Born: March 26, 1967 Primary Instrument: Drums
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. As a composer, he has arranged and/or sequenced music for pop artists and has published several original compositions for jazz big band. As an educator Mr. Villanueva has taught drum-set courses, clinics and workshops at many institutions in Mexico, Peru, Korea, Japan and the U.S. He is currently associate professor of jazz studies at Northern Illinois University, where he teaches jazz drums, jazz arranging, and coaches the NIU Jazz Lab Band, winner of the first place at the 2010 and 2008 editions of the UW-Eau Claire Jazz Festival. Rodrigo performs regularly with his jazz trio/quartet, the U.N. Jazz Trio, the NIU Jazz Faculty Group, the Sada Jazz trio, Liam Teague’s Panoramic, the Carolina Jazz Collective, and the Jan Wheaton Jazz Quartet. He endorses Sabian Cymbals, Yamaha Drums, Latin Percussion instruments and Evans Drumheads, in addition he is a member of Vic Firth’s education team.
Rodrigo es un baterista de un talento muy especial. Eddie Gomez. -Xavier Quirarte, Milenio
Live In Mexico City
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
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
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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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.
Rodrigo has offered clinics at various universities and jazz schools all around the world: Mexico, Peru, USA, Korea, & Japan. Endorsements:
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.
EVANS DRUM HEADS
VIC FIRTH DRUM STICKS, MALLETS & BRUSHES