The talent


Soulful Latin folklore, pop, jazz – rancheras, boleros, bossas, cumbias, regional pirekuas, canto cardenche and indigenous songs, all in undefinable original styles that aim to share culture and convey messages to the heart. Claudia on vocals, jarana and percussive dance, plus a ridiculous lineup of infinitely talented musicians: Alberto Jimenez, Felipe Fournier, Memo Barrón and Rudyck Vidal. A perfect combination that makes this musical project fly: whether it be to laugh, cry and everything in between, you will feel, and learn,  undeniably beautiful things.

 

Felipe Fournier (percussion/producer)

2017 Latin Grammy award winner Felipe Fournier is a percussionist and vibes player from Costa Rica who plays with Ruben Blades and classic salsa outfit Our Latin Thing. He has assembled a group of musicians who have collectively played with some of the greatest Latin musicians – Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colon as well as the late Tito Puente himself to form SUPERMAMBO! A Vibes Tribute to TITO PUENTE.

A graduate of the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and the National University of Costa Rica Medal for best student in the Department of Jazz and Caribbean Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico in 2010.

He has played with Eddie Gomez Trio, Charlie Sepulveda, Nestor Torres, Cheo Feliciano, Danilo Perez Panama Big Band, Oscar Stagnaro, Carli Muñoz, IAJE Latin American ALl Stars Ensemble, Editus, Son of Tikizia, Philharmonic Orchestra of Puerto Rico, Philharmonic Orchestra of Costa Rica.

 

Alberto Jiménez (guitar)

Mexican Guitarist, his versatility and flexibility in different styles has led him to participate in various projects, including classical music, jazz and Afro-Caribbean music. He graduated from the Universidad Veracruzana where he trained with important guitarists such as Mauricio Hernández, Roberto Aguirre and Massimo Gatta, as well as participating in improvement classes with Paolo Pegoraro, David Jaques, Julio Cesar Oliva to name a few.

His training in jazz is guided by Berklee School of Music teachers, such as Bernardo Hernández, Bruce Saunders, Rafael Alcalá, as well as musicians from the Mexican jazz scene such as Gabriel Puentes, Cristobal López, Agustín Bernal, Francisco Lelo from Larrea.
Member of the founding team of the Jazz Studies Center “JazzUV” belonging to the Universidad Veracruzana, where he has taught various classes such as instrument, harmony, ensemble, etc. In addition to participating in various editions within the International Festival JazzUV presenting their own music, and in collaboration with artists from New York. He has also participated in various festivals within the Mexican Republic and abroad.

He is currently based in New York City, where he is in a Master of Jazz Performance program at Queens College, Aaron Copland School of Music, under the guidance of Paul Bollenback, Antonio Hart, David Berkman and Dennis Mackrel. Alberto actively performs with the likes of Claudia Valentina, Nixtamal, Radio Jarocho and Frida’s Revenge.

 

Rudyck Vidal Espinoza (bass/vocals)

 

Guillermo Barrón (percussion)

Percussionist and composer, born in San Luis Potosí, México, Barrón has developed his style with different ensembles that cover a wide range of musical genres and styles, such as classical music, rock, pop, flamenco, Mexican music, salsa and Latin jazz, among others. He regularly performs all over the world with many international artists: José Feliciano, Luisito Quintero, Charlie Sepúlveda, Ralph Irizarry, Julio Alvarado, Oscar Stagnaro, Roby Lakatos, Héctor Martignon, John Benitez, Axel Tosca Laugart, Xiomara Laugart, David Sánchez, Gabriel Hernández, Osmany Paredes, Brian Lynch and the salsa singers Roberto Blades, Rafu Warner, Víctor Manuelle, Pepito Gómez, Paquito Guzmán and Miguel Ángel Barcasnegras “Meñique,” among others. Guillermo studied at the music Conservatory of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean music and jazz program where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

He currently lives in New York City, where he collaborates with different musical projects, such as Project Grand Slam, Radio Jarocho, SUPERMAMBO, Tres del Solar, Alex Conde Flamenco Jazz Project, Claudia Valentina and Adderesound, as well is Jose Feliciano’s percussionist. Guillermo is a Soultone Cymbals Artist.

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