)
And, Keilwerth saxophones and Sonare Wind flutes have endorsed Layla. She only plays Keilwerth saxophones on MIENTRAS… recorded with her “Shadow” saxophone.
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