Yuri Martín Juárez Yllescas, guitarist, arranger and composer from Lima, Peru, began his career in 1996 as guitarist for various groups of Afro-Peruvian music, folk and fusion.
His musical training ranges from formal studies with the Afro-Peruvian masters of the guitar Pepe Torres, Alvaro Lagos and Jorge Madueño and more “street” experience in Afro-Peruvian peñas.
He has shared the stage and recorded with musicians like Eva Ayllón, Susana Baca, Chaqueta Piaggio Ebelin Ortiz, Pilar de la Hoz, Carmina Cannavino, Mariella Valencia, Pamela Rodriguez, Elena Romero, and iconic Peruvian composers such as Kiri Escobar and Javier Lazo, and trail blazing bands including the Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet, Novalima, Teatro del Milenio and Sin Líneas en el Mapa, among others.
In 2000, Yuri becomes involved with Latin-American folk music for the first time with the group Sin Líneas en el Mapa. In 2004 he starts exploring the Afro-Peruvian Jazz current with Edward Perez, Rafael “Fusa” Miranda and Juan Medrano Cotito.
In November of 2008 Yuri released his first album. Afroperuano with its own repertoire and important composers Chabuca Granda, Carlos Hayre and Chucho Valdes, achieving great success in domestic and international criticism.
In December of 2009 gets the Latin Jazz Corner Awards in the categories of Best Afroperuvian Jazz Album and Best Latin Jazz Guitarist debut for his “Afroperuano” .