KCC Productions and the Van Dyke Cafe present the Roberto Quintero Ensemble 10/20/11

KCC Productions and the Van Dyke Cafe present the Roberto Quintero Ensemble
Thursday, October 20, at 9 PM
The Van Dyke
846 Lincoln Road
South Beach

For more information, call 305-534-3600 or visit thevandykecafe.com. Featured are Roberto Quintero, percussion, Alturio Mora, piano, Pablo Gil, sax, Rolando Grooscors, guitar, Reinier Guerra, drums, and Agustin Conti, bass.

Roberto Quintero was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where he was surrounded by Afro-Venezuelan and Afro-Cuban music. His father, a respected composer, singer and percussionist in his native country tutored and encouraged Robert on percussion through his adolescent years. Roberto comes from a long line of outstanding musicians, which includes his Uncle Carlos “Nene” Quintero and cousin Luisito Quintero. Roberto studied at conservatory of music in Caracas-Venezuela and Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Venezuela.

His percussion style and technique soon captured the attention of his colleagues. He soon joined the popular music ensemble of his hometown, Grupo Madera and Oscar D’Leon, where he enjoyed worldwide exposure. Besides being known for his skillful conga work, Roberto also plays bongos, drum set, djembe, timbales and wide variety of assorted percussion instruments.

Roberto has worked with the likes of, Dave Samuels, Dave Weckel, Steve Khan, Diane Schuur, Richard Bona, Gato Barbieri, Eddie Palmieri, Jack Dejohnette, John Patitucci, Roy Hargrove, Paquito De Rivera, Joe Lovano, Ravi Coltrane, Xavier Cougar big band, Dave Valentin, Nestor Torres, Gary Morgan, Marc Anthony, Timbalaye band, Celia Cruz, Spanish Harlem Orchestra and countless other high-profile music acts. Quintero is comfortable performing in various genres of music from Latin, Latin jazz, to Symphonic music. He’s even recorded on two Grammy-winning records and another that was nominated. Not bad for a soft-spoken percussionist from Venezuela.

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