This clinic and performance will be about different ways to play Colombian music beyond cumbia. It will show different approaches to currulao (jungle groove, West Coast), porro (northern), and pasillo (music from the mountains) and how to play them in styles from roots to modern, creating contemporary Colombian music.
Jose Juvinao is from Medellín, Colombia. He's a bassist, arranger, and composer, and he has a degree from Universidad de Antioquia, where he studied classical double bass, and a master's degree in modern American music from Longy School of Music. He has performed in many places and at many festivals around the world such as the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival, Medellín Jazz Festival, Bogotá Jazz Festival, Cali Jazz Festival, and Le Mondial des Cultures, among many others. He has played with important musician such as Cheo Feliciano, Antonio Arnedo, Amaury Gutierrez, Eddie Santiago, Samuel Torres and many others. Currently, Juvinao is a faculty member at the University of Antioquia, the academic coordinator of Staff Music Academy in Medellín, the bass player of Maite Hontelé, and the music arranger for Merlín Producciones (the record label of Puerto Candelaria, Banda la República, Maité Hontelé, and Trópico Big Band). A versatile bassist who can play multiple styles from Colombian to classical, he has also written a book about improvisation in Colombian tropical music, and he has been nominated for both a Grammy Award and a Latin Grammy.
The general producer of Bass en Vivo Colombia, Juan Guillermo Aguilar started studying music at the age of 11, supported by his family, who encouraged him to study professionally. He lived for three years in Cuba, studying at the Instituto Superior de Arte and the Escuela Nacional de Arte, and then returned to Colombia with the goal of studying his own country’s rhythms. As one of Colombia’s most versatile drummers, Aguilar has played with artists like Richie Ray, Amaury Gutiérrez, Juan Carlos Coronel, Edy Martínez, and Totó la Momposina, among many others. He has been nominated twice for a Latin Grammy Award and once for a Grammy Award, and has won a Shock Award. As a session drummer, he’s participated in recordings for Ricky Martin, Fonseca, Lucas Arnau, Pasabordo, and Maite Hontelé, among many others. He’s been a member of multiple important music groups such as Puerto Candelaria, La República, and Ballet Folclórico de Antioquia, and has performed on approximately 50 international tours around Asia, Europe, and America. He has his own studio for recording drums and percussion, and has taught Colombian and Latin percussion clinics at universities, academies, and percussion festivals.