August 3, 2020
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Personnel
Ian Fry is the founder and executive director of All Rhythms. He has a Bachelor’s in Classical Percussion and Jazz Drum Set from the Eastman School of Music, and earned a Master of Arts from Maharishi International University in 2006. From a family of educators, Ian has been teaching from a young age has taught all over the united states including The School at Columbia University. He garnered two Grammy nominations as Musical Director and Percussionist for Tortilla Factory and has traveled to Santiago de Cuba every summer since 2017 to play in carnival, with whom he currently plays with Conga San Agustín. Ian is a percussion substitute for the Austin Symphony Orchestra and other symphonies in Texas.     













John Bimbiras plays guitar, cuatro, and mandolin for the group. He got his start performing at blues bars in Baltimore at the age of twelve. After moving to New York City, John became immersed in Latin music, playing in clubs Uptown in Washington Heights, and working as a researcher for the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute. John is currently a Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin. Here in Austin, John performs with AllRhythms, Tambores Del Pueblo, the UT Hispanic Caribbean Ensemble, and other groups. Recently, he wrote music for the Tiny Banger, a play by Alice Stanley that was premiered by Trinity Street Players. 

















  Christina Cuellar is a  flautist with training from North Texas University  and Universidad AutÁ³noma de Zacatecas. She is an instructor with All Rhythms.She was a finalist in the national transverse flute competition “Gildardo Mojica”, and has studied with Arturo Garcia (Mexico), Miguel Hudson (Cuba), and David Lee Schloss, including music and interpretation of latin american contemporary composers with Beatriz Plana.  




 










Kathelee Hernandez Curbelo is an accomplished vocalist from Havana, Cuba. As a child, she recorded with Silvio Rodriguez and Andres Allen. She attended the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana where she studied with Maria Eugenia Barrios, the world-renowned opera singer.  Kathelee then moved to Mexico for a time, where she taught a school choir. In January 2016, Kathelee moved to the United States. She has since become a fixture on the local salsa music scene and sings with several groups in Central Texas.












 






Sevylla del Mazo is a One World Theatre sponsored artist, founder of the Roots & Rhythms Cultural Arts Program, and a local Austin percussionist for over 20 years. She's been on stage with Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction, opened for legendary greats like Aaron Neville, Strunz and Farrah, and Jose Feliciano, and currently accompanies Hardproof Afrobeat and AllRhythms on percussion, as well as leading corporate and educational drum-based programming for the Drum Cafe. You can find her at www.sevylladelmazo.com








Wilfredo José Burgos Matos is a singer, performance artist, and doctoral student. He started his music career when he was 7 years old in Puerto Rico via the mÁºsica jíbara scene. He has been a member and creator of various merengue and bachata groups both in Puerto Rico and in New York since 2010. Wilfredo also served as the specialist of Puerto Rican and Dominican music for the cultural organization Global Rhythms, who provided educational workshops to a myriad of institutions in the East Coast, between 2015-2018. He has shared the stage with world renowned artists such as Melvis Santa, Ariacne Trujillo Durand, and Luis Daniel ColÁ³n. He is currently the main vocalist of Austin-based Afro-Puerto Rican bomba group, Tambores del Pueblo, and a constant collaborator in the UT Hispanic Caribbean Ensemble, directed by Dr. Robin Moore. In the academic sense, Wilfredo has devoted himself to music, specifically Dominican-derived popular sonorities such as Dominican bachata. He was one of the research writers of the National Endowment for the Humanities digital project "A History of Dominican Music in the U.S." and has organized a diverse set of panels and conferences on Dominican music globally from a race and gender perspective. His artistic and academic work has been published or presented in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Spain, and the United States. 






 
Vijay Meunier grew up in Austin, Texas and started playing the guitar at the age of 8. He was an Orpheus Academy of Music guitar student 13 years ago, and during  his formative years he played in both guitar orchestras and rock bands and performed at many live music venues in the Austin area. At the age of 15, he received the Texas Young Master award from the Texas Commission on the Arts, which allowed him to travel to New York City, Quebec, Canada and Iserlohn, Germany to study with leading guitar pedagogues. Vijay earned his B.M. in music performance from Florida State University, where he also fostered a love for ensemble playing and world music, especially the music of Latin America. He then returned to Austin to pursue the M.M. in music performance at the University of Texas at Austin. Some of his projects and collaborations include the Florida State Summer Opera Series, the Tallahassee Choro Society(an ensemble dedicated to performing traditional music of Brazil), Oliver Rajamani's Flamenco India project, and the AllRhythms Latin jazz ensemble. As a teacher, Vijay enjoys working with students of all ages and backgrounds. His approach involves bridging the gap between classical, popular, and world traditions to give students the tools they need to express themselves in any musical style.










Luis Rangel is an Austin-based musician and teacher. He graduated from UT Austin with a BA in Sociology, where he also studied classical guitar performance. Throughout the last 10 years, he's performed as a bassist in a variety of different ensembles, including rock bands, jazz groups, musical theater pits, and currently also performs with the psych-rock group Food Group. In addition to bass, he's also sang in school and church choirs and was part of the UT Undergraduate Guitar Quartet in 2012, which won first prize in the Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition that year. Currently, he teaches at Magnolia Montessori for All elementary school.



Teachers:

Adam Nurre – Adam is the consummate percussionist; he plays around Austin and tours with bands frequently. He has classical percussion training and is at home playing all drum set styles.

Aaron Lepley

Zach Yanez

Heather Thomas - Office Manager for AllRhythms - Personnel Manager at Texas Performing Arts Center, experienced Office Manager and Personal Assistant.


Board Members:

Oscar Botello

Jason Nicholson

Chris Wike

Veronica Sharp



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