Yilmer José Vivas Rosales & Leonard Jacome
Yilmer Vivas @ Schagerl Brass Festival 2014
::: Schagerl Snare Drums:
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Yilmer Vivas was born in San Juan de Colón, Tachira, on February 27th of 1987. He began his musical studies at the age of 8 when he started to play percussion with the professor Jose “Cheo” Cárdenas in the System of Youth and Children Orchestras of Venezuela known as “El Sistema”. The following year he joined the Youth Orchestra of Táchira.
On 2005 goes to Caracas and began to study Percussion in the Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music and the Musical Studies University Institute. From this year until 2010 he was a percussion player of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Caracas, under the conduction of national and international re-known conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Eduardo Marturet and Dietrich Paredes.
On 2007 Yilmer began to study drums with the Venezuelan drummer Andres Briceño. During this year, he joined and founded with another musicians the Simon Bolivar Big Band Jazz participating in seminars and sharing the stage with Rolando Briceño, James Seeley, Richard Griffin, James Delano Zollar, Stafford Hunter, Danny Mixon, Nicolas Folmer, Lawrence O’Neill, Robert Quintero, Olegario Diaz, Dave Samuels, Ed Roman Filiu and Wolf. Additionally, he has participated in seminars and percussion masterclass with Weldzer Wieland, Jan Schlichte, Fernando Meza, John Grimes and Jerry Leake. Yilmer has participated as guest musician in the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, he was also part of Venezuela Percussion Ensemble and has participated as professor and guest musician in the International Percussion Festival of the “Llanos” that occurs annually in the city of Guanare, Portuguesa.
He has made international tours and performed with the Waraira ensemble in Hungary on 2007 and Vaare ensemble in Curacao on 2011. He also toured to New York and Boston with by the Simon Bolivar Big Jazz Band getting great reviews on his presentation at the Lincoln Center. On February 2012 Yilmer also tour to Belarus as guest drummer of the Angelo Pagliuca’s Big Band Jazz where he managed a splendid performance and get a favorable welcome by musicians and conductor of the Big Band as well as the Belorussian public.
In October 2012 he made a successful tour with the Percussion Ensemble Venezuela Europe and participated with Vaäre ensemble on FITUR 2013 held in the city of Madrid, Spain. In July 2014 he appeared in the Brass Schagerl festival in the city of Vienna with his ensemble Strings Under Pressure.
Within his recordings Yilmer has participated with the musicians and ensembles Freddy Adrian (drums), Rotnesth Medina (Drums) Strings Under Pressure (Drums and Percussion), Latinamerican Clasics Venezuela Symphony Orchestra (Percussion), Ensamble Vaare, among others.
He’s worked and is currently working on personal projects and national and international festivals with musicians from renowned national career as Aquiles Baez, Roberto Koch, Pablo Gil, Juan Angel Esquivel, Gonzalo Tepa, Rodner Padilla, Gustavo Carucí, Jorge Glem, Eddy Marcano, Andrés Briceño, Mirna Ríos, Linda Briceño, Erick Chacón, Gerald “Chipi” Chacon, Freddy Adrian, Gerardo Chacon, Leonard Jácome, José “cheche” Requena ,Ruben Paiba, Primate, Carmela Ramírez, Gabriel Chakarji, Hector Molina, Edwar Ramirez, Alfredo Naranjo, Betzaida Machado, Hana Kobayashi
He’s also part of various groups such as Ensemble Vaäre, Strings Under Pressure, Takto urban percussion, The Pepperland, Zenith Rock Band, Big Band of the Americas, Black Coffee Band, Big Band Jazz of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela