Coto Pincheira

Born: July 17, 1968    Primary Instrument: Piano

Coto Pincheira

Chilean-born pianist Coto Pincheira is an internationally experienced pianist and musical leader with over 20 years of education and experience, playing a variety of musical styles which include but are not limited to; Classical, Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Cuban Salsa, to Pop music.

Coto started his studies of music at the early age of nine, studying Organ at the Yamaha Academy in Vina Del Mar with Leonardo Barrientos, at the Conservatorium of the Catholic University of Valparaiso with Professor Anibal Correa, Chile most renowned classical pianist. Coto also studied classical music in several conservatoriums of Vina del mar and Santiago. In 1990 Coto studied at the Modern School of Music in Santiago Chile's most prestigious institution. The best school of all “La Calle” (The Streets), where there is an infinite to learn and to experience that will never end....
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Received 01 Visa Classification from the United States of America the highest possible classification a foreign musician can obtain. Only a handful of foreign musicians are awarded this classification due to the strict and extraordinary demands. Obtained work permit to play music professionally in Cuba. Since Coto was not Cuban born, Coto had to perform and be evaluated by the Committee of Musicians consisting of Cuba's most renowned musicians. Coto received a Level One rating which is the highest possible level. This allowed him to perform with Cuba's most famous musicians and bands.
The long awaited debut album by Bay Area pianist/keyboardist, Coto Pincheira, is a marvel of synthesized electric jazz fusion blended with Afro-Cuban percussion and rhythm. From Chile originally, Coto moved as a teen to Cuba to study music. His journey led him to a variety of gigs including a steady job playing at the Tropicana. It was a time in Cuba around the late 1970s when Chucho Valdes and Emiliano Salvador were integrating synthesizers into the Cuban mix. It served as a profound influence for Coto as this album shows. With some of the SF Bay's best, Coto delivers intriguing music with high caliber musicality. “Suite 301” opens and contains three distinct parts that evoke different moods and texture. One minute Coto is grooving on keys ala Return to Forever as he pours out cascades of electrified melodic lines while the next he is playing on a acoustic grand with a jazzy classical feel. Dave McNab rocks out on guitar on “Postive Influences” for the first part before Coto digs in for another great acoustic piano solo, this time over an upbeat straight-ahead hard bop beat. “Danzon For A Night” (features special guests Alfredo De La Fe and Orestes Vilato) and “Wendy's Ballad” slows things down beautifully for an intimate portrayal of Coto's musical gifts. “Tribute To A Generation” should have been called Tribute To Irakere as the tune gets terrific treatment from the horn section who impeccably perform the complicated syncopated melodies with precision and swing. “A Chileno In Havana” is a funky backbeat boogaloo that is highlighted by a blistering trumpet solo by Mike Olmos and closes out a remarkable album by a remarkable musician. (JV)

Chuy Varela
KCSM Radio 91.1
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The Sonido Moderno Project
Self Produced (2009)
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