Roberto Juan Rodriguez  Composer & Percussionist

Roberto Juan Rodriguez is a bona fide innovator, that rare musician whose creative vision …breathes joy and melancholy with tremendous emotional clarity. Tom Jurek All Music Guide

Born in East Havana Cuba, and raised in Miami , percussionist and composer Roberto Rodriguez brings groundbreaking new music through his cross-cultural roots.  Drawing upon his influences  across the board of traditional Cuban music roots to contemporary genres of world music and Sephardic music, pop, jazz and improvisation, electronic, classical, he is one of the most versed performers and intriguing  composers today.

Education:
Roberto Rodriguez was born in El Vedado Habana, Cuba.  He studied violin, piano and trumpet at Caturla Conservatory of Music in Habana, and trumpet and drumset from his father, trumpeter and arranger Roberto Luis Rodriguez. Roberto began playing professionally drumset at the age of 13 in Miami with his fathers ensembles as well as Israel “ Cachao “ Lopez.  He received full scholarship to the music program at Univ. of Miami.

Sexteto Roberto Rodriguez: Gilad Harel - clarinet, Bernie Minoso (formely with Paul Simon  and MD for Tito Puente) - bass, Jonathan Keren - violin, Uri Sharlin - accordion, Igor Arias Baro - Congas & Bongos, Roberto Rodriguez – bandleader/composer/percussion

Awards:
Festiladino Jerusalem, Finalist
BBC 3 Radio Best World Music Award Recipient  2007
Arts International Grant
American Music Awards Recipient
Grammy Awards Nominee

Performances with Sexteto Rodriguez: Concertgebouw Holland, Barbican Theater London, Malta Jazz Festival, Sines Musicas do Mundo Portugal, Museum of Jewish Heritage NYC, Skirball Center LA, Istanbul Jazz, Haimet-Klange Festival Berlin,  Slovenia Jazz Festival,

Features and Reviews
The World NPR, All Songs Considered NPR, Modern Drummer, Downbeat Magazine,
All About Jazz NY, Washington Post, Jazziz, Vibrations , Signal to Noise, All Music Guide,
Boston Globe,Le Monde, The Guardian UK, Jerusalem Report, The Jewish Forward, Time Out NY,
Ethnomusicology Vol 51-No 1-Winter 2007

Roberto Rodriguez has performed and recorded with many great musicians such as:
Rufus Wainwright, Joe Jackson ,John Zorn ,Marc Ribot , Celia Cruz ,Israel “CACHAO” Lopez,
Paquito D’Rivera, Julio Iglesias, Miami Sound Machine, Paul Simon, TBone Burnett ,Lloyd Cole,
Reuben Blades, Larry Coryell, Dr. L Subramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurti, Randy Brecker ,
Dave Liebman , Kim Karnes, Phoebe Snow, Dianne Shurer , Lester Bowie
Wadada Leo Smith
 
Projects:
Sexteto Roberto Rodriguez
Sarah Aroeste, Ladino singer
Electric Kulintang- Best10 cd’s WIRE-UK 2007
Mundo Niños-This is a Beat
Maurice El Medioni  meets Roberto Rodriguez- Best BBC Radio 3 2007
Irving Fields Trio
Joe Jackson singer , composer, writer
Dr. L Subramaniam, S. Indian violin virtuoso
Kavita Krishnamurti, classical Indian singer
Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos
John Zorn saxophonist and composer
Documentary Film The First Basket music by Roberto Rodriguez 2006

Selected Discography:
Electric Kulintang  Dialects  (Plastic)
Maurice el Medioni meets Roberto Rodriguez: Descarga Oriental, (Piranha)
Rufus Wainwright- Want (Geffen)
Roberto Rodriguez  ~ Timba Talmud ~ Baila! Gitano Baila! ~El Danzon de Moises (Tzadik)
Mundo Niños This is a Beat!
Jessie Harris Los Ferdinandos (Blue Note)
Joe Jackon Live - Two Rainy Nights (Sony)
Marc Ribot, & los cubanos postizos and !Muy Divertido! (Atlantic)
John Zorn, Taboo & Exile  (Tzadik)
Miami Sound Machine, Into the Light  and Cuts both ways (Epic)

Roberto Plays EVANS Drum Heads and VATER Percussion