I was born in a small town outside of Medellin, Colombia and started learning music from my father at a young age. I began learning basic techniques on the piano as a child and picked up the accordion at 16. When I was 8 years old, I moved to the United States where I continued my musical practices throughout school.
I attended UC San Diego where I met my professor and mentor Kamau Kenyatta. Kenyatta, a humble Grammy Award Winning producer and fantastic musician, took me under his wing and began giving me private lessons. It was under his instruction that I began to learn advanced jazz techniques. Kenyatta also encouraged me to deeper explore my Latin roots and develop a style for combining Latin music with Jazz.
At UC San Diego, I studied Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts in Music and obtained a minor in Music and another in Computer Science. I was involved in the Jazz Ensemble as well as outside projects with local emerging artists.
In addition to that, I work as an audiovisual technician on campus and have been the Front of House sound engineer for many live bands and other events hosted on campus. I hope to continue this work in the future while simultaneously performing and improving my musical talents on the piano and the accordion.