TEACHERS

Elvin Rodriguez

Entrenamiento Armónico del oído, Musicalidad, Teoría, Arreglo, Guitarra

Gustavo Rodriguez

Encargado del Departamento de Estudios de Teclado, Teoría, Arreglo, Piano.

Daniel Indart

Producción para Libreria de Música, Emprendimiento para la industria de la música.

Manuel Tejada

Encargado de Relaciones con la Industria de la Música, Arreglo

Corey Allen

Director Académico de la Escuela Internacional de Música Contemporánea (UNPHU)

Federico Mendez

Coordinador del Departamento de Guitarra, Teoría, Historia del Jazz, Arreglo, Guitarra, Ensambles.

Corey Allen

ACADEMIC DIRECTOR OF THE ESCUELA INTERNACIONAL DE MUSICA CONTEMPORANEA

Composer, arranger, music theorist, author, producer, orchestrator and co-founder  of the International School of Contemporary Music. Corey received a Bachelor of Music (BM) degree (Cum Laude), in composition from Berklee College of Music and is a master’s degree candidate from the University of Southern California, he studied  conducting with Atilio Poto and composition with Thomas Oboe Lee.

As a producer, performer, composer and arranger, his work appears on recordings in genres as diverse as jazz, R&B, Latin jazz, film music, classical, house, pop, gospel, fusion, and musical theater. Corey is a founding member of the LA Jazz Trio, which recorded 21 CDs and appeared with a variety of jazz artists. His film and TV show credits include the title music for the film “Live Nude Girls”, music for the documentary “The Power and the Glory”, music for the film “Just Cause”, (starring Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne), and several shows on the Showtime and Biography channels.

Mr. Allen has worked with: The Manhattan Transfer, Chuck Mangione, Kevin Mahogany, Lou Rawls, Dianne Reeves, Arif Mardin, Kim Bassinger, Scott Bakula, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Buster Williams, Danny Gottlieb, Arthur Fiedler, Bob Berg , Eric Gale, Dave Koz, Bill Holman, John Patitucci, Brian Bromberg, Richie Cole, Alex Acuña, Grant Geissman, Kenny Barron, James Moody, Carol Welsman, Frank Gambale, David Sanchez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Don Alias and Nestor Torres ​​among many others. As a music director/conductor, Corey has conducted countless studio orchestras from Los Angeles to Monte Carlo.

His arrangements for vocal ensembles have been recorded by vocal groups around the world, including: M-Pact (USA), Suite Voice (Japan), and Vocalese (Spain). The Manhattan Transfer has recorded a number of Corey’s arrangements for orchestra, notably with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under Eric Kunzel and the City of Prague Symphony Orchestra under Corey.

As an educator, Corey taught at the Berklee College of Music, (1980-1985, 2002-2004). Since 1983, when Corey served on Berklee’s Core Music Curriculum Committee, he has continued to develop music curricula for music programs in the United States and abroad. He has offered master classes in music theory and arranging at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, the University of Oregon, Milligan College, the University of Maine, the Conservatoire de Lausanne (Switzerland) and the Hochschule für Musik in Aachen, Hannover and Hamburg. (Germany)

Silvestre “Sly” de Moya

CAREER COORDINATOR, ENSEMBLES, DRUMS.

Silvestre “Sly” De Moya is a co-founder of the International School of Contemporary Music. He graduated (Cum Laude) from the Berklee College of Music earning two BA degrees – one in performance (Drums) and another in Music Business. He was the winner in the category “Arrangements for live music”, for Distinctions: Talent Show 1995, 1996 and 1997, nominated 5 times for the Youth Award and winner of the Juan Pablo Duarte Bicentennial Award in 2014, nominated for Man of the Year (Diario Libre 2014 and 2015).

His first CD, “Sly de Moya & The Latin Bars” was #1 on the Caribbean Jazz Chart of Dominican Republic on Reverbnation for over 6 years (2010-2016), his second CD Caribbean Jazz Collective was #2 on the Caribbean Jazz Charts on Reverbnation for more than 2 years (2015-2017).

FEDERICO MENDEZ

COORDINATOR OF THE GUITAR DEPARTMENT, THEORY, HISTORY OF JAZZ, ARRANGING, GUITAR, ENSEMBLES.

Guitarist, arranger and producer born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Federico Méndez is a graduate of The University of Georgia and Berklee College of Music with degrees in Performance and Professional Music.

Federico has developed an important career as a guitarist and as a music and guitar teacher. He is currently Coordinator of the Guitar Department at the UNPHU International School of Music. 

He was also part of the faculty of the National Conservatory of Music of the Dominican Republic for several years.

