In collaboration with the A Call 2Peace Foundation
Catina DeLuna Trio
International Recording Artist Catina DeLuna and L.A.’s highly acclaimed arranger/producer Otmaro Ruiz present some selections of their GRAMMY nominated CD Catina DeLuna & Lado B Brazilian Project Featuring Otmaro Ruiz and fresh takes on selected Brazilian repertoire. Focusing on some of the most elegant and moving compositions spanning from the early 20th Century to the present, the band travels through true rare gems of Brazilian music history, as well as boldly arranged new renditions of iconic themes, bringing a wide set of modern Brazilian Jazz.
Featuring A+ LA Session Players, LADO B Brazilian Project breaks the notion of Brazilian repertoire beyond the Carnival and Festive Stereotypes, bringing to the stage an intimate trio format that includes Otmaro Ruiz on piano and Roberto Montero on guitar.
Otmaro 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.
Brazilian musician, composer and producer, living in Los Angeles for 22 years, has been working on studio, live, tv and film projects, as well as teaching for over 30 years. Roberto has performed on NBC’s The Voice, The Tonight Show, Honorary Oscars, as well as in other venues across the United States & other countries and continents; he worked on the soundtrack of Century Fox movie Rio 2, Walt Disney Mickey Mouse In Carnaval and other films. Montero believes that music – and art in general – has the ultimate role of bringing all of us together in peace, and can have a positive impact in our lives.