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Professional Musician graduated Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music with a dual major in Drumset performance and Contemporary Writing and Production.
2017 - Performed percussion at Carnegie Hall with the Young People's Chorus of NYC 2017 - Performed Colombian music at Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center
Born in Bogotá, Colombia, I started playing piano at an early age, but soon after I discovered my true passion for percussion instruments. After completing my studies at the Universidad Sergio Arboleda in Bogotá, I won a scholarship to study music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. I graduated from Berklee with a dual degree, cum laude, in Contemporary Composition & Production as well as Jazz Drumset Performance. Since coming to the Unites States, I have performed in major venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Apollo Theater in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and the Detroit Jazz Festival, among others. I have released my own compositions with my band, in addition to recording for and playing with many of my peers. Myunique voice--in both drums and my own compositions--blends the sound and tonalities of modern jazz with traditional Latin music. My work interweaves traditional, ancestral, specifically Colombian music, with modern drumset and its evolution mainly through jazz and contemporary music.
My teaching experience started while in college. I began teaching a couple of students and friends private lessons. It was sparse but definitively gave me an good idea of how it was to be some sort of a coach to help find the "inner drummer" in my students. After graduating from Berklee, I stayed in Boston and taught drumset, percussion, and piano at the Boston School of Music. It was a much more formal way of teaching, and I enjoyed that experience very much, and it made me realize even more that teaching is very natural and rewarding to me--from the early stages of developing a curriculum, to carrying it out while making it fun and accessible, to seeing the students having fun playing live shows.
There's a ton of books about drumset out there. I like to use some of the best ones in my experience that offer us infinite possibilities to create our own individual practice routines. These include: - Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone - Syncopation by Ted Reed - Modern Rudimental Swing Solos by Charley Wilcoxon - The Drummer's Complete Vocabulary As Taught by Alan Dawson More than the books I like to focus on the desire, the flame in the student which drives them to want to play music in the first place... a favorite song or band, and then use these books in order to service that.
I believe music is an art form that offers one of the greatest paths to intelligence a human can achieve. I feel that learning and teaching music are key parts of how all culture was originally created and transmitted. Sharing the knowledge and expertise I have acquire over the years with students is very gratifying, but so is receiving their unique input on any matter. I believe that our classes are ways for us to connect to students and for them to play, be creative, explore and keep me also on the path of discovery. It's really a two way street.
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