Music of the Americas

  1. Martin Bejerano

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    Jazz pianist Martin Bejerano is assistant professor of jazz piano at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.  A native of Miami, Florida, Bejerano is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts, Florida State University, and the University of Miami (M.M., Jazz Piano Performance).  After winning third place in the prestigious 1999 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, he moved to New York City and joined the quartet of…

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  2. Fantine

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    Fluent in Russian, Spanish, English, and French, Fantine is a unique talent with a musical style that reflects her cultural diversity, and is described as a fusion of indie and electro soul. Fantine sees her passion for music as an outlet for self-expression, and this is observed in the great emphasis she places on the lyrics she writes, hoping in that way to connect with all those who listen to her.

    Fantine first broke out on the…

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  3. Sammy Figueroa

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    Percussionist Sammy Figueroa is considered one of the world’s great musicians. In a career spanning over 30 years he has played with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, the Brecker Brothers, Mariah Carey, David Bowie, John McLaughlin, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Chaka Khan, Blues Traveler, Ashford and Simpson, Natalie Merchant and countless others. He has also co-produced several albums; most notably for the Cuban a cappella group Vocal…

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  4. Gaby Moreno

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    2013 Latin Grammy Award winner of Best New Artist Gaby Moreno blends blues, Latin, and soul-folk music into elegant harmonies and unexpected timbres. The singer-songwriter’s career has taken her to the most historic theaters in Europe, North America, Argentina, Brazil and Australia, and festivals including Denmark’s Roskilde, the Netherlands’ Harleem Jazz Festival, and Jazz à Vienne in France. She has appeared on the...

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  5. Glaucia Nasser

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    Singer Glaucia Nasser has enchanted audiences in Brazil and abroad, earning critical praise from notable musicians such as Nelson Motta, Roberto Menescal, and Ivan Lins. She has partnered with Chico Amaral, Carlos Rennó, Carlos Careqa, Chico César, Alexandre Lemos, Rodrigo Bergamota, Magno Melo, Edu Krieger, André Abujamra, and Márcio Nigro, and continues a partnership with multi-awarded percussionist Sammy Figueroa.

    Nasser’s…

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  6. Rafael Padrón

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    Cuban born guitarist, Rafael Padrón, is director of the Guitar Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is also a lecturer in the Department of Instrumental Performance. Padrón has won top prizes in many national and international competitions and has been featured in many international guitar festivals throughout the world. He has also performed as a soloist with orchestras in Cuba, Chile, Venezuela, Costa Rica,…

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  7. Federico Musgrove Stetson

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    Guitarist Federico Musgrove Stetson started playing his instrument at the age of 12. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he moved to Miami in 2001 to pursue a career in music. Although initially trained as an electric guitarist, his focus moved to classical guitar, and in 2007, he graduated from the University of Miami Frost School of Music with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance.

    In 2011, Musgrove Stetson became the first…

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  8. Leon “Foster” Thomas

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    Virtuosic steel pan musician Leon “Foster” Thomas has appeared worldwide, playing with such diverse artists as Melton Mustafa, Nathan Davis, Richard Smallwood, Nicole Henry, Dolly Parton, Cyril Neville, Mighty Sparrow, and Richard Bailey, to name a few. 

    A native of Trinidad, Thomas credits the pan yards of Trinidad and Tobago for his initial musical training. In 2002 and again in 2004, he won the titles of World Steelband Music…

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Music of the Americas