Guillermo Barrón

Guillermo Barrón

Percusionist and composer, born in San Luis Potosí, México. Barrón has developed his style with different ensembles that cover a wide range of musical genres and styles, such as classical music, rock, pop, flamenco, Mexican music, salsa and Latin jazz, among others. He has performed with many international artists: José Feliciano, Luisito Quintero, Charlie Sepúlveda, Ralph Irizarry, Julio Alvarado, Oscar Stagnaro, Roby Lakatos, Héctor Martignon, John Benitez, Axel Tosca Laugart, Xiomara Laugart, David Sánchez, Gabriel Hernández, Osmany Paredes, Brian Lynch and the salsa singers Roberto Blades, Rafu Warner, Víctor Manuelle, Pepito Gómez, Paquito Guzmán and Miguel Ángel Barcasnegras “Meñique,” just to name a few.

Guillermo Barrón began his Latin percussion studies privately in his hometown, with the maestro Ramón Nieto, and musical theory with Jorge Martinez Zapata. He eventually moved to Xalapa, Veracruz, where he joined the classical percussion program of the School of Music at the Universidad Veracruzana. At the same time, he continued taking private Afro-Cuban percussion lessons with Miguel Cruz. Later, he would attend the Caribbean Music and Jazz program at the Conservatory in Puerto Rico, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, and studied under the direction of Paoli Mejías, Andrew Lázaro, Fidel Morales, Javier Rodríguez Curet and Luis Marín, among many others.

Barrón has performed in several important venues and festivals in Mexico, the United States, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Canada, France, Italy, and Austria. The following stand out: in New York, 2016 Blue Note Jazz Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, BB King Blues Club, Joe’s Pub, The Jazz Gallery; the Great Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna; Carolina International Jazz Festival and the 2008 Mayagüez Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico; the 6th International Festival JazzUV in Mexico; the Performing Arts Festival 2003 in Ecuador and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, as part of the IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) convention in Canada.

Guillermo Barrón has one musical production under his belt, “¿CUÁL ES LA PRISA?” (What’s the rush?), that includes original compositions and arrangements, and that cover his main musical influences: Latin-American music, jazz and flamenco, from where it emerges a contemporary Latin jazz. Additionally, he has also been part of a great selection of musical recordings, among which we find “Omío” with the drummer and composer Fidel Morales, “Díaz” with the salsa singer Juan Pablo Díaz, “Pancho Irizarry LIVE” with the rumba flamenca guitarist Pancho Irizarry, “Zacandeleate” with the plena group Zacandela, “Art of the Duo” with the pianist Carli Muñoz and the percussionist Felipe Fournier, and “Huazzteco”, “XIlitla” and “Yankuilistli”, the last three with the Mexican jazz band Huazzteco.

As an instructor, he has taught workshops and classes at the Universidad Veracruzana’s Centro de Estudios JAZZUV, in Xalapa, Veracruz and at the Center for the Arts of San Luis Potosí (both located in Mexico), as part of their jazz program, teaching Latin percussion, theory and ensemble.

He currently lives in New York City, where he collaborates with different musical projects, such as Jarana Beat, Project Grand Slam, SUPERMAMBO and Adderesound.

My Soultone Set: 

10" Heavy Hammered Splash
16" FXO 6 Effect Crash
22" Natural Crash Ride
8" Vintage Splash
14" Heavy Hammered Hi Hat Pair
16" Natural Crash

Discography