He has recorded with national and international artists, including José Feliciano’s Grammy-winning album “Señor Bachata”. Other important artists with whom he has collaborated are: Danny Rivera, Cumbia Kings, Olga Tañón, Gissel, Andy Andy, Jandy Feliz, Johnny Ventura, Jandy Ventura, Frank Ceara, Maridalia Hernández, Adalgisa Pantaleón, Patricia Pereyra, Los Hermanos Rosario, Eddy Herrera, Los Ilegales, Héctor Acosta “El Torito”, Sergio Vargas, Alex Matos, Chiquito Teamband, La New York Band, Cherito Jiménez, Fernando Villalona, ​​La Revolución Salsera, La Sofie de Puerto Rico, Braulio and others.

Federico Méndez works with all the important producers in the Dominican Republic. To mention a few: Jorge Solano, Jorge Taveras, Víctor Taveras, Manuel Tejada, Penbian Sang, Víctor Wile and Janina Rosado. Within the Jazz scene he has participated in concerts and productions with the leading exponents of the genre in the Dominican Republic and some internationally, and currently has his own group, the “Fede Méndez Jazz Combo”. Standout artists include Ed Calle, Arturo Sandoval, Penbian Sang’s “Retro Jazz” group, Sly De Moya and the Latin Bars, and Sandy Gabriel.

Pengbian Sang

Theory, Arrangement, Bass

Pengian was born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, the son of a Chinese immigrant who from a very young age made Santiago his home. He completed his primary studies at the Colegio Salvador Cucurullo, and at the Colegio de la Salle. He later obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the Pontificia Universidad Madre y Maestra.

 

From an early age he showed his inclination for music, beginning his first musical studies at the José Ovidio García Musical School, known as the School of Fine Arts, and later studied cello at the Santo Domingo National Conservatory of Music.

 

In 1984 he went to Boston to study at the famed Berklee College of Music, where he obtained a Professional Diploma in Commercial Arrangement, achieving Magna Cum Laude.

 

He has composed the music for important Dominican films, including “Nueba Yol” and “Perico Ripiao”. As a musical arranger he has worked with prominent Dominican artists such as Milly Quezada, Maridalia Hernández, Mickey Taveras, Sergio Vargas, Frank Ceara, Félix D’Oleo and Joseguillermo, among others. For two consecutive years he served as Musical Director of the program «Que Viva el Merengue!». He was also the musical director of the first installment of the Eduardo Brito Song Festival and the show «Caminantes por la Vida» in its installments in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

He was founder and co-director, along with Maestro Crispín Fernández, of the Santo Domingo Jazz Big Band, considered by critics to be the «flagship» of jazz groups in our country. He has performed alongside musicians of the stature of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Arturo Sandoval and Eumir Deodato.

In 2004, he was the winner of the Best Arrangement Award at the Second World Song Festival, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

He has been nominated several times for the Casandra and Soberano awards in the “Arregist of the Year” category, and in 2014 he was awarded the Soberano Award in the Album of the Year category, for the record production “Jazzeando el Cancionero Dominicano, Vol 1 ” of the Retro Jazz group, which he directs. With this group he has participated in important Jazz festivals, among them the Barranquijazz Jazz Festival, the Mompox Jazz Festival, the Panama Jazz Festival and the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival.

Gustavo Rodriguez

IN CHARGE OF THE KEYBOARD, THEORY, ARRANGEMENT AND PIANO STUDIES DEPARTMENT.

Gustavo Adolfo Rodriguez Zorrilla, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is a Jazz pianist, producer, composer, arranger, music director and music teacher.

He studied at The Grove School of Music, Los Angeles, California (1986-1989). He has participated in the Panyard Jazz Ramajay Music Fest (Trinidad, Tobago), Puerto Plata Jazz Fest, Casa de Teatro Jazz Fest, Jazz Restauración, sharing stages with great figures such as Ed Calle, David Sanchez, Oscar Stagnaro, Ramon Vazques, Sandy Gabriel among others. others. He is the composer of the soundtracks of various Dominican films and shows in the main hall of the National Theater.

Silvestre A. de Moya Saba

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, MUSIC BUSINESS, ROCK HISTORY, Organization of events

Construction entrepreneur, promoter, politician, educator and co-founder of both the International School of Contemporary Music and the Committee for the Implementation of Global Change Research of the Inter-American Institute (IAI). He is a member of the National Commission for the Monitoring of Signed Land Agreements (Brazil), and Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Health Ecology. 

De Moya Saba has participated as manager of important civil and port projects throughout the Dominican Republic, in both the public and private sectors. 

He recently coordinated the interior construction of the UCNE complex and the design and construction of the School of Music (UNPHU) facilities.

Since 2004 Silvestre has produced and promoted the shows of Chuck Mangione, Calle 54 (Paquito D’Rivera, Elián Elías, Michael Camilo, Chano Domínguez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio’-‘El Negro Hernández, David Valentine, Jerry Rivera, Anthony Jackson, Marc Walker, Diego Urcola and Mark Johnson, among others). He produced The Caribbean Jazz Tour festival, with performances by Doug Webb, Chuck Bergeron, Corey Allen, José Negroni, Ed Calle, Sly de Moya, Papatín de Castro and July Montes, among others.

