THE ARTISTS - THE GROUP
MIGUEL CHUCK RODRIGUEZ
BASS - LEADER
In 1990 he began to study music. He graduated from the Escuela Libre de Música with a contrabass degree in 1998. He studied with Rich Appleman, coordinator of the Bass department at the Berklee College of Music, when he did a stay in Mexico (Xalapa, Veracruz, 1998). Marc Berthoumieux, Osmany Paredes, Damien Schmitt, Jeff Cof n, Tom Coster, Gabriel Hernández, Hans Tammen, Ursel Urslicht, Dave Turner y Ollan Christopher Bell. He has attended several workshops and clinics at colleges such as McGill and Concordia, in Canada during 2005-2006. Some of the musicians he has worked with are: Marc Berthoumieux, Osmany Paredes, Damien Schmitt, Jeff Cof n, Tom Coster, Gabriel Hernández, Hans Tammen, Ursel Urslicht, Dave Turner, and Ollan Christopher Bell.
EDGAR DE LA TORRE
He started playing guitar at 12 up in Tijuana, Baja California. He majored in jazz guitar at the Escuela Superior de Música in Mexico City. He attend- ed courses at the Centro Hispano- americano de Guitarra, Tijuana, the Settlement Music School, Philadelphia PA. and the New School University, Nueva York. He taught jazz guitar at the Universidad Veracruzana (JazzUV), Xalapa, Veracruz.
Mexican drummer who is active in the national Jazz scene, he has performed in most of the cultural fests within Mexico, as well as at some others in the USA, South Ameri- ca, and Europe. He has played as a session musician in over 20 recordings edited and distributed in Mexico and abroad with Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (Abraxas/John Zorn), Aarón Cruz, Marc Berthoumieux, Miguel “Chuck” Rodríguez, Eyal Maoz (Abraxas), Inebrigt Haker Flaten (Atomic), Alex Mercado, Todd Clouser (A love electric), and Tony Grey (Hiromi), just to name a few. At the moment, he plays in projects like Xuc Trio, Iraida Noriega, JAB, Chuck Project, Federico Sánchez, Esteban Herrera Trio, Magnet Animals, Todd Clouser’s Futuredance, and Martin.
He was born in Mexico City. He graduated from the Conservatorio de Música del Estado de México where he received his degree in Percussions. In 2000 he took further lessons at La Habana, Cuba, with professors Roberto Concepción and Inor Sotolongo. In 2003 he attend- ed the XX International Antique Music Course with Jordi Savall at Sant Feliú de Guixols, Catalunya. He received the FONCA “Jóvenes Creadores” grant for the 2015-2016 period. He has played with international artists such as Cyro Baptista, Todd Clouser, Daniel Jodocy, and Marc Berthomeaux; as well as within Mexican projects. Today he lives in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas and teaches vibraphone at the Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas.
This early musician came to the stage at the age of eleven. A few years later, he was soon noticed by the jazz musicians of the French stage and by the middle of the song. He performs with his own band and with artists from all walks of life such as Didier Lockwood, Charles Aznavour, Harry Belafonte, Patrick Bruel, Youn Sun Nah and many others… He plays in the quartet of Dee Dee Bridgewater for one Tour of more than two hundred concerts. His talents as a composer and recognized melodist lead him to write for the image, the show and the song, notably for Claude Nougaro, Richard Bona or Grand Corps Malade. His first album “Les Couleurs d’ici” (1998) named to the Django d’Or, and his two albums “Jazz / No Jazz” Volume 1 & Volume 2 (2004) reveal him with an originality, a musicality Unusual. In 2011, he released his album “In Other Words” recorded with Giovanni Mirabassi, Henri Texier and André Ceccarelli. Lately, he has collaborated with many artists of the song like Maurane, Serge Lama, Andréa Bocelli, Placido Domingo, Grégoire, Zaz, Julien Clerc…
In 1990, I went to New York and through the teachings of enlighted beings like Sheila Jordan, Mimi Ditz and Bob Norton, all of them teachers at City College. In 1993, I returned to Mexico city with a great need to connect with my roots, and with modern Mexico playing with musicians of very different genres, in all kinds of venues, that go from Bellas Artes, to pop theatre Metropolitan, to Sala Nezahualcoyotol, Lunario, and all kinds of clubs and festivals in the country. I`ve sung in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Houston, Colombia and Spain.
Lulled by the Indian Ocean’s bedtime stories, growing up at the Reunion Island, just by he coast of Madagascar, Flora has been getting on and off stage since early childhood. With a spontaneous personality and a creative temperament, Flora begins her profes- sional career at 16 as a studio accompanist and touring with some of most notorious artists from the Island scene like Dominique Barret, Meddy Gerville and Clarice Técher. Some years later Flora moves to Paris and gets her sing- ing and teaching diploma at the contemporary music school ATLA. Flora is now active with her dif- ferent formats at the jazz circuit of the Mexican Jazz festivals