Rodrigo Chavez, Chilean born musician, has specialized in classical Guitar and Afro-Latin percussion for more than fifteen years. He studied Sociology and French at York University and has traveled extensible throughout Peru, Venezuela and Cuba studying traditional rhythms and musical styles of those countries. He has performed in Chile, Argentina, USA, Canada and Korea. In Canada he has performed at The Banff Centre for the Arts, the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, and for the National Ballet of Canada. He has participated in numerous recordings projects.
In 1997 he became the Artistic Director of CASSAVA Latin Rhythms, a band with a new musical approach to a fusion of Afro-Latin rhythms with Jazz and popular music from Latin America. He has performed in most international festivals of Canada, Chicago in USA and South Korea.
Rodrigo has been leading workshops for many conferences, organizations, and schools for many years. He is currently touring Ontario and Quebec conducting workshops on Afro-Latin rhythms for middle and high schools with the support of Ontario Arts Council and the different Boards of Education.
His teaching philosophy is grounded in giving students tools for their own creation. These tools open a window to an entirely new world of expression, a world that is both magical and connected to their own reality. They can then explore in the context of their daily life, and create new forms of expression.
We don’t mean to brag, but….
…ok, yes we do mean to brag. Here are some of the amazing folks who have presented at Mindcamp in the past. Click on any of their names to view their bio.