Edgar Zambrano

CURRICULAR COORDINATOR, LATIN PERCUSSION, DRUMMER.

Edgar graduated in theology majoring in praise and worship instrumental performance from the University Institute of Theology of Latin America, with musical studies at the Federico Villena School of Music, the National Youth Orchestra and the Conservatory of Music, all in the city of Maracay, Aragua state, Venezuela.

He studied symphonic percussion with professors Omar Plasencia and Edgar Aponte, received private classes with professors Ruben Rebolledo “Introduction to modern harmony” and Euro Zambrano “Introduction to composition”.

He has worked as a music monitor in music therapy sessions with Dr. Irene Specht. His performance as a multi-instrumentalist has provided him with extensive skills for the execution of genres such as salsa, Latin jazz, pop, rock, fusion, ballads, boleros, Brazilian music, traditional Venezuelan music and as an assistant percussionist in the different orchestras and symphonic bands of his country.

His work as an instrumentalist or vocalist can be found in different recordings by artists such as Don Grusin, Frank Quintero, Ilan Chester, Servando y Florentino, Ricardo Montaner, Grupo Menudo, among others. He was part of the staff of musicians of the record project playing land of the Latin World label that involved important artists from all over the continent such as Compay Segundo, Maridalia Hernandez, Oscar Castro Neves, Abraham Laboriel, Alex Acunña, Ramon Stagnaro, under the production and direction of Don Grusin and Frank Quintero.

In almost 40 years of artistic life, he has been part of different bands to accompany artists such as Celia Cruz, Jhonny Pacheco, Maridalia Hernandez, Adalgisa Pantaleón, Ricardo Montaner, Franco De Vita, Oscar De León, Cheo Feliciano, Lenny Andrade, Los Panchos, Armando Manzanero, D’Jango Miguel Ríos, Don Grusin, Jeff Berlin, Danny Rivera and Maria Martha, among others.

He has participated in soundtracks for Latin American films such as «Maroa» by Solveig Hoogstein, music for television programs, advertising music and as a host in radio programs and voice in commercials as an announcer.

His work as a producer and arranger is published by the South American record labels Dimus, Sol music, for the bands Fandango, Dos en punto and Samaria and collaborations as a producer for the Latin World label for the Christian music band Agua viva.

He has participated in some 40 important festivals around the world, he has also participated in master classes or as a speaker at meetings dedicated to his specialty, percussion, in different places in our region.

Hussein Velaides

REPOSITORY COORDINATOR, Auditory Skills, THEORY, GUITAR, ENSEMBLE.

Colombian guitarist, bassist and composer. He studied at the Fernando Sor School of Music and Audio in Colombia with an emphasis on Composition and Session Musician, Jazz Performance at The Collective School of Music New York and a degree in contemporary music at the International School of Contemporary Music – UNPHU with an emphasis on Composition Arrangement and Production. He has studied with renowned musicians on the scene such as: Nate Radley, Sheryl Bailey, Mike Stern, Marko Djordjevic, Kim Plainfield, Sean Conly, Vince Cherico, Bob Quaranta, among others. He has worked and shared the stage with musicians such as La Mecánica Popular, The Lumiphonic Creature Choir, Hillsong United, Moby, Laura Kalop, Broadway Charity Songs, among others.

He has received scholarships from The Collective School of Music and Berklee College of Music, in turn the recognition of Roble Amarillo in the city of Barranquilla, Colombia as one of the best sound proposals of emerging jazz. He has also worked as a copyist/producing and revising music books for The Collective School of Music NYC, New York University NYU, and UNPHU. He is currently the regional representative for Electric Guitar in Colombia for The Collective School of Music NYC. He leads his group Hussein Velaides Project and works on his first record work.

Alfio Lora

MUSIC PRODUCTION, MUSIC TECHNOLOGY.

Music producer of artists, advertising campaigns, announcer, keyboardist and teacher, Alfio Lora is a renowned Dominican musician, with a degree from the International School of Contemporary Music – UNPHU. He has worked multiple times in the production of the Soberano Awards, also in the musical production for the artist Chino y Nacho with the Song of Love, video direction for Papi Sanchez, he has participated in the Viña del Mar festival in Chile, he has done part of the group of Chichi Peralta, Don Omar, Gabriel Pagan, Julio Sabala, Los Illegals, among others. He also has agreements with Yamaha Artists Instruments, Native Instruments (Ultimate Ears).

Elvin Rodriguez

HARMONIC EAR TRAINING, Auditory Skills, THEORY, ARRANGing, GUITAR.

