Primary Instrument: Guitar
Ricardo holds a Music Degree and Masters in Bilingual Education from the City College of New York, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. At City he studied with noted composer/pianist John Lewis, of the Modern Jazz Quartet. He has also studied with master composer/pianist Ran Blake, and Jazz guitar legend Sal Salvador. When you add this to Ricardo’s Latin music background and mix it with the other influences in his melting pot, such as Robert Johnson, the Beatles, Sam Cooke, Juan Luis Guerra, and a Jazz guitar obsession, the resulting musical brew is a refreshing blend of Rock, Jazz, and Latin that is beyond category.
Ricardo's songs have won commendations from the Billboard Magazine competition and have been published in Sing Out! Magazine. Ricardo comes from a musical family. His father, a composer/player, performed with many Latin and Latin Jazz bands in New York, including the legendary Machito. His brother Pablo was lead singer and principal composer for Conjunto Melao; he also wrote for Salsa stars Willie Colon, Adalberto Santiago and many others.
Appearances include: The Jazz mobile, New York’s Town Hall; New England Conservatory of Music; Mamaroneck Harbor Fest, The Bean Runner café in Peekskill, The Watercolor café in Mamaroneck, The Arts Exchange in White Plains, & the Greenburgh Public Library.