music, infects audiences with desire to sing,dance and celebrate authentic Latin culture. Before he moved to Portland fourteen years ago, Neftali Rivera
was a professional musician in his native, Puerto Rico. He focus on the traditional music styles which are so immediately familiar to all Puerto Ricans, such as the bombas and plenas heard in communities with African roots to the danzas and aguinaldos heard in Rivera's home town of Morovis. The members of BORIKUAS
are from a wide variety of backgrounds. Percussionist Victor Pizarro comes from Loisa Aldea, Puerto Rico, where he learned to play on the street corners. Vocalist, lead guitarist, and cuatro player, Ruben Torres was formally trained in Puerto Rico. Aquiles Montas, originally from Dominican Republic, lived in Puerto Rico for several years. Javier Olva, percussionist, was born in Cuba. To learn more, visit for more information.
folds Jazz, Rock, New Age, Classical, Middle Eastern, and Asian influences into the complex rhythms of Flamenco to create a sound that is solely his. Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1965, his first musical inspirations were Al Di Meola and Django Reinhardt, but it wasn't until he discovered the art of Paco de Lucia that Toshi devoted himself to studying the music of the great Spanish guitarists. His distinctive sound uniquely combines flat picking with dynamic percussive sounds made on the surface of his guitar. It has evolved and grown in the sixteen years since he began playing. Toshi spent five years in Spain where he refined his style even further. He toured Spain and Switzerland for two years with the internationally acclaimed Flamenco fusion group Pata Negra. His first solo CD, Toshi, an effort that featured many musicians from Spain and Brazil, was released in 1997. Two years later he appeared on the CD Born in the Air, a collaboration of fifteen acoustic guitarists. Produced by Seigen Ono, the CD received an overwhelmingly positive response from critics and audiences. Writers have said "Toshi draws pictures with his sound" and "the listener is mesmerized, transfixed, and caught by the rhythms and the indefinable and talented mixture of his music." Listeners often say his music inspires them and gives them a "floating sensation." Toshi's music isn't easily categorized and can't be limited to a specific genre; he prefers to think of it as a truly international sound that knows no borders and has no boundaries.
The Pete Krebs Trio
, featuring David Langenes and Keith Brush, play a mèlange of early Jazz, swing, gypsy, and latin music. Their work with counterparts the Stolen Sweets have brought them to Oregon Public Broadcasting, KMHD, The Portland Jazz Festival and Oregon Art Beat. Visittheir website
for more information.
, a Fulbright Scholar in Music, is an experienced performer in the fields of Jazz, Latin, New Music and Dance. He is equally at home playing solo or with larger groups. John began his professional career in Portland in 1975 and was active in the very busy jazz scene at that time. He moved to N.Y. in 1981 and was there less than a year before receiving an '85 gig tour of Holland and Belgium with Dutch pianist Rene Van Helsdingen. Remaining in Holland until 1987 John recorded 2 L.P.s. At this time he performed at various festivals and clubs in Holland Belgium, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Returning to N.Y. in 1988 John played regularly in the local club scene as well as performing for the Young Audiences program in schools around N.Y. While performing at New Music America Festival 1988 in Miami John met Peruvian dancer Luciana Proaño, which led to regular performances in Peru as her musical director. In 1991 John received a Fulbright Grant to Peru where he performed solo concerts and taught jazz workshops in the conservatories of Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, Trujillo and Chiclayo. He also studied Afro-Peruvian music with Carlos Hayre. In 1994 John returned to make his home base in Portland from where he has continued to perform nationally and internationally. Visit for more information.
's performing career spans over twenty-five years and includes solo concerts, radio and television appearances, dance and song accompaniment, and recording sessions. Wolfe has toured extensively throughout North America with: Teo Morca, Ensemble Español, Lola Montes Dance Company, Zorongo Flamenco, and others. Internationally he has performed in Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Germany, and as an accompanist performed with some of Spain's best dancers, such as: Manolete, Manolo Marin, and Jose Galvan, as well as singers such as: Agujetas and Manolo Leiva. In 1983 he presented and directed his first flamenco theatre production, for which he conceived the choreographic themes and performed his original music. Since then he has produced several flamenco concerts featuring his original compositions. He has also been the recipient of grants from the government of Spain, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Arts Midwest. Wolfe is also principal guitarist and composer for the American-Spanish Dance Festival, held in Chicago annually. One of the music groups that Wolfe founded was 'Machete,' a flamenco-fusion, playing his compositions and arrangements, and in 1993 released his first album, which highlights his ability to blend a variety of influences and musical styles. In 2001, Wolfe returned to Spain to revisit Sevilla and Jerez de la Frontera, known as the "cradle" of pure flamenco style. He spent last year living and performing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and currently resides, teaches, and performs in Portland, Ore.
is a Latin American Folk Music ensemble representing traditional and contemporary styles of Spanish-speaking America. They have toured all over the United States, Mexico, Canda and Europe for over 14 years. The group has been selected for the Young Audiences of Oregon roster since 1993 and for the RACC roster since 1999. Condor has showcase for Arts Northwest, WAAA and NACA. Condor members are natives of Bolivia and Mexico. Condor play traditional instruments from Latin America such as the Zamponas (panflutes), Bombo (bass drum), and the charango (little string guitar) originally from the Andes.