Dominican guitarist, composer and arranger. He graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music in 2016 in composition with a minor in jazz theory and popular songs. Since 2013 he has completed his advanced studies in contemporary harmony and jazz guitar with teachers Greg Hopkins, Scott Free, Bob Pilkington, Tim Miller, John Baboian and Bret Wilmott. He has received awards for his compositions such as Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus from the Department of Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music. He has collaborated as an arranger and guitarist for Liz Wright as well as Mehmet Ali Sanilkol. He worked on Boston-produced albums by artists Ekaterina S. Ramshaeva and George Gorvob, Jireh Calo, Lizje Sarria, Vlade Guigni among others.

 

Since 2017, he has been part of the musical theater orchestras produced in Santo Domingo, such as “Godspell” (2017), “Una Vez en esta Isla” (2018), “Mamma Mía” (2018) and “Jesucristo Superstar” (2019). Among other studies, Elvin is a graduate of the National Conservatory of Music of Santo Domingo as a professor of popular and folk music and a graduate of Emu Musical Education, La Plata, Argentina as a composer of music for film and multimedia.

He is currently working on the production of his new album. In his experience as an educator he seeks to encourage new talents to study music and its development in society.

Sergio Laccone

HISTORY OF MUSIC, Voice

Sergio Laccone is a singer (Baritone/Tenor) and a composer. He plays guitar, percussion and keyboards. He graduated with a doctorate in Art, Music and Performing Arts from the «University of Tuscia» in Viterbo (Italy) and with a private Master in classical and modern singing. He speaks six languages ​​fluently.

He is the owner of a publishing house (Laccone Edizioni Musicali), he works for the propagation of music and art as a means of communication and intercultural development. He has released four albums and several internationally distributed singles. He has successfully performed in 33 countries on four different continents.

He has given workshops and seminars at the National School of Music in Kampala (Uganda) – University of Bnja Luka (Bosnia) – University of Tuscia, Viterbo (Italy) – University of Montreal (Canada) – Syracuse University, Florence (Italy) )- Italian Cultural Institute, Luanda (Angola), University of Fisciano (Italy).

He has performed twice at the Italian Song Festival in Sanremo, participating in the most important festivals and music shows on Italian television.

He has acted and worked with, among others: Darío Fo (Nobel Prize for Literature), Renzo Arbore, Miriam Makeba, Brian Auger, Tony Esposito, Mina, Pino Donaggio, Sergio Cammariere, Mietta, Stefano di Battista. He has written songs for film and television.

As an actor and singer he has been part of “Media Aetas”, Roberto de Simone’s theater company in Naples, Italy.

Roberto Reynoso

ARRANGING, BASS

Bassist, arranger, composer and musical producer, he has been the founder of various Christian musical groups, the most important being the group Adoremos, with which he has produced, arranged and co-written two musical productions, and the group JazzChrist, with which he has recorded two live albums.

The group JazzChrist has obtained two nominations for best instrumental album at the AMCL awards, winning one, in addition to receiving a pre-nomination for the Latin Grammy’s in 2016. In 2017, it received the «Galardón» award for Concert of the Year, in Santo Sunday, Dominican Republic.

He is the General Director of the Judá Ministerial School of Worshiping Musicians, an institution that has trained Christian musicians for more than 15 years without interruption, and that enjoys great prestige in its area, both in the country and in many Latin American nations.

He has also worked with great Dominican and foreign artists, such as: Maridalia Hernández, Milly Quezada, Cecilia García, José Antonio Rodríguez, Rafael Solano, Niní Cáffaro, Danny Rivera, Aimee Nuviola, Rey Ruiz, Frank Ceara, Diomary, and others. In addition, he has participated in various musicals, led by Amaury Sánchez. Also, he has accompanied numerous psalmists, among which are: Lilly Goodman, Marcos Yaroide, Abraham Velásquez, Danny Berrios, Gadiel Espinoza, and many other local artists. As a «sideman» in jazz, he has been with renowned national and international musicians, including: Mike Stern, Eumir Deodato, Ernán Lopez Nussa, Stephen Anderson.

Ulises Rodriguez

Film Composition, Music Theory, Auditory Skills, Piano.

