Rodrigo Villanueva

Born: March 26, 1967    Primary Instrument: Drums

Rodrigo Villanueva

Drummer and composer, Rodrigo holds a bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. He has played and/or recorded with several jazz, classical and pop artists from Mexico, Perú, Korea, Japan and the U.S. Among them are Stefan Karlsson, Lynn Seaton, Eddie Gomez, Fareed Haque, Ed Saindon, Clark Terry, Eddie Henderson, Jimmy Owens, Liam Teague, Rodolfo Sanchez, Lee Tomboulian, Hiro Morozumi, Jangeun Bae, Carlos Guedes, Meyer Kupferman, Takayoshi Yoshioka, Jon Anderson, Carlos Prieto, Roberto Limón, Sandra Kaye, Carla White, and the Mexican pop icons Lucero and Alejandro Fernandez...
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”He is a very accomplished drummer, a very accomplished improviser, a very sensitive player and a very musical individual.” Ed Soph. -Wendy Wilson, North Texas Daily
”Rodrigo es un baterista de un talento muy especial.” Eddie Gomez. -Xavier Quirarte, Milenio
As A Record Producer/Drummer

Live In Mexico City
Eddie Gomez
Jazzling Records
Tracks: 1. Palermo 2. All Blues 3. Blues For Gwen 4. My Funny Valentine ~ How Deep Is The Ocean? 5. Smilin' Eyes 6. We Will Meet Again
Personnel: Name: Eddie Gomez: Bass, Stefan Karlsson: Piano, Rodrigo Villanueva: Drums

As A Side Musician

Hiro Morozumi
Hiro Morozumi
Tracks: 1. Room for Cream, 2. Meadow Placid 3. Stay Beautiful 4. Faded Memory 5. Sophisticated Lindy 6. Wicked J 7. The Moon and the Sun 8. She Was Here 10. D.J.P.D. (Denton Jazz Police Department)
Personnel: Name: Hiro Morozumi: Piano, Craig Butterfield: Bass, Rodrigo Villanueva: Drums

Ice Cream Concerto & Flavors of The Stars
Meyer Kupferman & Atril 5: Contemporary Mexican Ensemble
Sound Spell
Tracks: 1. Adagio 2. Jazzy; Medium Bounce 13. Pistachio, Percussion Listen
Personnel: Roberto Limon, Valeria Thierry, Victoria Horti, Martin Arista, Asako Arai, Juan Carlos Laguna, Dimitri Dudin, Rodrigo Villanueva, Gabriela Jimenez, David Harris, Alain Durbecq.

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Primary Instrument:

Janesville, WI

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

NIU School of Music
Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies
Private Studio in DeKalb, IL and Janesville, WI.
Over 20 years of teaching experience.
Fridays & Saturdays in Janesville, WI.
Tuesdays through Thursdays in DeKalb, IL.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Rodrigo has offered clinics at various universities and jazz schools all around the world: Mexico, Peru, USA, Korea, & Japan. Endorsements:

Yamaha Drums
Sabian Cymbals
Evans Drumheads
Vic Firth Drumsticks
LP percussion instruments Rodrigo's master classes and clinics topics: Time Keeping
Natural Motion and Posture
Melodic approach to improvisation and practice on the drumset
Transcriptions: Understanding Style, Phrasing and Sound through drum set transcriptions.
French Grip, American Grip and German Grip.
Time Placement: Playing On Top, Dead Center, and Behind the beat.
Organizing your practice schedule and setting your goals.
Always make music when you practice.

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