I was born and raised in Lima, Peru. I moved to New Orleans in 1979, then moved to Boston in 1981, I studied guitar with Mordy Ferber and Oscar Stagnaro, played with the Leo Islas Quintet, John Payne, Grupo Galaxia,etc. I moved back to New Orleans in 1991 where I took lessons with Hank Mackie,I also took a couple of lessons with the great Richie Zellon, I've played with: Brasilliance, Acoustic Swiftness, Elegant Gypsy, Anaconda, Bob Folse, Fuego, Samba Rio, Casa Samba, Hector Gallardo and his Songo Allstars, Joe Canoura's Jazz Trio, K*** Bonilla's Latin Jazz, Otra, Los Vecinos, Asheson, Mas Mamones, Mayabeque, Ricardo Crespo, Cubanismo, Mark Bingham's New Orleans Jazz Allstars, Impulso, Shango, Ancestro,John Boutte and The Yockamo Allstars, Patrice Fisher's Arpa,etc.. I've played guitar and bass and arranged and sometimes directed "Fredy Omar con su Banda". I've performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival every year for the last 16 years as a freelance musician. I've played with or opened for: Cubanismo, Tito puente, Eddie Palmieri, Ruben Blades, Gilberto SantaRosa, Maraca, Teatro Milenio, Poncho Sanchez, Arturo Sandoval, Los Van Van, Manolin "El Doctor De La Salsa", Ricardo Lemvo, Los Sobrinos Del Juez, Peru Mestizo, Jimmy Buffet's Millenium Party..etc.. I've performed at Cafe Brasil, Cafe Istambul, Blue Nile, House of Blues, Tipitinas, Ray's Over The River, Ray's Boom Boom Room, Snug Harbor, Cafe Satora, Vaquero's, Banditos, Apple Barrel, Tulane university, Loyola University, WWOZ Radio Station, Channel 4, The Voodoo Festival, etc.
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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