Ulises Rodriguez, pianist and composer born in the city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Graduated as classical concert pianist at the National Conservatory of Music of Santo Domingo, Winner of the first National Contest for Piano and Orchestra of the Dominican Republic «Manuel Rueda» held at the National Conservatory of Music, winning the Gold Medal performing the Concert Beethoven’s No.1 for piano and orchestra. Additionally, he has received many major awards including; First Prize “Oliva Pichardo del Campo – Piano Category”, Gold Medal Superior Category in the 1st Piano Sonatas Contest of the National Conservatory of Music of Santo Domingo, Awarded Student at the Diná School of Music, Gold Medal Superior Category in Workshop of Pianistic Interpretation from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Ulises was also one of the four recipients of scholarships awarded by Berklee College of Music in the «Michel Camilo Scholarship Competition 2012», where he performed excerpts from – in the opinion of experts – one of the most difficult piano pieces ever written, the Concert No. .3 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Ulises graduated Summa Cum Laude with a minor in Film Music Composition and a Video Game Music Technician from Berklee College of Music in Boston. He was awarded many honors such as the «Berklee Piano Achievement Award», the «Latin American Tour Scholarship», the «Matsushita Technics Technology Award» and the «Soren Christensen Film Scoring Award». Currently, Ulises works as a producer for many local studios in the Dominican Republic and has collaborated, composed and produced music for many important projects such as; orchestrator and arranger for the music video “Soy Dominicana” Panamericana Films / Alex Mansilla Studio; composer and producer of the documentary “VEN: Live New Experiences” Basanta Films; composer and producer of the documentary “El Rostro de la Sierra” Basanta Films; among other jobs.

FRANCISCO CAAMANO

WEB MARKETING, MUSIC BUSINESS, MUSIC SUPERVISOR.

Graduated from PUCMM with a degree in law, he began his inclination to the entertainment industry, being part of several musical groups, taking charge of the management part and exploiting his musical knowledge as a bassist for bands such as «Ultima Bengala» and «Bocatabu». He joined the CEI-RD as legal advisor to investors and then to the department of trade and investment policies, where he has great influence on investments related to the entertainment industry such as PINEWOOD STUDIOS, Cartoon Network, among others.

He is part of the team that creates the Dominican Republic Film Law, especially in the articles related to incentives and the development of the film industry in the Dominican Republic. He studies a Master’s Degree in Corporate Business at PUCMM, adapting and focusing the knowledge acquired on the Entertainment industry. He worked as a legal consultant for the operations division of Young Money Records in Miami and was later hired by the music distributor Altafonte Music Network in Spain as «Caribbean Region Label Manager» for two years, he also manages legal consulting for artists such as “El Alfa” Shelow Shaq”, “Eddy Herrera” among others. 

In the film industry, he provides legal advice to local and international productions, giving the necessary support in light of Dominican legislation in audiovisuals such as «El Teniente Amado», the MTV reality show «Are You The One» among other audiovisuals.

How Music Supervisor has worked on audiovisual works such as the Fox Films movie “Devils Due”, licensing more than 12 songs by local artists, for the music documentary “Sol Caribe”, “Catastropico”, “Miriam Miente”, among other national projects and international. He is currently a professor of subjects such as Music Business, Legal Aspects of Entertainment Industry and Digital Marketing at renowned universities such as PUCMM, ITLA and UNPHU.

Willian Cruz

Music History, Horn.

Graduated from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, where he studied under maestro Rafael Enrique Irizarry, Diploma in «Music Education based on Curriculum by Competencies» from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) and, Member of the National Symphony Orchestra of Dominican Republic since he was 16 years old. He studied at the National Conservatory of Music where he was part of the Juan Pablo Duarte Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Dante Cucurullo and the Jazz Band conducted by Maestro Crispín Fernández. He was part of the National Youth Symphony Orchestra, with which he toured Germany and the United States representing the country. He worked as a workshop facilitator and monitor in the 100X35 music training program in Puerto Rico, where he also participated in training workshops for teachers. He participated in the first Puerto Rican congress of musical creation in 2010. He worked as an instructor and professor of brass instruments in the National System of Children and Youth Symphony Orchestras of the Dominican Republic and is director of the music band in the Ministry of Education.

He has performed with Juan Luis Guerra, Ramón Orlando, Pengbian Sang, Plácido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Alberto Cortes, Paloma San Basilio, Raúl Di Blasio, Johnny Ventura, Sergio Vargas, Bachata Sinfónica and countless national and international artists from the classical and popular fields.

Under the baton of José Antonio Molina he participated in the Operas La Boheme and La Traviata. William has performed in the pit orchestras for numerous “Broadway” musicals including: The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar, High School Musical On Stage, and El Beso de la Mujer Spider. 

With the Latin American PROARTE Society he performed several seasons of the popular event “Romance Latino”, in the Opera Il Pagliaci, Zarzuela Cecilia Valdéz, in the Operetta La viuda Alegre. Together with the Camareta Caribensis he performed the world premiere of the Concertino for Horn and Chamber Orchestra by the Dominican composer Mayreni Morel.

