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Education: Dimas Sánchez and the Afro Latin Jazz Project
March 4 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Join percussionists and Dimas Sanchez (Puerto Rico) and Thobos Lubamba (Congo) for a master class and concert! The two musicians will be joined by professor Eric Wright for a discussion of
rhythms from Congo and their influence in the Afro Puerto Rican genre known as Bomba as well other Caribbean rhythms. Following the master class, enjoy an evening of music by Dimas Sanchez and the Afro Latin Jazz Project.
7:30 pm master class
8:30 pm concert by Dimas Sanchez and the Afro Latin Jazz Project.
Mauricio Rodriguez – Bass
Mariano Morales – Piano
Zach Bornheimer – Sax
Jochy Rodriguez – Trumpet
Anthony Velazquez – Percussion
Dimas Sanchez – Drums and Percussion
Special guest Nora Lee Garcia – Flute
Dimas Sanchez is a Puerto Rican-born drummer and percussionist living in the city of Orlando, FL. Some of the musical styles in which he has worked are Blues, Jazz, Country, Latin Jazz, Rock, Bomba, Plena, Funk, Samba Bossa Nova and Big Band among others.
He studied with musicians such as Tony Sánchez, Keith Copeland, Ignacio Berroa, Ángel “Cachete” Maldonado among others and was able to study Afro-Puerto Rican folklore when he participated in the 1980s with La Familia Cepeda, one of the most important families in that style.
Dimas has played with the following musicians and groups: David Sánchez; Giovanni Hidalgo; Eddie “GuaGua” Rivera; Milly Puente; Nestor Torres; Anthony Carrillo; Iba A Se; Gabriel Hernández; Edsel Gómez, “The Cepeda Family”; Eric Figueroa; Lucecita Benítez; Juancito Torres; Chuchito Valdés; Ray Coén; Tito Puente, Jr; Marty Morell, Xavier Cougat Orchestra among others. With Eddie “GuaGua” Rivera he produced two Latin Jazz recordings and another one with his own group, Fusión Beat.
He participated in the following festivals; Mundo Latino (Paris), SunFest (West Palm Beach), Clearwater Jazz Festival, Toros y Salsa (France), Folklore Festival of Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Cultural Festival (Guadalupe). With his group, he played at Ventana Al Jazz Orlando, the Pensacola Jazz Festival and the Tallahassee Florida Jazz & Blues Festival.
He participated in the following percussion clinics or master classes: “Contemporary Drums and Percussion Summer Camp” in 2008 and 2012 at the University of Central Florida as an artist for Pearl Drums Corporation. Musicians of the caliber of Horacio “El Negro” Hernández and Alex Acuña also participated in those camps. In July 2017 at Punto Fijo, Centro de Bellas Artes with Jesús Cepeda and in 2019 a Latin percussion clinic, with renowned drummer Marty Morell, at the “Timucua Arts Foundation.
Professor Wright is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles with degrees in Music (B.A.) and African Area Studies (M.A.) After pursuing studies towards an advanced degree in History, he worked for the African Studies Association before earning a Master’s Degree in Music from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
He has taught courses in Humanities and History at Valencia College since 2004. He has also taught in the Music Department at Bethune-Cookman University and the Africana Studies Program at UCF with occasional courses at Kaplan University, Columbia College, and Seminole State College.
His current academic interests focus on social memory and the evolution of African American culture and music. He has published articles on trumpet pedagogy and presented papers and lectures on African American music and culture at UCF and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).
In addition to teaching at Valencia College, he remains active as a musical performer in Central Florida. He has toured and performed all around the world in a variety musical settings with orchestras, jazz bands, and salsa bands. Visit his personal website for occasional updates about his research in trumpet performance and jazz studies at erxmuse.com.
Thobos is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo where he began playing percussion at the age of 6.
He founded the percussion/dance group Ballet Institut Des Beaux Arts and co-founded the group Tuta-NGoma. He later created NGoma I NGoma (“ a drum is a drum”) where he began to experiment with different rhythms.
Thobos left his native Africa for Orlando, FL to work at Disney’s Epcot Center with a percussion group called Tam Tam Africa and they continue to performing at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. He also was a member of Umoja, a world beat group that performed nightly at Universal City Walk. Since being in the United States, Thobos has toured and worked with many professional artist including Jimmy Buffet and Conga Master Giovanni Hidalgo. Thobos also teaches dance and the art of Tam Tam drumming.
Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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