Sebastian Cruz is a versatile Colombian guitarist who keeps a distinctive sound marked by creativity, soulfulness, and a deep commitment to the music across different styles. An accomplished composer, lyricist and songwriter, Cruz has released two albums with his Colombian infused songwriting project ‘Coba,’ featuring some of the most interesting singers in the Latin American scene in NY. He has composed, arranged and directed for Lucía Pulido and La Cumbiamba eNeYé, two influential projects at the forefront of a new wave of Colombian music.
His latest project, The Cheap Landscape Trio, which has included some of the most daring improvisers such as Stomu Takeishi and Ruben Samama on bass, Ted Poor, Joe Saylor and Satoshi Takeishi on drums, and Jason Lindner on keyboards, departs from Colombian roots into an exploration of the force of the power trio, the energy of punk rock, and the spontaneity of creative improvisation. Cruz also composes for film, theatre and dance and has received prestigious awards including the Van Leer fellowship from meet the composer, and an ASCAP for the composition of a song for theatre.
A devoted educator, Cruz teaches for the Brooklyn Guitar School, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and has been invited as leader and instructor for Columbia University’s Latin Jazz ensemble to utilize his expertise on Colombian music. During the Spring of 2012 Cruz served as faculty at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in South India where he led ensembles, taught guitar, Composition and arranging, and Colombian music.