Victor Mitrov

Trumpet, Auditory Skills, Ensembles

  • BA, National Academy of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1991
  • International certification, The Alexander Technique, certified trainer, in process.
  • Principal, Festival Orchestra, Santo Domingo Music Festival, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from 1997 to date.
  • Professor, Department of Contemporary Music, Pedro Henríquez Ureña National University, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from 2016 to date.
  • Principal, National Symphony Orchestra, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from 1995 to 2013.
  • Principal, Orchestra of the Accademia Chigiana, Siena, Italy, from 1989 to 1994.
  • Principal, Sofia Philharmonic, Sofia, Bulgaria, from 1988 to 1994.
  • Principal, Sofia Festival Orchestra, Sofia, Bulgaria, from 1988 to 1990.
  • Trainer of brass groups, Juan Pablo Duarte Orchestra, National Conservatory of Music, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
  • Angels of Culture – Office of the First Lady – director of the band.

Luis Mansilla

Audio Engineering, Mixing, Mastering

Luis is a recording and mixing engineer, pastor, worshipper, musician, songwriter, arranger and a multi, Latin Grammy winner. His latest accomplishments include 4 Latin Grammys for the album «La Llave de mi Corazón», by Juan Luis Guerra, including Best Engineering and Mixing. Mansilla has won awards for previous Juan Luis’ albums: «Ni es lo mismo ni es igual» (2000) for Best Engineering and Mixing and «Para ti» (2005), A Son De Guerra (2007) totaling 8 Latin Grammys – so far.

 

Luis started his career in 1983. He quickly made a name for himself which resulted in him having a full schedule of studio recordings, mixes, jingle production for radio and television and documentaries. In 1994, with his partner Javier Harguindeguy, Luis formed the duet, Luis y Javier 2×1. They released 2 albums for labels Juan & Nelson and EMI Latin. The duo won multiple awards in the D.R. and abroad.

 

Luis has worked with a long list of prestigious artists, musicians and producers: 

Juan Luis Guerrra, Alex Mansilla, Manuel Tejada, José Antonio Molina, Jorge Taveras, Rafael Santana, Rando Camasta, Tuto Taveras, George and Roberto Reynoso, Marco Hernández, Cristian Samayoa, Pedro Pagán, Danny Rivera, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Diego Torres, Guarionex Aquino, Ed Calle, Guy Frómeta, Héctor Santana, Sandy Gabriel, Peter Nova, Rafa and Luis Payán, Los Hermanos Rosario, Kinito Méndez, Chichi Peralta, Crispín Fernández, Maridalia Hernández, Wilfrido Vargas, Pochy Familia, Grupo Aventura, David Almengod, Fernando Villalona, Juan de la Cruz (Chocolate), Yanina Rosado, Luisín Rosario, Roy Tavaré, and others.

 

Luis has vast experience recording and mixing in diverse musical genres. In the world of Christian music, he has recorded and mixed numerous records for Apóstol George Reynoso y el Grupo Adoremos, Debby Perez, Rafy Colón, Ministerios Elim, Claudia Sierra, Ministerios de Alabanzas Buenas Nuevas, Grupo 4×7, Claudina Brinn, Jacobo Ramos, Pochy García, Juan Luis Guerra, Grupo Boses, Bienvenido Javier, Ivelisse Gell, Jorge Suárez, Grupo Mostaza, María Cordero and many more.

 

Mansilla has collaborated on many albums with top recording engineers Allan Leschhorn, José Amable Frómeta, Eric Ramos and Ronny Torres. He has also been part of the jury several times for the Premios Nacionales held by the Conservatorio Nacional De Música de la República Dominicana.

 

Luis Mansilla is still very active recording and mixing records and he is now part of the UNPHU’s Escuela de Música family.

Manuel Tejada

Music Industry Liaison, Arranging

Multi-winner of the Latin Grammy Award as well as winner of the American Grammy Award. Winner of national and international awards: Casandra Awards, El Dorado, Record of the Year, Fat Man of the Year, Outstanding Young Jaycee’s 72, Aplauso 92 Award, (Miami) and was nominated for the Billlboard awards, Univision LO NUESTRO (Miami) as producer/ arranger. Winner on 6 occasions of the National Music Award granted by the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic.

He is a music producer for the record industry, advertising and film. His works include musical productions for various national and international artists, among which we can mention: Basilio, Sophy Hernández, Juan Luis Guerra and 440, José Luis Rodríguez, Willy Chirino, Emmanuel, Jaci Velásquez, Lisa M, Lucecita Benítez, Andy Montañez, Antonio Cabán-El Topo, Joan Manuel Serrat, Eugenia León, Celia Cruz, Guadalupe Pineda, Angela Carrasco, Víctor Víctor, Sonia Silvestre, Maridalia Hernández, Grupo Garibaldi, Lourdes Robles, Danny Rivera, Grupomanía, among others.

