"Ortiz's pen shines in a new light, the music lyrical, dramatic, creating suspense."
Downbeat Magazine, August 2012
Santiarican Blues Suite was commisioned for the 25th anniversary celebration performance of the José Mateo Ballet Theater in May 2011, and was released April 2012 on Sunnyside Records.
"One of the finest works of modern music."
"This record by a very special artist will go down as one of the most significant works of music. Its power, significance and beauty will forever linger in the soul, where all musical art is enjoyed to the fullest."
Latin Jazz Network
"Aruan Ortiz’s Santiarican Blues Suite... was exciting, beautiful and entertaining. The bright colors and Latin rhythms made were enrapturing, and before I knew it the piece had come to an end before I was ready."
Boston Theatre Review
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