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Berklee College of Music (2013 – 2017) • Bachelor of Music Degree recipient, with concentrations in Production and Arranging Universidad San Francisco de Quito (2010 – 2012) (Ecuador) • Concentrations in Vibraphone Performance and Music Theory Conservatorio Mozarte (2004 – 2011) (Quito - Ecuador) • Concentrations in Percussion Performance and Music Theory Interlochen Center for the Arts (2009) (Michigan) • Awarded Certificate in Classical Percussion Escuela Nacional de Arte (2006) • Awarded Certificate in Cuban Percussion
Performer/ Producer (December 2009 – Present) • Established ‘High Key People’ – an international project heavily influenced by world music, hiphop, and jazz • Composed and produced High Key People’s debut album • Member of ‘AnlotSolèy’–jazz quintet led by Martiniquean pianist Maher Beauroy (Martinique Jazz Festival 2016) • Performed in Ecuador National Orchestra
I am a Latin Jazz vibraphonist and popular percussionist with a background in classical percussion. I also hold a degree from Berklee College of Music, where I have spent the last four years studying performance and production. Most recently I produced and lead a group based in New York and Boston. I performed in the Martinique Jazz and Ecuador Jazz festival I studied in a classical conservatory for 8 years and had the opportunity to assist to Interlochen Center for The arts and also studied cuban percussion in La Havana - Cuba at the age of 15.
I began to assist to my percussion at the age of 16. First just as a helper, then my teacher began to transfer me some of his students. I have taught classical percussion rudiments on the snare drum and keyboard instruments as well as drum set. I am more passionate about teaching cajon and bongos because I get to teach the music I grew up listening to. Having said that my strength is the vibraphone because I have been playing it professionally for the past 8 years. I also have a strong background in Jazz and improvisation in Drum set and Vibraphone.
For beginners drummers I like to introduce them to rudiments. For aspiring orchestral players is always important to build a repertoire, this is a list of materials I use: 150 Rudimental Solos - Charlie Wilcoxon Bass Drum Technique - Ted Reed Portraits in Rhythm - Cirone Beyond bop drumming - John Ryley It all depends to what the students are interested in. For aspiring popular music performers the most valuable resource are recordings. A big part of my teaching is playing along albums, this allows the student to simulate a real music situation.
My teaching style adapts to the necessity, interest and pace of the students. If you are more interested in building a technique playing we can get very methodical studying from the books but if you really want to play, we are gonna play! A big part of my teaching is playing with the students or creating sequences (play alongs) so the student practices music in context. It could be frustrating and boring when technique is de-contextualized. I believe that LISTENING is the most important part of playing
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