Born: October 28, 1971 Primary Instrument: Pandeiro
Pedro Isea is a Venezuelan musician born in Caracas in October 28th 1971 who very early in his life started to make vocal music and play the Venezuelan Cuatro and percussion for vocal groups in his school and university. He began music studies in 1982 in Padre Sojo music school in Caracas and developed a ten years career singing and making percussion for different choirs.
Since 1994 he studied afro-venezuelan and latin percussion (congas) for five years with the professors Alexander Livinalli (multiple participations), Jesús Paiva (Vasallos del Sol), William Troconis (La Banda Sigilosa, Grupo Maroa, La Platabanda...) and Manuel Moreno (Grupo Herencia) in the Popular Culture School of Bigott Foundation and in the UCV (Universidad Central de Venezuela). In 1995 he founded “Mestizos Ensamble” with the pianist and singer Alicia Dávila recording 6 tracks which were showed in radio and TV programs. In that year he studied Jazz history and vocal percussion.
Since 2002 and for almost three years he studied afro Brazilian percussion with the Brazilian - Venezuelan percussionist Carlos Rojas in the Brazilian Venezuelan Cultural Institute. At the same time he played percussion and congas with the group “Son de la Gaita” and was director of a vocal octet named “Contraste”
In 2003 he started an intense work of investigation and diffusion of Brazilian music in Venezuela founding and developing the musical group “Pimenteira Brasil” with Carlos Rojas, Luciano Calello, Julio Medina, Wily Noya and José Ramón Navarro, making almost 100 concerts and open rehearsals in Caracas and other cities and recording two CD, Pimenteira Brasil (2004) and Sambando en Caracas (2008). In 2004 and for three years he was musical director of the traditional Venezuelan music group named “Grupo Matices” which presented a musical show with scenic movements and live music traveling through various traditional music and dance of Venezuela called “De lo ancestral a lo actual” (From the Ancestral to the Currently). Also he started to play the Brazilian Cavaquinho and to compose samba.
Since 2008 Pedro Isea came out from Pimenteira Brasil and with Julio Medina (Guitar), Daniely Benitez (Flute) and Luciano Calello (Cavaquinho) decided to create the musical group “Só Sambistas” of samba and choro. With a musical work of major level this group has made concerts in diverse places in Caracas with participation of excellent musicians as Marcus Santos (Salvador de Bahia, Brazil), Diego Álvarez “El Negro” (Venezuela), Biella Da Costa (Venezuela). As a percussionist he has played with Venezuelan group “Ensamble Kapicua” and Brazilian musician Vinicius Pereira (São Paulo, Brazil) and with the Venezuelan pianist Alicia Dávila he recorded the track “Moruno pa’ Gerry” playing the Brazilian Tantan for the CD Series “Venezuela Demo”.
In 2009 Só Sambistas recorded his first album called “Só Sambistas” and in 2011 they are preparing one new album.
In 2010 and 2011 Pedro had differents participations in records and performances with singers, bossa nova musicians and other musical groups.
Track 01 Coração leviano Track 02 Ironia Track 03 Samba da cabrocha bamba Track 04 Kid Cavaquinho Track 05 Argumento Track 06 Prisma luminoso Track 07 Gago apaixonado Track 08 Sons de carrilhões Track 09 Lenço Track 10 Pecado Capital
Pedro Isea (Lead voice, Percussion), Carlos Rojas Zoccolo (Percussion, voice), Julio Medina (Guitar), Luciano Calello (Cavaquinho), José Ramón Navarro (percussion), Wily Noya (Trombone), Raúl Navarrete (Percussion), Iván Rivas (Percussion), Olga Palís (voice)
Sambando en Caracas
Track 01 Pimenta no vatapá Track 02 Noites cariocas Track 03 Você me abandonou Track 04 A vida Track 05 Choro de gafieira Track 06 Mais choro serás tu Track 07 Boca de sapo Track 08 Pretencioso Track 09 Disritmia Track 10 Doce de coco Track 11 Um a zero Track 12 Sambando en Caracas
Pedro Isea (Lead voice, Percussion), Carlos Rojas Zoccolo (Percussion, voice), Julio Medina (Guitar), Luciano Calello (Cavaquinho), Nicolás Andrade (Banjo, cavaquinho), José Ramón Navarro (percussion), Hernán Ascóniga (Saxophone), Raúl Navarrete (Percussion), Luis Cabriles (Percussion), Daniely Benitez (Flute, Piccolo, voice)
Track 01 Chamado (J. Medina) Track 02 Só falta cantor (P. Isea) Track 03 Saudade de Mozart (D. Benitez) Track 04 Drible da Vaca (Vitor Santana) Track 05 El tiempo dirá (J. Medina) Track 06 Retazos de lembranças arquivadas (D. Benitez) Track 07 Feiticeira (P. Isea) Track 08 Nao quero parar (P. Isea) Track 09 Festa da vinda (Cartola)
Pedro Isea (Lead voice, Percussion), Julio Medina (Guitar), Luciano Calello (Cavaquinho), Daniely Benitez (Flute, Piccolo, voice), José Ramón Navarro (percussion), Luis Cabriles (Percussion). Invited Track 3: Ramón Grillet (Clarinet)
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- Basic Pandeiro - Basic Brazilian rhythms - Basic Venezuelan rhythms in pandeiro Clave of Samba paper: http://docs.google.com/View?id=dfvbz3sw_2cjqrtvc7