The band’s name refers to the supercontinent, which will possibly arise in some million years: at that stage all of today's continents will melt into a single entity and all territorial borders will be overcome. If humanity should still exist in this distant future, this quintet’s music would be its soundtrack. The compositions of bandleader José Díaz de León use authentic material which have been experienced and collected during musical travels in Africa, India and Latin America. The band gathers the most outstanding instrumentalists of Cologne's jazz- and worldmusic-scene. Pangea Ultima’s debut album was called „A delightfull redefinition of cross-cultural music“ by the magazine „Jazzthing“. Since 2017 it has played several club gigs and Festivals around Germany.
José Díaz de León – guitars, vocals, composition
Christine Corvisier – tenor-, soprano saxofone & flute
Roman Fuchß – bass
Christian Fehre – congas, percussion
Antoine Duijkers – african drums
Pangea Ultima also plays in bigger formats with guest musicians on piano, sitar, percussion, brass and vocals.
„From Mexico to Europe to India to Australia, the ensemble leaves hardly anything out and weaves the influences into an exciting and relaxed trip around the world.“ (Gitarre & Bass Magazine) read more
"Pangea Ultima means the encounter with the known to be known. Encounters of crossroads, times and cultures, from European jazz to the happy result of travels through the lands where the sun hits, that warm sun that lulls the coasts of Africa and of the Cuban Yambú". (Marvin Magazine)
"The songs have an inclination to joy and life, a contrast that is important in Mexican culture and that with Pangea Ultima generate the sonorous image of diverse cultures celebrating life". (Reporte Indigo Newspaper)
"Camino a Mictlán, a musical exploration of the Mexican tradition in the face of death and the celebration of life... Pangea Ultima is a band with influences of jazz, blues, African songs and European harmonies, which unite cultures through a universal musical journey, an attribute that gives meaning to the name of the group defined as an intercultural bet". (Querétaro Newspaper)
"Chema put together a kind of United Nations Assembly of music, the multicultural integration that had taken shape three years earlier burst with force in the album Camino a Mictlán". (El Financiero)
"The cultural variety and therefore the variety of languages of the material produces in the listener very diverse sonic and sensorial experiences. As in any suite, each theme is a complete individual story and the whole is a great narration that, in the case of Camino a Mictlán is an epic". (Formato 7)
"Camino a Mictlán will be an album that broke stigmas and styles. Its basis is to create a concept that music is universal." (Polifonia Red)
"Pangea Ultima mixes various styles, elements and cultures in one place. Camino a Mictlán manages to include all these elements to perfection, thus making it a pleasant journey through the world in true jazz style". (Endorfina Cultural)
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CONTACT / CREDITS
José Díaz de León