Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Leo Blanco is a Venezuelan pianist, arranger and composer. He grew up in Mérida, where from early age he was surrounded by Venezuelan folklore a blend of African and Spanish musical traditions as well as jazz, classical music and pop. He has played with highly acclaimed artists such as Dave Liebman, Luciana Souza, Bob Moses, Dave Samuels, Jamey Haddad, George Garzone, Giovanni Hidalgo among others.
In the international arena Mr. Blanco has made his presence known in a series of Jazz and latin Festivals, such as Newport Jazz Festival (USA), Monterey Jazz Festival (USA), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Kobe Jazz Festival (Japan), Festival e Musica (Brazil), Festival Latino Americano (Italy), Festival Latino (Italy), Festival Tentarera (Germany), Music Festival de Paleo (Switzerland), Ohrid Music Festival (Macedonia). He was invited to perform and record a T.V Broadcast by the Cultural Ministry of Montenegro, Yugoslavia. He has played as guest artist with several Venezuelan orchestras, including Symphonic Orchestra of Funda Ayacucho, Symphonic Orchestra of Mérida and the Symphonic Orchestra of Lara.
Nowadays, Mr. Blanco is actively composing and producing World Jazz music. His music does not try to stylistically cop the zone of any indigenous music, said Jamey Haddad, worldrenown drummer and a member of Paul Simon’s band. For the most part, Mr. Blanco’s songs are an impressionistic fantasy on a moment in time where he challenges himself to ride the edge of the feelings that keep him on an extended musical high.