Jose "Chepe" Ariza, from Bucaramanga, Colombia, is a bassist, arranger, and composer. This clinic/performance will be feature music from the region of the Andes of Colombia. Traditional rhythms such as pasillo, bambuco, and guavina will be demonstrated in their original forms and then using tapping and slapping, creating a more contemporary approach to these styles.
Ariza has a degree in music education and performance from the Universidad Industrial de Santander, and also studied classical composition at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has performed at the Festival de Tiple in Medellín, Colombia; Jazz al Parque; and the Bogotá Jazz Concert Series. He is a performer with the Norwegian Cruise Lines Canada Stage Band, touring Bermuda, Bahamas, Caribbean Islands, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.
Ariza has spent many years exploring contemporary interpretations of traditional Colombian music. He is a versatile musician, playing within different genres such as tropical, classical, pop, jazz, and Colombian folk. He has also composed music for dance, theater, and film. He won the first composition award of the Colombian Ministry of Culture in 1998 and the prize for the Best Jazz Band in Bogotá, Jazz al Parque 2003.
He has played with important figures of Colombian music such as Antonio Arnedo, Oscar Acevedo, Pacho Dávila, Lucia Pulido, Ivan Benavides, and Teto Ocampo, and international artists such as Horacio Hernández, Ramon Stagnaro, Jane L. Powell, Radim Zwnkl, and Andy Burger. Currently he is a faculty member at Fernando Sor Music School and Inca University in Bogotá.