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I am extremely undisciplined; I practice when I am inspired.
La pianista californiana Rebeca Mauleón ha estado en la vanguardia de la música latina y World music durante más de veinticinco años. Rebeca es una artista prolífica, compositora, arreglista e igualmente una consagrada escritora y educadora.
A self-taught pianist who started playing in the salsa band Charanga Rene Del Mar as a teen in the Mission District, Mauleón was born in Santa Monica, but moved to San Francisco as an infant.
She explored her Spanish heritage and danced flamenco while growing up, and got deeply into Afro-Cuban music hanging out at the Mission Cultural Center and at rumbas with colleagues Karl Perazzo and John Santos. She was driven to learn more about the Afro-Cuban musical form son, and studied with Latin piano legend Carlos Federico.
Since then, she's earned a master's degree in composition from Mills College in Oakland and paid dues working with Hart and Planet Drum, Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, Steve Winwood, Pete Escovedo, Santos and the Machete Ensemble, Orquesta Batachanga and others. In 1998, Mauleón formed her own quintet, Round Trip, and produced a debut album that landed her gigs at the Kennedy Center's Women in Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C., and several regional festivals.
Como solista, el primer disco de Rebeca Mauleón se titula Round Trip, álbum que recibió la aclamación de la crítica internacional, manteniéndose en Latin Beat Hit Parade durante siete meses consecutivos, incluyendo el primer lugar.
Author/pianist, has recorded and performed with; Carlos Santana, Tito Puente, Poncho Sanchez, Pete Escovedo, The Machete Ensemble, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Francisco Aguabella, Daniel Ponce, Alex Acuna, Giovanni Hildalgo, Justo Almario, Steve Turre, Joe Henderson ...and many others.