Zulema Hechavarria Blanco
Flutist , bandleader , composer , percussionist , vocalist and choreographe.
Born in Santiago de Cuba the 19 December 1973 , graduated in 1999 at the Instituto Superior de Artes
in Havana ( Cuba ).
In 2000 she started to study at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp ( Belgium ) , where she got her
Master Degree in Music as a flutist.
She has played in different musical projects , defending Cuban and universal music , participating in different
international platforms , and being a member of the award-winning group Zap Mama , Grammy Awards nominee.
In Cuba she was a student of the prestigious flute masters : Alberto Corrales , Richard Egues y Joaquin Oliveros
and in Belgium of Aldo Baerten and Johan Rijcken.
In 2010 , Zulema started with great success her first female orchestra ZuleMax.
12 women from different European nationalities , graduated from the jazz department at the conservatories
of Antwerp , Brussels , Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
ZuleMax has participated successfully on international festivals in Norway , Germany , Switzerland ,
The Netherlands , France and Belgium.
Prestigious festivals like the Montreux Jazz festival ( Switzerland ) ,
Mjazz festival , Breda Jazz festival , Jazz in Duketown ( The Netherlands ) ,
Brussels Jazz Maraton , Couleur Cafe , Dranouter ( Belgium ) ,
Jazz Summer Night festival ( Germany ) ,
Festival des Musiques Epicèes ( France ) ,
among other festivals in these countries.
With ZuleMax , Zulema wants the woman on the musical foreground , and all this on the Cuban rhythms of
the chachacha , guaguanco , mambo and salsa.
Add a dose of Caribbean humor to it and you have the perfect cocktail for a steamy concert.
ZuleMax , an all female latin band with the rich sound of authentic Cuban salsa.
Unique in Europe.
In 2014 they released their debut album Zulemax llegó.
" The power of the woman on stage , times twelve "
bandleader , flute