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CHRISTIAN PEPIN - A Tour of Latin America
January 28, 2014
Puerto Rican born GRAMMY®-winning Latin Jazz percussionist
Carlos Caro ( Percussion )
Alex Conde ( Piano )
David Pinto ( Bass )
Special Guest Appearance
Flamenco Vocalist Kina Mendez
“Christian is the real deal.A triple-threat who can sing, play and write. Just a super talent.” - Karl Perazzo - Carlos Santana
“He is fluent in so many ways: salsa, jazz, latin, rock, pop, blues, celtic folk,. His commands of melody, harmony, rhythm and improvisation have always impressed greatly.” - Tommy Igoe- Tommy Igoe Birdland Big Band NYC
Tuesday, Jan 28, 8pm
GENERAL ADMISSION: $12
DINNER & ADMISSION: $50
DOOR PRICE: $14
A GRAMMY®-winning percussionist, Christian Pepin is a “musical multilinguist” who embodies the soul of a percussionist that inherently stirs the human spirit. From his supersonic slaps to the thunderous open tones and heavy hitting bass notes, the young Christian Pepin shows perceptiveness and adoration for Latin music. His keen sense, gifted interpretation of music, and the influence of the New York streets has allowed Christian to translate his bliss.
Whether it be on the stage or set to Avant-garde Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz, he can make his drums speak fluently to any listener. Christian Pepin is also a well known band leader with his electrifying Jazz group called The Demetria Jazz Project. The group consists of some of todays top musicians such Alex Conde (Piano), Carlos Caro (Congas), GRAMMY® nominated David Pinto (Bass) just to name a few.
From his humble roots in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Christian Pepin has played music all his life. His father, a gifted musician in his own right, and mother, a talented vocalist, gave him a set of drums at the tender age of six. As he became older, he made the transition to timbale, then congas, and onto bongó all while perfecting his musical craft. Music is innately a dominant part of the Pepin family: his great-grandfather Toño Pepin, his Grandfather Papo Pepin, and his cousin Bobby Allende. Music breathes life into the soul of Christian Pepin that sustains him as a musician.
He moved to Spokane, WA from New York City with his family during his teenage years and continued his studies. He learned to improvise many styles such as Rumba which helped shape and develop Christian's melodic, versatile, and danceable sound.
In 2001, Christian moved to Seattle where he continued to develop his unique sound as well as a strong following. During that time, he excelled in Marching Band and went on to play all instruments in the Battery, also known as the 'Drum Line'. Christian fell in love with third bass drum for its complex and challenging odd time. Later In mid 2005, he was asked to join the Cascade Marching Band.
Since then, he has and continues to tour all over the world. He has also performed and/or recorded with the likes of Poncho Sanchez, Tommy Igoe, Nestor Torres, Pete Escovedo, Steve Turre, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, and many other artists.