With almost six years of playing together in various styles, the players of Sambafeat
come together trying something new. In their repertoire spanning from 1960's Brazilian bossa nova to renovated groove oriented Latin American standards, these three work to find new presentations of familiar. Jerome Monaco's vocals warm the lounge and brighten the ambience as pianist Steve Aman's montunos and bassist Anthony Wagner's tumbao spin a web of rhythmic intricacies from which Monaco's voice and guitar radiate. Sambafeat experiments with the various perussive elements of their three instruments to create a dynamic musical space. With rhythmic intrigue, funky outbursts, and subtle soundscapes their music soothes and entertains lounge sippers. Somewhere between jazz, latin, and modern groove lies the music of this fresh and capable trio. Visit for more information.
The Tracy Kim Trio
captures all the vital elements of gypsy jazz, which are passionate improvisations, complex romantic chord progressions and incessant swing. Get ready for a musical journey as the trio will take you from the smoky bistros of pre-war France to the ballrooms of 1940's America to the breezy beaches of Brazil, all performed with a seamless flair and sense of swing. The trio consists of Tracy Kim on lead guitar, Dax Smith on upright bass, and Joseph Kim on rhythm guitar.
Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Danny Romero
is widely regarded as a local treasure. Coming from a musical family, Danny began playing the guitar with various members
of his large and musically oriented family at age 7 however, it was through the discovery of classical and Flamenco music at age 15 that Danny Romero
discovered his true voice on the instrument. Having immersed himself fully in the music of J.S. Bach and Paco de Lucia, he began studies with a myriad of accomplished players throughout the Pacific Northwest. It was not long before Danny found himself playing in the theatre, backing Flamenco dancers and playing with a NW favorite, "Pepe & the Bottle Blondes". His music has led him to the Montreal Jazz Festival, features with the Oregon Symphony and various concerts across North America and Europe.
The harmonically rich style of feeling (in Spanish, 'filin') music is Cuba’s inspired response to American blues and jazz. Playing on the English word “feeling,” Cubans have aptly named this emotional genre. Jessie Marquez
and Mike Denny
carry on the musical conversation between genres and languages at the intersection of feeling, jazz, blues and samba. Singer, Jessie Marquez
, has performed throughout Cuba by invitation of the Cuban Ministry of Culture in the country’s premier festivals, theatres, nightclubs, and on national television and radio.Mike Denny
has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He is a professor of jazz studies at the University of Oregon and has recordings out on Seattle’s Origin Arts label under his own name and with keyboardist Barney McClure. The duo’s recent CD release is called, “Get the Feeling.”
Scott Head's unique solo performance, Musica Melodia
, weaves beautiful English, Spanish and Portuguese vocals with an elegant and accomplished performance on the guitar, trumpet and flute. He is strongly influenced by virtuosos such as Strunz and Farah, Paco de Lucia, Paco Pena, and John Mcglaughlin. In addition to studying and performing abroad in Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Portugal, and Spain for over five years, Scott's genres and styles provide a full spectrum of Latin flavors. Coming originally from the Columbia River Gorge, Scott — at an early age — lead the horn section, provided guitar work, vocals, and flute for a nine-piece Latin funk band 'Luna Rise,' for which he co-wrote much of its original material. For the next two years, Scott performed and co-wrote original material in Latin classical guitar duet 'El Duet,' based out of Hood River, Oregon. Now in Portland, Scott presents his solo performance, Musica Melodia. With his extensive Latin background and strengths in multiple Latin instruments, Scott's performance is a one-of-a-kind, authentic experience. Utilizing the technology of a loop sampler, Scott can record himself live and place a rhythm track or chord progression on a repeating loop, enabling him to either pick up another instrument or play another guitar melody line or harmony over the top of the loop. With his outstanding ability on multiple instruments, the result is an authentic and live blending of instrumentation and beautiful harmonies, allowing Musica Melodia to be a One Man Duet, Trio, Quartet or Jazz Combo piece. Scott is currently performing throughout the Portland area. Visit his website
for more information.
Na Mesa is an eclectic ensemble that plays original and world music. They specialize in a lively style
called choro, one of the earliest genres unique to urban Brazil. The intricate rhythms and beautiful
melodies are rendered with a unique instrumentation. Na Mesa aims to fuse the sounds of Rio de
Janeiro with a distinct Portland sensibility. From break-neck tempos to smoldering serenades, Na Mesa
produces an irresistible groove. Visit their website for more information at NaMesaMusic.com
The Dan DiResta Quartet was started by Dan DiResta, a guitarist who wrote and played in the hiphop band Copacrescent. Dan has also played in several local Portland bands: Black Notes, Siren's Echo, Barry Hampton, Ray Frazier, C4 Influenz, Sambafeat and has played throughout the West Coast, sharing the stage with Grouch of Living Legends, The Wailers, Ozomatli, Luciano, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Grey Matter, Soliloquists of Sound and many more. The Dan DiResta Quartet plays a mix of instrumental jazz, funk and brazilian pop reminiscent of Seu Jorge, The Meters and Soulive. The quartet includes drummer Jesse Brooke, keyboardist Steve Aman and bassist Anthony Wagner. For more information, visit direstamusic.com