a bit about me
Over my community and social work
I'm a musician, music educator, workshop leader & trainer devoted to facilitating social change through improvisation, sound and play.
Based in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and working with several organizations around the globe, I focus on community development and youth work by exploring and experimenting with inter-cultural communication, diversity, democracy, inclusion, belonging, peace and solidarity. I have experience working with communities and individuals that underwent significant stress because of refuge seeking, culture clash, extreme poverty and social injustice in Colombia, Germany and The Netherlands. See my work.
With degrees in popular and improvised music, music / event management and professional training in music pedagogy, I work as a guest lecturer at the Methodologies for Musical Training program of the Javeriana University in Bogotá, at Tontalente e.V. in Lübeck and advise cultural and education organizations like the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Colombia in project conception and development.
Over My artistic work
Next to my community work I love to share my passion for the guitar and bass guitar in particular with students of all levels in private lessons (Find out more). I received my professional music education at the Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia, where I studied with renowned European musicians such as Tilmann Dehnhard, Rupert Stamm, Anette Wizisla, Christoph Adams, Johannes Bockholt and American vibraphonist, David Friedman. I studied bass with Cesar Cortés, Diego Nicolás Rodríguez, Mauricio Sichacá, Alfonso (Pocho) Cruz and Luís Alfonso (Lucho) Guevara. It was also here where I started my career as music educator and many of my students have become successful professional musicians (Meet my students).
I work with several music projects where I combine different cultures and beats (Find out more). My main artistic project is ANTIPODA, a Colombian heavy rock band, of which I am the bass player. With this band I've gained most of my live, studio and industry experience, having played in massive festivals like Rock al Parque, supported bands like Opeth and Katatonia, produced music with multi-award winning producers like Daniel Bergstrand at Dugout Productions and collaborated with artists like Dung Hoang.
As an online learning & teaching trainer and consultant
I support institutions in developing a sustainable online teaching strategy. I developed an innovative methodology that uses the Internet as a research trip and motivational tool for students at an international level. For the past 15 years I have successfully used this method to get into deeper contact with students than is possible in the classroom.
For 10 years I have been a lecturer in the course “Methods of using the Internet and new technologies in music teaching” as part of the postgraduate studies in musical training methods at the Xaveriana University in Bogotá and I recently started teaching at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla and supporting the University of Barcelona in Master's degree in music therapy. I presented my work extensively at conferences and given workshops in Colombia and the Caribbean, including at the Latin American Forum for Music Education (Fladem) in Guatemala. The institutions whose music lecturers, educators and trainers I've advised on the virtualization and digitization of learning and teaching include, in addition to several educational institutions in Germany, the University of Agder in Kristiansand (Norway), the University of Barcelona and the University Xaveriana (Colombia) as well as the Catalan Association for Music Therapy and the Musicians Without Borders with their project “Soy Música” in El Salvador.