Julio Rivera

Julio Rivera

Percussionist of the Musical Group Guaco

Full Name: Julio César Rivera Rosales
Occupation: Musician - Percussionist
Age: 49 years old.
Date of birth: 28/02/1966
Birth Place: Maracaibo
State: Zulia / Country: Venezuela.

Musical Background:

1980—1981: Musical Group: “BONGO”.
Genre: Latin music.
Instrument(s) played: Kettle drums and bongo drums.
1981—1982: Musical Group: “EPOCA”.
Genre: Gaita.
Instrument(s) played: Drums.
1982—1983: Musical Group: “NUEVA GENERACION”.
Genre: Avant-garde music and Gaita.
Instrument(s) played: Drums.
1983—1984: Musical Group: “ELITE GAITERA”.
Genre: Gaita -Tamborera.
Instrument(s) played: Drums, kettle drums and minor percussion.
1984—1988: Musical Group: “CARANGANO”.
Genre : Afrocaribean (Merengue, Salsa, etc.)
Instrument(s) played: Drums, kettle drums and minor percussion.
1988—Nowadays: Musical Group: “GUACO”.
Genre: GUACO
Instrument(s) played: Kettle drums and minor percussion.

Recording Studio Experience:

1982 /1983 Musical Group: “NUEVA GENERACION”.
Musical Production: “UN DOLAR”.
Instrument(s) played: Drums, kettle drums and minor percussion.
1983………... Musical Group: “ELITE GAITERA”.
Musical Production: “EL SOLTERO” y “NUESTROS CANTARES”
Instrument(s) played: Drums, kettle drums and minor percussion.
1984—1988 Musical Group: “CARANGANO”.
Musical Productions: “PENSANDO EN TI”, “UN NUEVO AMOR”.
Instrument(s) played: Drums, kettle drums and minor percussion.
1984—Nowadays: Musical Group: “GUACO”.
Musical Productions:
1990: “ATRACCION FATAL”
1991/1992: “GUACO”
1993: “TRICERAPTOS”
1995: “ARCHIPIELAGO”
1997: “AMAZONAS”
1999: “COMO ERA Y COMO ES”
2000: “EQUILIBRIO”
2002: “GALOPANDO”
2004: “EL SONIDO DE VENEZUELA”
2006: “EQUS”
2010: “GOAJIRO”
2012: “ESCULTURA"
Instrument(s) played: Kettle drums and percussion in general.

Studio Recordings for other artists:

1998 ………….. Artist: David Montes (TROPICO ELECTRICO)
(Madrid) Genre: Latin Pop
Track: Mírala
Instrument(s) played: Kettle drums and percussion in general.
2005 ………….. Artist: Rosario Flores
(Madrid) Genre: Flamenco Pop
Track: En mi casa.
Instrument(s) played: Kettle drums.
2006 ………… Musical Group: “LOS BLANCO”.
Musical Production: “LA GAITA LLEGO”
Instrument(s) played: Kettle drums and minor percussion.
2007 ………… Musical Group: “MI PRESENTE” (JAIME INDRIAGO Feat.
OSCAR D’LEON).
Musical Production: “DECIMO ANIVERSARIO”
Instrument(s) played: Cajón, kettle drums and minor percussion.
2008……….. Musical Group: “TIA JUANA ES GAITA”
Musical Production:
Instrument(s) played: Kettle drums.
2009.......... Musical Group: "Mi Presente" of Jaime Indriago
2010.......... Musical Group: "Grupo Musical VHG" of Luis Escaray and "Argenis Carruyo y su Orquesta" (Lit. Argenis Carruyo’s Orchestra)
2011.......... Musical Group: "Mi Presente" of Jaime Indriago
2012.......... Musical Group: "Hermandad, Tambor y Costa"
2012.......... Musical Group: "Rumba Libre de Nelson Bueno"

Shared Studio Recording Sessions with the following musical groups:

Hermandad, Tambor y Costa/ Rumba Libre de Nelson Bueno/VHG/La Soberana (San Juan de Los Morros).

Other Musical Experiences:

· Oportunity to share the stage with: Gilberto Santa Rosa, Luis Enrique, Rubén Blades, Oscar D’León, Ricardo Arjona, among others.
· Musical Direction for the ODT (Orquesta de Todos) (lit. Everybody’s Orchestra), A project that was concieved with the purpose of promoting and rescuing the afrocaribean music movement in the state, along with AZUSALSA and OZUSALSA, sharing stage up to this moment with: Wladimir Lozano, Edgar (Dolor) (lit. Pain) Quijada, Marcial Isturiz, Orlando Poleo, Angel Flores, Wilmer Lozano y Luis Quintero, Robert Quintero, Ralph Irizarry, Gerardo Rosales, among others.

Work Experience

2003 – 2014 Parish Coordinator for FUNDAGRAEZ
(FOUNDATION FOR THE ACADEMY OF THE GAITA RICARDO AGUIRRE OF THE)
ZULIA STATE)
23/01 – 26/01 Spokesperson and promoted artist in the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 2014, event held in the city of Anaheim, California.

 On the Radio:
1996— 2002….. Production of the program “Nuestra Cosa Latina” (lit. Our latin thing), PDVSA FM.
2003— 2004…… Production and hosting of the program “Salsa Máxima”,
MAXIMA 104.3 FM
2005— 2006…… Production and hosting of the program “Salsa Cool”, COL 105.9 FM
2007— 2008…… Production and hosting of the program “Tropicalisalsa”, Tropical
100.1 FM
2011 — Present... Production and Hosting of the program "Salsa Extrema". 100.1 FM

 Academics:
 Performance as Instructor on Percussion Workshops (Music Clips , The Music Palace)
 Participation as guest instructor on percussion workshops delivered by: Robert Quintero (February 2009), Vladimir Quintero (April 2009) and Ralph Irizarry (May 2009), musicians of international prestige.
 Performance as Instructor on the “I Seminario de Percusión Afro - Venezolana y Afro – Latina” dictated on Barinas - Venezuela (July 2009)
 Performance as Instructor on the workshop “El timbal y su evolución” (lit. The kettledrums and its evolution) for the Rafael Belloso Chacín University (URBE). Maracaibo– Venezuela (February 2011)
 First workshop of Latin percusión. Musical Academy. Valera – Venezuela (July 2012)

Current Occupation:

 Percussionist of the Musical Group Guaco.
 Musical director of the Orchestra "Julito y su trabuco"
Endorsement by:
Valer Percussion
World Music
Meinl Percussion
Soultone Cymbals

Training:
2004…….INTRODUCCION A LA METODOLOGIA PARA LA ENSEÑANZA DE LA
GAITA DE FURRO.
(lit. INTRODUCTION TO THE METHODOLOGY FOR TEACHING “GAITA DE FURRO”)
2007…….LA GAITA ZULIANA, ORIGEN Y EVOLUCION.
(lit. GAITA ZULIANA, ORIGINATION AND EVOLUTION)
2008…….SUPERVISION Y CONFIABILIDAD.
(lit. SUPERVISION AND RELIABILITY)
2011.......Taller de Mejoramiento Profesional para la Enseñanza de la Música Zuliana.
(lit. Workshop for the professional betterment of the teaching of zulian music)

My Soultone Set: 

12" Latin Splash
16" Custom Brilliant FXO 6 China
16" Latin Crash
16" Extreme China
12" Custom Briilliant Hi Hat
17" Latin crash Big Bell

Discography