|Rodrigo Munoz 'Papa Mambo'|
Guitarist, percussionist, bassist Rodrigo Muñoz is well known around Winnipeg, especially as the band leader of the popular Latin Jazz ensemble Papa Mambo, which he formed in the late eighties. As a percussionist, he has had the honour of backing Latin legends, such as Tito Puente and Jose Luis "Changuito" Quintana, and more recently, Canadian jazz stars like Jane Bunnett and Hilario Duran.
He was on the executive board of the Winnipeg Classical Guitar Society when it was first conceived in the mid-eighties, and as a classical musician, he has given solo recitals and accompanied and/or played with numerous ensembles and
soloists, such as Alma Petchersky, Camerata Nova, Claire Marchand, Maritel Centurion, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the BrandonUniversity Choir the Winnipeg Philarmonic Choir and the Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers.
Rodrigo studied Classical Guitar under Harold Micay at the University of Manitoba in the early eighties, and Afro Latin Percussion in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late eighties.
He has served on music-related juries a number of times for The Manitoba Arts Council, The Canada Arts Council and The Canadian Juno Awards.
He is also a teacher who cares deeply about his students. He has taught at the University of Manitoba through the Prep Studies Department, and done a number of clinics around the province, at the University of Manitoba, Canadian
Mennonite University, Norway House, Long & McQuade Music, and numerous high schools around the city of Winnipeg. He currently teaches at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts as well as privately out of his home.
Some of his recordings include:
Papa Mambo--Papa Mambo (1992--indie)
He is also a composer, arranger, and producer. He has toured with Changuito, The Duhks, Paris to Kyiv, and more recently
with his band on a cross-Canada jazz festival tour.
Currently he is working on a guitar duets CD with Skender Sefa, a CD of traditional and original tunes with Composer and accordionist Jim Hiscott and a third CD of Salsa music with his band Papa Mambo.
Country: Latin America