Primary Instrument: Drums
“Latinova” is a Latin Jazz band made up of six Berklee College of Music graduate players and composers. All from different countries with different backgrounds and upbringings, this benefits the music with cultural versatility. Latinova play creatively arranged standard Brazilian, Peruvian, and Argentinean songs together with original compositions all with a jazz flavor of improvisation. Their international collaboration brings out a new richness in Latin Jazz. Vocalist and Tais Alvarenga is from Brazil, and sings with the sprit and culture of Brazilian music. Pianist Junya Fukumoto and violinist Tomoko Omura are both from Japan, with a comprehensive upbringing in European classical music and a deep knowledge in jazz and world music. Drummer Christian Moran is from England and has been studying and playing jazz since his early teens. Bassist Ignacio Long is from Argentina, fluent in countess styles of South American music . They are all experienced jazz, and world music players. Accordionist ‘MJ’ Min Jung Kim, from South Korea brings original tango compositions to the band. She writes in a style mainly influenced by modern classical and Jazz with a great admiration of Astor Piazzolla. Their cultural diversity constantly drives their music in new artistic directions. Latinova can create a smooth atmosphere of relaxed Bossa Nova and can make you dance to Samba and Baião or take you on an emotional journey with a Tango. Latinova plays for audiences in restaurants, bars, Café, Bistros & clubs and can cater special programs for each venue.
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Berklee College of music Graduate, Performance major. University college Chichester, Ba Jazz and commercial musics. 13 years playing experience, can teach Jazz, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Blues, Rock, Funk, and classical drumming style and related techniques. Have studied with, Teri Lyne Carrinton, Kenwood Dennard, Mark Walker, Kim Plainfelid, Oscar Stagnaro, Dave Samuals.