Up-and-coming artist Luis Anselmi has had a busy year.

The 27-year-old Venezuelan musician based in Toronto has performed recitals with Humber College and the Hilario Durán Latin Jazz Big Band, booked gigs at clubs and festivals with various artists throughout the Toronto area, and participated in several recording sessions, including the production of his own first EP as a bandleader (due next year).

Meanwhile, Anselmi also received his seventh consecutive scholarship from the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation while supporting the charity’s initiatives as a performer and panelist.

These are just the latest accomplishments for a young artist who has constantly displayed his dedication to bringing the sounds of Venezuelan cuatro to broader audiences. Among his many projects incorporating jazz and world music, Anselmi has co-founded both the Latin group Cayiao and the world fusion ensemble The Alkebulan Sound. He also hopes to one day create the first Berklee Global Partner school in Venezuela.

Throughout his career, Anselmi has studied and performed with Hilario Durán, Edward Ramirez, Daniela Padrón, Gerry Weil, Ricardo Cepeda, Kristhyan Benitez and more.

We asked Anselmi, a participant in our Jazzology program, to tell us more about his influences and his latest projects.