Jazz in Chile: Félix Lecaros

(Warning: this video is * louder * than normal.)

If you have watched the previous videos in this series, you'll have noticed the ubiquity of drummer Félix Lecaros. So far he's appeared with Quintessence, Contracuarteto, Nicolás Vera, Christian Gálvez, Cristián Cuturrufo, Jorge Díaz...

Lecaros is a member of a family with a long-standing presence in Chilean music. His father, Roberto, better known as Maestro Lecaros, is a renowned musician and indefatigable educator (a pioneer of jazz education in Chile at the helm of his Taller de Música Popular, Popular Music Workshop), while several other relatives play professionally. Félix's older brother, bass player and composer Roberto Carlos, is the other half of Contracuarteto's heartbeat.

Thanks to his astonishing proficiency and versatility (he was born in 1980, so he's not 30 quite yet), he's travelled quite a bit (South Korea, Mexico, Argentina, Great Britain, Sweden, Poland, Uruguay, Peru, Bolivia and Spain), and has jammed and played with quite a few stars, such as Wynton Marsalis, Danilo Pérez, Bruce Barth, Mike Stern, Yellowjackets, Seamus Blake, Perico Sambeat, Bill Stewart and Kevin Hays, among many others. In 2007 he was invited to a drums clinic during Zildjan Day, along with Cindy Blackman and Oscar Giunta.

This video comes from a gig last year in Poland as part of Camila Meza's trio, with Pablo Menares on bass. Singer/guitarist Meza is another Chilean export, currently based in New York.

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