“The master’s degree program in performance provides the student with the opportunity to home in on a deeper level of understanding of expression and artistry. This means intense dedication to instrumental technique, improvisation concepts, and expansion of vocabulary in the area of interest.
“I have always believed that, in addition to developing strong jazz concepts and vocabulary, a deep understanding of the rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic concepts of music from Latin America the Mediterranean, Baltic countries, and India provides the musician opportunities and creative vocabulary, making a musician more well-rounded. Therefore, I approach my student’s development by providing them with materials for study based on transcription work and harmonic and rhythmic study methods in the area of concentration. This, in turn, will enable them to grasp a deeper understanding of various styles of performance as well as an approach to composition.
“My love for teaching developed over the years, as I have discovered the essence of constant wonder and amazement through the eyes of my students.”
- Vibraphonist and composer
- Named "the genre's leading vibraphone practitioner" and "one of today's most resourceful composers" by JAZZIZ Magazine
- Named one of the Outstanding Latin Jazz Artists of the Year by Latin Beat magazine
- Recordings and performances as a bandleader and with artists such as Paquito D’Rivera, Claudio Roditi, and Giovanni Hidalgo
- Guest appearances with the World Festival Orchestra under the direction of Paquito D’Rivera, the Milan Svoboda Orchestra in Prague, and as soloist with the Carlos Chávez Symphony Orchestra in Mexico City
- Solo appearances with the 85-piece Banda del Puerto in Valencia, Spain, under the direction of award-winning conductor Isidro Coll Ballesteros, as well as the Granada Symphony in Spain
- "Black Bean Blues" named one of the best Latin jazz recordings of the year by Modern Drummer magazine
- Clinician for Yamaha and Vic Firth