As a filmmaker, he has made Scores for:

«THREE WORDS», starring the Spanish actress MARIBEL VERDU
«MANHATTAN MERENGUE»
“BITTER SUGAR”, by producer León Ichaso
“The Curse of Father Cardona”, by Félix Germán

Also the documentaries «La Violencia del Poder» and «Bosch en La Frontera Imperial», made by René Fortunato. He produced and composed the soundtrack for the movie TROPIC OF BLOOD, conducting the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

In merengue he has done important work in the development and transformation of sound by incorporating new harmonic and electronic elements, influences from jazz and pop. He has produced for the most important merengue exponents: Alex Bueno, Fernando Villalona, Milly Quezada, Sergio Vargas, Eddy Herrera, Wilfrido Vargas, Johnny Ventura, Melina León, Giselle, Jessica Cristina, Olga Tañón, Manny Manuel, Elvis Crespo, Héctor Acosta , Groupmania, etc. He has been producer and Musical Director of the Casandra Awards on 9 occasions. He has been producer and musical director of the President Festival of Latin Music. He has participated as director and music producer in numerous relevant shows, such as:

The 2003 Pan American Games, Show for the ITB Berlin Tourism Fair, Germany.

Among his projects is having recorded with the Miami Symphonic, London Symphonic and City of Prague Symphony.

He participated as arranger and musical director in numerous installments of the OTI International Song Festival, and won 2nd place in 1983. In 1988 and 1989 he participated in the same Festival and won 3rd place on both occasions. In 1986 he obtains the 1st place as a composer in the XXVII Viña del Mar International Song Festival, with the song «Para Quererte», the only participating Dominican song that has obtained that precious award.

As a composer, his songs have been recorded by renowned artists, such as: Ricardo Montaner (SKIN INSIDE), Dyango (EL PIANO SUENA), Leonardo Favio (PUEDO), Yuri (PARA LOVE YOU), Emmanuel (CORAZON DE MELAO), Olga Tañón (I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME), among others.

Tiziano Fajardo

Recording: Foley And Sound Design.

Tiziano Fajardo is a producer, composer and arranger, Founder of Caribbean Dream Studios, winner of the La Silla Award for best film music with “La Familia Reina” in 2017. He has worked in renowned film productions, such as La Gunguna, Loki 7, Azul Magic among others. He has also been a recording engineer and editor for Foley in productions such as Cops in Trouble, Falling, among others.

Maryam De Soto Peguero

Voice, Choir

From an early age he develops in the musical field, beginning his formal studies at the Center for Musical Pedagogy, later moving on to the National Conservatory of Music.

She attended the Five Week Summer Performance Program at Berklee College of Music and completed her studies in the City of La Plata and Buenos Aires, Argentina. In order to obtain her official title as a Bachelor of Music, she is currently studying at the UNPHU in the International School of Contemporary Music as well as being a professor of Popular Singing there. She ventures into sound as a foley artist and develops as a singer, composer and music arranger for film.

Mayra Peguero Almanzar

CHORUS.

Born in San Francisco de Macorís where she began her music studies, Myra graduated (Magna Cum Laude) from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo.

She went on to teach piano and Superior Music Courses at the National Conservatory of Music.

She completed Higher Studies at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid and at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Rome. She obtained the title of Specialist in Music Education at the INTEM of the University of Chile, Santiago de Chile. She studied Choral Singing in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and Professor Rosario Cristi, in Chile. She studied Choral Conducting with the North American Professor Larry Oldham and with Professor Jaime Donoso.

As a pianist, she has performed in recitals both in Santo Domingo and in the interior of the country.

She has performed as a Mezzo-soprano soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra and with the National Choir.

She was Director of the National Choir and Professor of Choral Singing at the National Conservatory of Music from 1988 to 2006. She directs the Choirs BanReservas, Golden Age, Children’s Library, Dominican Republic Youth and Choir selected from the Dina Studio, among others.

Daniel Indart

Production of Music Libraries, Music Entrepreneurship.

Award-winning producer, songwriter and songwriter Daniel Indart is widely respected in the entertainment industry and noted as one of the most prolific and knowledgeable artist/executives in the Latin music world. His music credits span a wide range of high-profile television and film credits, such as the theme song for the NBC series Kingpin and the music for HBO’s The Sopranos to commercial work including campaigns for Miller Lite beer, Hyundai automobiles, among many others. others.

As an artist/songwriter, Daniel has performed with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Ricky Martin, Placido Domingo and Quincy Jones. Indart’s Los Angeles-based companies Latin Music Specialists (LMS) and LMS Records are among the leading sources of recorded Latin music in the world today.

Daniel was born in Argentina but raised in South America thanks to the travels of his mother, a world-renowned dance instructor, choreographer and Prima Ballerina and choreographer at the prestigious Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Through her, Daniel got to know the music of classical composers, as well as the vast musical folklore of Latin America, including Tango and Flamenco, as well as musicians and dance professionals from all over the world.

Daniel’s academic excellence and musical talent led him to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. on movie soundtracks. Before attending Berklee, RCA International had signed Daniel with his group of artists. Two songs from his first album became number one hits on the Latin American charts.

