I am an active freelance multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and educator based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Best known as both an upright & electric bassist, I have found success using the influences of my cultural and musical upbringing to create a rhythmically-driven and melodically-supportive approach. In doing so, I maintain a strong basis in the common ancestry of the traditions of jazz and Afro-Caribbean music.
I have two passions: playing music and teaching others to be as passionate about playing music as I am. As an educator and proponent of social justice, my reach has extended outside of the United States to The Dominican Republic, wherein 2017-2018 I served as the Academic Coordinator for Fedujazz non-profit music school. That year, I assisted in continuing to expand the success of their program through the mission of creating social change and empowerment by providing free music education to the children and youth of the Northern region of the island.
Music Education History
Bachelor of Music in Bass Performance – Berklee College of Music
I grew up in a bilingual household listening to the music of both my father, who is a violist in the Seattle Symphony and Practicing Musician’s viola teacher, and my mother, who is a Colombian immigrant. My parents started me on violin when I was 1 ½ years old, but I quickly found a love for playing keyboard, electric and upright bass, and multiple traditional Latin American guitars. Berklee was the natural first choice for me to continue learning to play the music that was infused into my DNA. Since graduating, I’ve held the position of Academic Coordinator at Fedujazz Dominican Republic, maintained my own thriving private studio, and continued to perform at every chance I get!
I have performed as a bandleader and sideman throughout North America, Europe, and Latin America—sharing stages with the likes of Victor Wooten, Robin Eubanks, and Victor Mendoza as well as being billed alongside hip-hop legends such as Slum Village, Warren G, Salt n’ Pepa and members of the Pharcyde.