Grammy-Nominated Otmaro Ruiz and Catina DeLuna

Music house:  6:30 to 10:30

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Vibrato is proud to present Otmaro Ruiz and Catina DeLuna who have been nominated for “ Best Latin Jazz Album” for The 58th Grammy Awards.  They are also nominated  in the “ Best Improvised Jazz Solos” (2 entries),  “Best Arrangement, Instruments-Vocals” (2 entries) and “ Best Production Non-Classical” categories.

"Of Senses Engaged and Hearts Touched"

“Lado B Brazilian Project engages the senses on multiple levels but also honors the human equation informing its songs’ narratives. At every step the musicians make the right choices.”    (October 20th, 2015 - David McGee)

Brazilian pianist, vocalist, composer and voice actress CATINA DELUNA has enjoyed a successful and varied musical career since beginning to play the piano and sing at a young age. After completing a B.A. in Brazilian Popular Music at the prestigious UNICAMP University in São Paulo, she founded two award winning groups: the vocal group Arirê, in which she was responsible for arranging, playing piano, and singing, and the group Serenata Brasileira, playing classic Brazilian songs from the 1920’s and 30’s, in full authentic costume and style. Catina currently has two independent released CDs available, Na Era de Ouro, from Serenata Brasileira, and Brazilian Accent, her solo debut featuring classic Bossa Nova standards.  Additionally, Catina has been a guest artist in Japan, Singapore and the United States, as well as recording many commercial jingles/voice-overs for national radio and television in Brazil. Since her move to the United States, Catina served as visiting scholar at Uof I at Urbana-Champaign, and obtained her M.M.A. at Northern Illinois University where she was awarded a grant from the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies to carry out research on maracatu in Brazil during the summer of 2008. Now living in Los Angeles, she teaches music in her private studio in Santa Clarita, CA, as well as in several renown schools and conservatories, including SilverLake Conservatory, Los Angeles Music Academy and University of Southern California (guest faculty). 

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, OTMARO RUÍZ began his musical studies at the age of eight with intensive training in classical guitar, organ, piano and music theory. Originally pursuing a scientific career as a biologist at Simón Bolívar University, Otmaro decided to become a full-time pianist and keyboardist. He culminated his academic training at California Institute of the Arts, receiving a master’s degree in jazz performance and ascending to the upper echelon of musicians in Los Angeles among Alex Acuña, Justo Almario and Abraham Laboriel. He has performed in virtually every major international jazz festival and with such varied artists as Dianne Reeves, Frank Morgan, Red Halloway, Gino Vannelli, Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, John McLaughlin, Frank Gambale, Alain Caron, Robben Ford, Jimmy Haslip and Vinnie Colaiuta. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by Shepherd University and is part of the Adjunct Faculty Staff at USC. Although he considers versatility as his greatest asset, it is through composition that he communicates his profound sensibilities and command of the art form. His latest full-length album of original music, “Sojourn”, was released in early 2008.

www.catinadeluna.com