Opus Mundi Music Project (world, Latin Jazz , Jazz)

The Opus Mundi Music Project compiles different musical styles such as Jazz, World Music, Latin and Funk; these musical influences are reflected in the experience of the musicians. Opus Mundi is available for concerts and club dates. The group also applies its vast knowledge and experience in educational settings. Topics covered are: ?Folkloric music from Puerto Rico?, ?The integration of Puerto-Rican rhythms into New Orleans music? and ?Musical interaction between instruments?. Opus Mundi's leader, Eddie "Gua Gua" Rivera, feels at ease playing salsa, jazz, latin jazz, fusion among many other styles. The long list of musicians "Gua Gua" has worked with throughout his career in both the Latin dance and Latin Jazz world is a virtual who's who of music ? among then: Mongo Santamaria, Gato Barbieri, Tito Puente, Machito, Ray Barretto, Ruben Blades, Willie Colon, Arturo Sandoval, Ricardo Ray, Arsenio, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Batacumbele, Louie Ramirez, Joe Cuba, Giovanni Hidalgo, Charlie Palmieri, Eddie Palmieri to name a few. He has played in several international festivals: Montreux, North Sea Jazz Festival, Monterrey, Newport Jazz Festival, Stuttgart, Toros y Salsa, Juan Les Pins, Blue Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, San Juan Heiniken Jazz Fest, London Jazz Festival, Barranquilla Jazz Festival and the Tokyo Jazz Fest. He has toured with: Latin Legends (Larry Harlow), Raices, Gipsy Kings, Batacumbele, Gato Barbieri, Felix Cavaleri, Mongo Santamaria, Thunder Drums (Tata Guines, Changuito and Giovanni Hidalgo). He also participated in the Contemporary Drums and Percussion Summer Camp 2008 at UCF with Opus Mundi. His first recording was with Willie Colon ?El Malo? for Fania Records, shortly afterwards he joined Charlie Palmieri's ?La Duboney?. By the time he was 17, Eddie "Gua Gua" had recorded two LP's for Atlantic Records. He has three GRAMMY AWARD winning projects; two with Eddie Palmieri ?The Sun of Latin Music? and ?Unfinished Masterpiece? and one with Arturo Sandoval ?Danzon/Dance On - Para mis Abuelos?. He also worked on three very prestigious live recordings: ?Larry Harlow Live in Quad?, recorded at Sing Sing Prison, New York; ?Mongo Live in Montreux? recorded in Montreux, Switzerland; and ?Batacumbele Live at the University of Puerto Rico?. He can also be heard on three LP's for Chico O' Farill on the Phillips International Label in New York City, released in Japan and Europe. Eddie has worked on several movie sound tracks and has toured throughout the world in the course of his 40-year career. He is one the few musicians who can claim to have worked on over 600 record dates. He currently leads his own group ?Dominion?, and continues tour and freelance with many groups. He is now working with his own world jazz trio (Opus Mundi). Contact: 407-963-0455 sanchezdimas5@gmail.com Band Members : Eddie "Gua Gua" Rivera - Bass and Leader Tony Castillo - Piano Dimas Sanchez - Drums