Biography

Born in Mexico City, he started his musical studies in 1983 at UNAM’s National School of Music, and then he continued studying in an autodidactic way.

From 1985 to 1989 he was member of UNAM’s Percussion Orchestra.  From 1990 to date he began to play marimba concerts as a soloist in concert halls in Mexico and worldwide, mainly interpreting his own compositions, as well as selected works from the international repertoire.

As consequence of this work, he recorded three CDs: Voces del Viento, Voces de la Tierra Vol. 1 and 2 , as well as Naturaleza acústica, Naturaleza eléctrica (edited by Quindecim Recordings), where he assembles the most significant of his marimba pieces.

In 1993, he and three other distinguished Mexican musicians, with whom he has built a long and worldwide-recognized career, founded Tambuco Ensemble.

With them, he has performed in concert halls around the world, mostly playing their own works, but also some other important pieces within the international percussion repertoire, placing them as one of the most important ensembles of the world.  His recordings had received numerous praises from specialized magazines and he has been nominated four times to the Grammy Award for best classic music recording and for best chamber ensemble album.

Until now, he has 8 recordings, within which the series: Iberoamerican Music for Percussion can be found, from where they have and will continue recording pieces dedicated to Ensemble as well as the most important pieces for percussion of each Iberoamerican country.

His collaborations include important names within the international musical world, such as: Eduardo Mata, Enrique Diemeke, Keiko Abe, Kronos Quartet, Southwest Chamber Music, Glen Velez, Valerie Naranjo, Steven Shick, Michael Nyman, Stewart Copeland, and so on.

In 1998, he and the Swiss drummer Georg Hofmann and the North American flute-player Steve Gorn, form the Improvisation Trio: Shades of Time, which has recorded 2 albums: Dreaming Mexico and Siladette Awakening (both with the Mexican Quindecim Recordings). They have performed in diverse forums at Mexico City and Europe.

As a composer, he has written 80 works including soloists pieces, as well as chamber and orchestral works, outstanding for his innovative and particular use of percussion family, specially the marimba, some of which are thought to be inside the most important of the genre and have been interpreted by numerous soloist and ensembles around the globe.

Nowadays he keeps an intense concert activity both as soloist and with Tambuco Ensemble.

He has been a professor at Universidad de las Américas, and maintains an intense didactic activity imparting regular and specialized courses on contemporary percussion interpretation and personal classes of improvisation. As a composer, he has written 80 works including soloists pieces, as well as chamber and orchestral works, outstanding for his innovative and particular use of percussion family, specially the marimba, some of which are thought to be inside the most important of the genre and have been interpreted by numerous soloist and ensembles around the globe.