Michael Pipoquinha first electrified the interwebs with his homemade bass videos nine years ago, when he was 13. The prowess and precociousness he displayed in his early You- Tube efforts was duly noted on bass forums, as players two and three times his age tried to parse his musical magic. Where did he come from? He sounds like Janek mixed with Jaco. Is he even better than those guys? He’s Brazilian, of course—doesn’t that explain everything?
Pipoquinha, now 22, learned to play bass the organic way, from his father and grandfather. He’s grown up in the YouTube age, copping licks from bassists and guitarists alike. His style, informed by his Brazilian heritage, combines mad slapping skills in the Wooten vein, along with ferocious grooves, plus serious melodic and harmonic knowledge.
José André Montaño is a jazz pianist and composer. Born in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He taught himself how to play piano from a very young age. His playful and inspired compositions bridges Jazz, Rock, Blues, Bossa Nova, Latin American Folklore, and World music. He is a musician who flavors his tunes with Latin rhythms and jazz harmonies. Anyone who has the opportunity to hear him play are amazed by his speed and accuracy. Despite his very young age he has already delighted audiences from prestigious festivals and concert halls across the Americas including Washington D.C.s Kennedy Center, Millennium stage.
“I play with the heart” says the young pianist who loves music and life. “It’s a gift!” he adds.