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OTMARO RUIZ trio
OTMARO RUIZ is a Multi Grammy Nominated pianist, keyboardist and arranger born in Venezuela and a resident of LA for the last 30 years. Otmaro has toured most recently with Randy Brecker & Bill Evans’ SoulBop, with Simon Phillips’ Protocol 4 and with Billy Cobham. Keeping versatility as his biggest asset, Mr, Ruiz has performed from Latin Jazz with Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente to Rock Pop with Robbie Robertson and Gino Vannelli; from Straight Ahead Jazz as Dianne Reeves' Musical director, Frank Morgan and Billy Higgins' Quartet to the most exciting Electric Fusion with John McLaughlin, Frank Gambale and the band Protocol. Otmaro has 6 Solo CD releases and, in the local LA scene, has participated in many recordings and film soundtracks. Otmaro was an adjunct jazz piano faculty at USC, Shepherd University and earned an Honorary Doctorate in Music in 2012.
SEZIN AHMET TÜRKMENOGLU, originally from Turkey, studied at Istanbul Fine Arts department and Bilgi University. In 2012 Ahmet came to study at USC and since then has performed and recorded with Alan Pasqua, Otmaro Ruiz, Israel Varela, Sylvia Brook, Alex Acuña, Jimmy Branly, Aubrey Logan, Will Brahm, Stanley Jordan, Michelle Coltrane, Lee Ritenour, Todd Hunter, Nick Mancini, Kandace Springs, Lindsey Webster and started composition studies with maestro Vince Mendoza.
EURO ZAMBRANO, multi Latin Grammy Award nominee, is a Venezuelan Drummer, Music Producer, Percussionist and Educator who resides in Los Angeles, California. He is currently part of the band of the living legend Stevie Wonder. With only six years old he began to play Afro-Caribbean percussion instruments. At age of eight he began his professional career with local groups in his hometown and a few years later he was already performing with national and international artists. Euro has recorded hundreds of music productions including CDs and DVDs, has been music director, drummer and/or percussionist in concerts and recordings of international artists such as: Stevie Wonder, Celia Cruz, Cheo Feliciano, José Luis Rodríguez “El Puma”, Franco de Vita, Oscar de León, Ricardo Montaner, Gloria Trevi, The Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Gabriela Cartulano, Munyungo Jackson, Colin Hay, Abraham Laboriel, Israel Houghton, Adrienne Bailon, Becky G, Prince Royce, David Pack, Luis Conte, Angelo Pagan, Oskar Cartaya, Alex Acuña, Pedro Eustache, Jimmy Haslip, Tommy Walker, La Santa Cecilia, Guy Manoukian, María Conchita Alonso, José Alberto “El Canario”, Oscar Hernández, Frank Quintero, Yordano, among many others. He has also performed in TV Shows, International Festivals and Awards such as Latin Grammy Awards, The Real TV Show, Latin American Music Awards, Balon de Oro Awards, Spotify Live Sessions, Global Citizens Festival, among many others.