What first got you into music?
My family has always been very musical, even though nobody was a professional musician. Most of our family events had live music so I was surrounded by musicians from a young age. My dad used to play the cuatro before I was born, so it was his passion for the instrument that inspired me to want to learn it.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I would describe it as Latin Jazz mixed with Puerto Rican folk.
How are you staying creative during the pandemic?
I'm doing a lot of recording for personal projects as well as collaborations. I've also had the pleasure of participating in multiple online concerts with Celebrity Series and other Boston and Puerto Rico based entities which have pushed me to continue expanding my repertoire and working on new music.
Any upcoming CDs or special projects being released soon?
No projects to be released soon, but you can check out my most recent album "Al Otro Lado del Charco" on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and all digital platforms!
How have you been connecting with friends and family during this time?
I have been using Facetime and Zoom to stay connected with family and friends, but I miss getting together with friends for lunch or a coffee.
Are there any favorite cafes or restaurants you’ve ordered takeout from?
I love a small spot in Jackson Square called Yely's Cafe. They've got some of the best Latin food in the JP/Roxbury area!
Are there any favorite venues in your neighborhood you miss and look forward to attending once things reopen?
I miss performing at La Fabrica Central (in Cambridge). I really look forward to my next performance there.
What is one message you would like to give to your fans?
To stay strong during these times! Find and continue working on your passions and hobbies, we will all be together soon!
Save the date for our next concert with Puerto Rican cuatro player Fabiola Méndez on Thursday, June 18 at 7 PM. Tune in to Facebook Live this Thursday for her concert!