Lucia is a young Peruvian Saxophonist breaking through the Minneapolis music scene with a huge sound and effervescent personality. From a young age, Lucia has been influenced by the classic jazz cats like John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, as well as the gritty more modern Chris Potter and Michael Brecker.
Lucia has been mentored by Eric Kamau Gravatt (Drummer for Weather Report, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson) since Summer of 2015 as a permanent member of his Jazz Quintet, Source Code. Together with some of the finest players in the Twin Cities, they explore the depths of free improvisation.
In August 2016, Lucia joined New Sound Underground, a Jazz Fusion/Funk band from the Twin Cities that has packed venues including the Dakota, the Icehouse, Paisley Park and Festivals such as South by South West.
The Lucia Sarmiento Quintet was featured at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 2014 and 2016 and 2017.
Lucia Sarmiento can be seen touring the United States with New Sound Underground, playing cafes and big venues in Minneapolis, or in her social media where she remains pretty active documenting her practice routines and gigs.
"[I was]...instantly won over by her emotive playing and obvious technical ability....such a smoking hot band..."
Andrea Swensson, The Current, After Hours
LUCIA SARMIENTOS plays BG DUO LIGATURE