Hobbies

I play saxophone, flute and the recorder.  Jazz, latin jazz , classical music (in particular impressionism and Russian composers from The Five) and 80's pop/rock music are my favorite genres.  As originally from the Northern Caribbean region of Colombia (which shares a similar cultural background with Panama, Venezuela and the Spanish-speaking islands of the Caribbean such as Puerto Rico, Cuba and Dominican Republic), I grew up listening to cumbia (both traditional and modern, not to be confused with the Mexican version, theirs sounds a little different), porros, fandangos, vallenato, salsa and merengue, which are genres that I also like to listen.

  • I currently play tenor sax with the Columbus Community Orchestra.
  • When I lived in NM, I was member of the NNMC Community Big Band, lead by Dan Borton (2014) and Matt Leder (2013). Playing with this big band was a tremendous experience!! I was fortunate also to have Dan and Matt as improvisation teachers while I was there.  We played once with NEA Jazz Master Jason Marsalis on a concert. In the video below I'm playing the lead on Gentle Rain.
  • I was also member of Julepe a group that plays tropical/latin american music in Santa Fe, NM. In this video we're playing a well-known song in Colombia called "La Piragua".
  • When I was an undergraduate student at Universidad del Norte, I was part of of Ethnia Latin & Jazz, an extracurricular group open to all UniNorte students, but at that time it had as majority Engineering students. Very fortunate to have these guys as my friends, with most of us having the opportunity to pursue graduate school in USA and Europe. Here we are still playing together in 2005.

Of this group I want to highlight the following people: 
  • Oskar Lara, Ph. D. (piano) who produces his own music and also works as a Data Scientist for IBM
  • Rodney Gomez (congas) who works for Apple
  • Katherine Lugo (oboe) who is an entrepreneur
  • Javier Brujes (clarinet) currently on his Ph.D. at Mittuniversitetet (Sweden)
  • Jose David Posada, Ph.D. (trumpet) currently a Senior Clinical Researcher at Stanford Stanford