Percussionist and composer, born in San Luis Potosí, México. Barrón has developed his style with different ensembles that cover a wide range of musical genres and styles, such as classical music, rock, pop, flamenco, Mexican music, salsa and Latin jazz, among others. He has performed with many international artists: José Feliciano, Luisito Quintero, Charlie Sepúlveda, Ralph Irizarry, Julio Alvarado, Oscar Stagnaro, Roby Lakatos, Héctor Martignon, John Benitez, Axel Tosca Laugart, Xiomara Laugart, David Sánchez, Gabriel Hernández, Osmany Paredes, Brian Lynch and the salsa singers Roberto Blades, Rafu Warner, Víctor Manuelle, Pepito Gómez, Paquito Guzmán and Miguel Ángel Barcasnegras “Meñique”, just to name a few.

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Guillermo Barrón began his Latin percussion studies privately in his hometown, with the maestro Ramón Nieto, and musical theory with Jorge Martinez Zapata. He eventually moved to Xalapa, Veracruz, where he joined the classical percussion program of the School of Music at the Universidad Veracruzana. At the same time, he continued taking private Afro-Cuban percussion lessons with Miguel Cruz. Later, he would attend the Caribbean Music and Jazz program at the Conservatory in Puerto Rico, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, and studied under the direction of Paoli Mejías, Andrew Lázaro, Fidel Morales, Javier Rodríguez Curet and Luis Marín, among many others.

 

Barrón has performed in several important venues and festivals in Mexico, the United States, Japan, Ecuador, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Canada, France, Italy, Cyprus and Austria. The following stand out: Blue Note Tokyo in Japan, Jamaica International Ocho Rios Jazz Festival 2017 in Jamaica; 2016 Blue Note Jazz Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, BB King Blues Club, Joe’s Pub, The Jazz Gallery in New York City; New Jersey Performing Arts Center in New Jersey; Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, California; Poway Center for the Performing Arts in San Diego, California; the Great Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna; Carolina International Jazz Festival and the 2008 Mayagüez Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico; the 6th International Festival JazzUV in Mexico; the Performing Arts Festival 2003 in Ecuador and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, as part of the IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) convention in Canada.

 

Guillermo Barrón has one musical production under his belt, “¿CUÁL ES LA PRISA?” (What’s the rush?), that includes original compositions and arrangements, and that cover his main musical influences: Latin-American music, jazz and flamenco, from where it emerges a contemporary Latin Jazz. Additionally, he has also been part of a great selection of musical recordings, sharing credits with Gilberto Santa Rosa, Lenny Prieto, Paoli Mejías, Axel Tosca, Luis Marín, Eddie Gómez, Pedro Pérez, Charlie Sepulveda and Gabriel Rodríguez, among which we find “Omío” with the drummer and composer Fidel Morales, “Díaz” with the salsa singer Juan Pablo Díaz, “Mi Camino” with the bassist Emiliano Coronel, “Pancho Irizarry LIVE” with the rumba flamenca guitarist Pancho Irizarry, “Zacandeleate” with the plena group Zacandela, “Art of the Duo” with the pianist Carli Muñoz and the percussionist Felipe Fournier, and “Huazzteco”, “XIlitla” and “Yankuilistli”, the last three with the Mexican jazz band Huazzteco.

 

As an instructor, he has taught workshops and classes at the Universidad Veracruzana’s Centro de Estudios JAZZUV, in Xalapa, Veracruz and at the Center for the Arts of San Luis Potosí (both located in Mexico), as part of their jazz program, teaching Latin percussion, theory and ensemble.

 

He currently lives in New York City, where he collaborates with different musical projects, such as Project Grand Slam, Radio Jarocho, SUPERMAMBO, Tres del Solar, Alex Conde Flamenco Jazz Project and Adderesound. Guillermo is a Soultone Cymbals Artist.

 

Percussionist and composer, born in San Luis Potosí, México. Barrón has developed his style with different ensembles that cover a wide range of musical genres and styles, such as classical music, rock, pop, flamenco, Mexican music, salsa and Latin jazz, among others. He has performed with many international artists: José Feliciano, Luisito Quintero, Charlie Sepúlveda, Ralph Irizarry, Julio Alvarado, Oscar Stagnaro, Roby Lakatos, Héctor Martignon, John Benitez, Axel Tosca Laugart, Xiomara Laugart, David Sánchez, Gabriel Hernández, Osmany Paredes, Brian Lynch and the salsa singers Roberto Blades, Rafu Warner, Víctor Manuelle, Pepito Gómez, Paquito Guzmán and Miguel Ángel Barcasnegras “Meñique,” just to name a few.

Percussionist and composer, born in San Luis Potosí, México. Barrón has developed his style with different ensembles that cover a wide range of musical genres and styles, such as classical music, rock, pop, flamenco, Mexican music, salsa and Latin jazz, among others. He has performed with many international artists: José Feliciano, Luisito Quintero, Charlie Sepúlveda, Ralph Irizarry, Julio Alvarado, Oscar Stagnaro, Roby Lakatos, Héctor Martignon, John Benitez, Axel Tosca Laugart, Xiomara Laugart, David Sánchez, Gabriel Hernández, Osmany Paredes, Brian Lynch and the salsa singers Roberto Blades, Rafu Warner, Víctor Manuelle, Pepito Gómez, Paquito Guzmán and Miguel Ángel Barcasnegras “Meñique,” just to name a few.