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27 Aug 11am
The Peruvian Cajon in The Afro-Peruvian style Festejo Workshop
Oscar Quilca presents a creative video teaching how to play one of the most popular […]Watch Now Share
Oscar Quilca Barcelli is a recognized Latin jazz ambassador (by Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation Awards) and an internationally renowned drummer, composer and educator who has quickly become one of the most sought after instrumentalists in the US and South America. He is a markedly versatile musician, performing drums and percussion in various styles, including Jazz, Latin Jazz, World Music, Afro-Peruvian music, Latin pop music, Brazilian music and Funk. As an educator and composer, he has a rich wealth of knowledge in music theory as well as the creativity to break barriers.At the beginning of his artistic career, he encountered many barriers in Peru, so in 2014 he made the decision to move to Brazil to study in one of the most prestigious music schools in South America, Faculdade Souza Lima & Berklee. During this time he got the opportunity to study with Brazilian maestros such as Sizão Machado, Lupa Santiago, Carlos Ezequiel, Nene, Rodrigo Ursaia, Daniel D’Alcantara, Victor Alcantara, Jarbas Barbossa, among others. He focused on learning the Brazilian styles Samba, Baiao, Bossa Nova, Partido Alto, Ijexa, Xote, Maracatu, Samba Funk and Jazz.After two years, Oscar aspired to continue his studies at the best music school in the world, Berklee College of Music. However, economic barriers almost prevented his dream from coming true. Thus, he applied and won a scholarship granted by this university and was able to continue studying and learning from great musicians. Likewise, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation decided to give him three scholarships for three consecutive years to reward his extraordinary abilities, work and effort. Consequently, Oscar became an ambassador of the foundation. He got the chance to learn from the most acclaimed musicians in the world such as Ralph Peterson, Omar Hakim, Ayn Inserto, Lin Biviano, Robert Gullotti, Yoron Israel, James Murphy, Victor Wooten, Oscar Stagnaro, Nando Michelin and many more. At Berklee he discovered his passion for Latin Jazz music and he began studying many different styles such as Festejo, Lando, Currulao, Onda Nueva, Joropo, Chacarera, Jazz, Jazz Waltz, Contemporary Jazz, Mambo, Salsa and many more.In 2017 he was invited to perform at the biggest Jazz conference of the world, The Jazz Education Network in New Orleans. He performed as the lead drummer and percussionist of the best Big Band from Peru, The Jazz Groove Big Band. In the same year he also got awarded the “Percussion Scholarship” offered by the Percussion department of Berklee. This award is given to the best musicians from Berklee. He got the chance to play in a lead drumming role many different times at the Berklee Performance Center, one of the biggest and most respected venues of Boston, where acclaimed musicians such as Chick Corea, Chucho Valdes, Eva Ayllon, Paco de Lucia Project and many more, have performed. Oscar has performed there as lead drummer in different events such as The Folk Festival with Claudia Medina’s band, The Latin VIVE Festival as house band of many artists, house band of Singers Night directed by Ned Rosenblatt, The Women Musician Network directed by Christiane Karam, among other events. He also gained a position as drumr accompanist for the Berklee Voice Department and had the opportunity to work in master classes, vocal classes and concerts with acclaimed musicians and events such as Kurt Elling, Ned Rosenblatt, Ashlee Vaneer, Singers night, and many more. Upon finishing his college career, Oscar graduated from Berklee with a major in Performance with honors, Magna Cum Laude in 2018.As a bandleader he began his project “Oscar Quilca Afro-Peruvian Project” in Lima on 2016. His project is based on the mixture of the traditional Afro-Peruvian music with Contemporary Jazz. His first performance was at the prestigious jazz club Delfus Bar (Lima, Peru) in 2016. He presented his project in many other venues in Lima such as The Jazz Zone, Cocodrilo Verde, Gato Tulipan, Paradero Cultural and many more. In Boston he presented his project in important venues such as The Lilypad, The Berklee Performance Center, David Friend Recital Hall, Wally’s Café, MIT and many more. He has recorded two original compositions of his project and he won two scholarships from the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation with these compositions.In 2019 he started working as the lead drummer of the SweetBeats band, an award-winning wedding band from Massachusetts. He auditioned early this year and Sergei, the band’s manager, offered him the job. They have been performing all over the Massachusetts area, with more than 50 performances including weddings, corporate events and nightclub performances.In the summer of 2019 he got hired as a staff member of the Berklee Voice Department. He started working in the Berklee Vocal Summit and he got a full week of performances at the Berklee Performance Center accompanying acclaimed and well known singers such as Russell Taylor, Jo Lawry, Tom Basket, Jeff Ramsay, among others. He also had the chance to be the drummer of the Master class of GRAMMY award winner, Dee Dee Bridgewater. He also worked in many vocal classes of well-known vocal coaches such as Ned Rosenblatt, Erini Tornesaki, Joey Blake, Ashlee Varner, Peter Eldridge, Gabrielle Goodman and many more.In the fall of 2019 he got an invitation from the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation to perform at the Gala of The 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards in Las Vegas. During this event he worked as the drummer of Sofia Carson, a model, actress and singer. The band was composed of all the Latin GRAMMY Cultural foundation scholarship recipients. The 13-time GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY award winner producer, mixer and engineer Rafa Sardina (he has worked with Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Alejandro Sanz, Paco de Lucia, Stevie Wonder, Nick Jonas and many more) directed the band. They opened the gala in honor to the Latin Person of The Year, Juanes. During this performance, Oscar had the honor to share the stage with the most famous artists in the Latin music industry such as Alejandro Sanz, Sebastian Yatra, Rosalia, Ozuna, Jesse & Joy, Orianthi, Morat, Juan Luis Guerra, Juanes, Mon Laferte, among many others. He also was introduced at the ceremony by Ricky Martin as the future of the Latin music and as an Ambassador of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. He gave the GRAMMY award to Alejandro Sanz in the category of The Best Record of The Year.Oscar is currently a lead/critical member of many different projects of some of the best musicians in Boston. He is currently playing different styles such as Currulao, Festejo, Lando, Latin Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Pop, Latin Pop, Funk and Rock. He is working on releasing new compositions with his Afro-Peruvian project and planning a tour around The U.S. and South America.