Experience haunting Andean flutes, fiery guitar, six string bass, and percussive world beat with Oscar Reynolds & Karumanta trio. Get ready for an uplifting musical performance of Afro-Latin World Jazz, which explores Bolivian music from South America seamlessly interlacing with flamenco, hip-hop, funk, and Latin jazz that "will soar you to the outer edges of the universe!" - Improvijazzation
Past performances in theaters, music festivals, and TV throughout South America, Europe, and the United States with various sold-out shows in up to 2,000 seat venues. Their music has been featured in the movie Follow Me Home, NPR's Morning Edition, and KGO radio's program The Best Music You've Never Heard, among over 850 NPR and PRI stations and syndicated programs across the USA and abroad.
The ensemble boasts master artists with rich and diverse accomplishments. Bolivian-born artist Oscar Reynolds is an accomplished composer, internationally-acclaimed Andean flute master, guitarist, flute-maker, and lawyer from the Andes Mountains of La Paz, perhaps best recognized for playing the Andean pan flutes and guitar simultaneously. Frank Zeccola of the San Francisco Observer says, "Any flute player would marvel at the tight control over each note Reynolds displays while packing a stream of emotions into his complex scale runs, but to see him do that and play the guitar is quite impressive." A leading advocate of Bolivian music for more than 40 years, his lifelong efforts have been honored by the Bolivian government and the Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County. Touring with various Bolivian rock bands since he was 14, Oscar formed the band Karumanta in 1991 upon moving to USA, leaving behind a short legal career. He has performed with notable Latin artists like Cecilia Barraza, Lalo Izquierdo, and flamenco guitarist Chuscales, among others. Oscar has 10 albums produced under his own label Karumanta Music. Believing in the power of music changing lives, he works with nonprofits and charities to help the community.
David Pinto is a Peruvian native best-known for his work as music director, arranger, and bassist for Grammy-winner Susana Baca, diva of Afro-Peruvian song. He was a member of Peru Jazz, a group highly praised for their innovation and fusion of Peruvian roots and jazz. Other credits include Olga Guillot, Alex Acuna, Jeff Porcaro, Marc Ribot, David Byrne, and producer Wayne Wallace. He has performed at various international jazz and world music festivals around the world, such as WOMAD in Nice, Paris, Glastonbury, and Montreal. He has toured internationally in theaters, including The Kennedy Center and The Hollywood Bowl, Theatre De La Ville (Paris), and Royal Festival Hall (London). David also leads and performs with his own group Syncopated Colors and teaches at the Jazz School in Berkeley, California.
Lali Mejia is a Venezuelan native whose versatility on the percussion ranges from Afro-Venezuelan folkore to Latin American and Carribean music. She has shared the stage with prominent musicians such as Marco Granados, Aquiles Baez, Roberto Koch, Jorge Glem, Jackeline Rago, Maria Volonte, Akira Tana and Francisco "Pacho" Flores. Lali has performed at music festivals in the U.S., the Carribean, China, and Japan such as the Macau International Music Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, and Monterey Jazz Festival, and in venues such as the Tokyo Hakuyu Hall, Lincoln Center, Smithsonian Institute, and Davies Symphony Hall.
Oscar Reynolds (Bolivia) antara, zamponas, guitar, compositions, arrangements, musical direction; David Pinto (Peru) six-string bass; Lali Mejia (Venezuela) percussion