As a songwriter, Daniel has written thousands of songs and jingles. As a performer, he has recorded three albums and has sung lead vocals in music commercials for numerous advertising campaigns. In addition, he has performed choirs in record projects for Ricky Martin, Plácido Domingo, Ana Gabriel, Gloria Trevi, Pimpinela, Yuri, Lupita D’Alessio, Xuxa, as well as in the We Are the World project. Daniel has also worked with Quincy Jones, Humberto Gatica and Grammy Award-winning producers K.C. Porter, Antonio «Moogie» Canazio, and Kenny O’Brien, among many others.

In 1986, Indart founded Indart Music & Sound (IMS), creating and producing music and sound design for more than 1,000 advertising commercials. IMS has also won a number of industry awards, including the Clios, Beldings and Se Habla Español awards. In addition, Daniel also founded Latin Music Specialists (LMS), the licensing arm of LMS Records that specializes in providing Latin music for film, television, multimedia, e-commerce, gaming, B2B, and traditional record company licensing applications. By creating Latin Music Specialists (LMS), Indart has become the entertainment industry’s leading expert on all genres of Latin music. In 2001, he launched LMS Records, an independently owned record company based in Los Angeles that specializes in the best of multi-genre, traditional and contemporary Latin music.

Daniel is an active member of the following professional associations: ASCAP, BMI, NARAS & LARAS, Voting Member of the Grammy Awards, AFTRA, SAG, AFM, AIMP, The California Copyright Conference (CCC), and (NARIP) National Association of Recording Industry Professionals.

Jesús Pérez Suarez

CLARINET, SAXOPHONE AND ENSEMBLES

Jesús Pérez Suarez has a degree in Music with a Specialization in Clarinet from the Higher Institute of Art in Havana, Cuba. He methodologist and Pedagogue of the Instrument in the Schools of Arts in Cuba and in the National School of Art ENA (National Conservatory). He is a member of the National Symphony of Cuba and participates in concerts with the tenors José Carreras and Placido Domingo in the Opera season in Lima Peru.

He has extensive experience in chamber music and instrumental ensemble. In Popular Music he has worked with Laura León (Mexican singer), Julio Iglesias (son) and Cristian Castro in concerts in Lima, Peru, and in Cuba with the Provincial Show Group. Combining the methodology of teaching, he has developed study plans for instrumental improvement, guiding and supervising teachers in schools and conservatories, while performing the role of performer and soloist; It has been and will be his main task to inspire and continue to support the new musical generations.

Cruz Eduardo Anuel Morales

SAXOPHONE, FLUTE, RECORDER, ENSEMBLEs

Cruz Eduardo Anuel Morales, Magister Scientiarum in Higher Education graduated from the National Experimental Polytechnic University of the National Armed Forces – Venezuela, Professor in the Specialty Musical Education graduated from the Libertador Experimental Pedagogical University Miranda Pedagogical Institute «José Manuel Siso Martínez» – Venezuela .

 

Known artistically as Cruz Monje, he has developed professionally as a saxophonist, flutist, arranger, composer and singer. In his 45-year career as a musician, he has gone through various facets, including: tenor saxophone performer teacher at the Simón Bolívar Concert Band Foundation, Miranda state, as a saxophonist musician at the New World Philharmonic Foundation and the Moisés Philharmonic Band. Moleiro, performer of alto and tenor sax, flute and clarinet in the Los Melodicos Orchestra; as well as the transverse flute in the Martial Band of the Ministry of Defense.

Cruz Monje has participated as a producer, arranger and instrumentalist, in musical recordings of the groups Venezuela Ayer y Hoy, Grupo Madera, Zona Siete, Guayoyo, Pelinkere, José Moncada and his Orchestra, the Great Serenade of Don Vidal, New World Jazz Band, La Patria Buena, Happy Gaita, Mundito and his Orchestra, Los Melorírhythmics Orchestra and Cruz Monje and his Trio. He has performed on various national and international stages, integrating bands such as Miguel Moly and his orchestra, Show Sybaris Orchestra, Roberto Antonio and his Orchestra and Khalua Orchestra, among others.

As a leader, director, flutist, arranger and singer, Cruz Monje has been at the forefront of more personal projects such as Cruz Monje y la Amigos de él (cañonera music group) and Cruz Monje y la Trío de él. As a guest artist he has accompanied Oscar D’León and his Orchestra, the Latin Dimension, Orquesta Aragón, Orquesta Típica de Manzanillo (Cuba), Grupo Niche de Colombia, Jazz Ensemble (USA).

His activity as a professional musician is also imbued with extensive experience as a teacher. He worked as a music teacher at the “La Vega” National Basic School, at the “Juan Sebastián Bach” School of Music and as Arranger of the “Salvador Bosque” Concert Band attached to the Capital District Education Service, as well as Director of the Choir of Firefighters of the Capital District, among others.