| Rolando Lopez:
Guitarist/Arranger/Composer/Educator. Born in Guatemala city, Guatemala, Central America. He was a part of the Guatemalan rock band “Los Ultimos Adictos”, he arranged, recorded and toured several years with them trough Guatemala, El Salvador, Cuba y The United States between 1998 y el 2002.
He studied mostly privately with German Giordano (Guitarist/Berklee College of Music), Alberto Medina (Guitarist/Berklee), Martino Shramm (Guitarist/Musicians Institute), Jonathan Kriesberg (NY Jazz guitarist), Steve Herberman (Berklee).
In the year 2002 he is invited to join Argentinean rock band “Vilma Palma e Vampiros” to tour in Central America.
He's member of the jazz/flamenco band “Siroko” with Alfredo CĂˇceres and Alejandro Erdmenger, recorded the “Mestizaje” CD in 2004. He had the opportunity to attend several local and international jazz festivals, such as “Festival Vive” in Atlanta, GA, EUA in 2005.
From 2004 to 2007 he is invited to join the Jazz Train Big Band in Guatemala, directed by maestro Lester Godinez, playing in several venues, hotels, private and public events. In 2005 he travels to Norway, joining a folkloric group playing Guatemalan traditional instruments mixed with electric guitar, there he is asked to give a guitar masterclass at the Ole Vig School, in the town of Stjordal.
He has recorded in the soundtrack of two Guatemalan movies ((La Casa de Enfrente y La Otra Casa).
Teached at the Poliritmos Music School in Guatemala from 2003 to 2007.
Since mayo of 2007 he decides to travel to Mexico D.F., to find more possibilities working as a musician. He plays in many kinds of projects, starts teaching and recording with Mexican producer/bassist Uriel Natenzon. Since 2010 he teaches at the Fermatta Music Academy (http://www.fermatta.edu.mx/), working with the guitar department, giving specialized individual guitar instruction, also Music Appreciation classes (From Latin American Music, Music from Spain, Music from Asia and the Middle East, History of music from the Gregorian and Middle Age period to Baroque), also teaching Jazz Improvisation courses and Essemble playing, Ear Training and Contemporary Jazz Harmony.
Influences: George Van Eps, John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Pat Metheny, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jonathan Kreisberg, Brett Garsed,Ludovico Vagnone, Emanuele Ruffinengo, John Mayer, Brad Paisley, Bill Evans, Brad Mehldau, John Coltrane, Selvaganesh Vinayakram, Zakkir Hussain.
Current Activities: Composing and recording original music, Arranging, Transcribing, Teaching, Performing and recording with several essembles, from solo, duet with Singer or other instrument, jazz trio and cuartet. Also rock/pop music, rock band with full orchestra.
Completely fluent in English.
Solo playing or with backing tracks
Duet playing with singer or another instrument
Trio playing (jazz, pop or rock)
Essemble playing (rock, jazz, latin, pop)
Big Band and orchestra
Some of the musicians and projects he has worked/recorded/toured and jammed with:
Los Ultimos Adictos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUFWQ0ge6hs
Vilma Palma e Vampiros http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUcdeZibzDQ
Siroko (jazz/flamenco) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTOfWIoxZJE
Jazz Train Big Band de Lester Godinez (jazz)
Fernando Martin (bateria)
Byron Campo (bateria)
Gipsy Jazz Project (jazz manouche) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icRZKdjlwg4
No Break Band (jazz)
La Gran Calabaza (latin rock)
Fronteras (80s rock) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACClX-hsj-U&list=UUfm0U_uCphkbqHj9qAhy6AA&index=3&feature=plcp
Uriel Natenzon (bass)
Hector Navarrete (drums)
Michael Manring (bass) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yaetu3jnx5w
John Beasley (piano, keys)
Gaspar Altamirano (bass)
Mariana Vega (Venezuelan Artist, Warner Music)
Yurem (Nueva Banda Timbiriche)
Alejandro Matuk (drums)
Agustin Bernal (Double Bass)
Main Guitars: Gibson ES-175, Godin LGXSA., Ibanez Jem 777BVK., Ibanez RG Prestige.
Musicians page: http://www.musicianspage.com/musicians/3941/
Tel. Home (521) 55 17 39 06 40 / Mobil: (521) 55 32 62 23 35
Updated: July 1, 2012
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