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BIO



The San Francisco band Boca do Rio takes its name from the Portuguese “mouth of the river” – the place where myriad streams and sources converge into one powerful, flowing, physical energy.

Kevin Welch, Boca’s leader, composer, guitarist, and vocalist, embodies this concept by virtue of his personal and musical history, having lived in the Amazon and become fluent in Portuguese as well as immersed in – and transformed by – samba. In the mid-1990s he started the group Vivendo de Pão, which became a mainstay on San Francisco’s club and festival scene and opened for touring acts like Macy Gray and Los Van Van.

For Boca do Rio, Welch has assembled a superb team of Brazilian and American musicians to give voice to his vibrant compositions, which he terms música organica – music that is explicitly influenced by his connection to Brazil but filtered through the sensibilities of his California base, which he shares with his versatile accompanists and musical partners in the band and on the new CD.



CONTRIBUTING MUSICIANS



Jacob Aginsky on piano:
By the time Jacob was eleven, he showed enough talent to be admitted into the San Francisco Conservatory. Since then he has studied with notables Randy Craig, Mark Levine, Herbie Hancock and Eddie Marshall, as well as going through the University of California at Santa Cruz and San Francisco State's Music Performance program. He tours extensively and has released several albums under his own name.




Alex Calatayud on percussion:
Alex plays all the Brazilian percussion of his native land. Descending from a long line of musicians, Alex continues the tradition in the Bay Area and regularly performs with many of the regions top Brazilian bands.




Scott Johnson on percussion:
Scott is a Bay Area native who studied percussion at UOP Conservatory, with Bira Reis of Olodum, and with the late great Carlos Aceituno. He’s played with an eclectic array of musicians from Fogo Na Roupa, Nobody from Ipanema, Entre Nos, Plantlife, and Carlos Santana to name a few. He also has a soft spot for 80’s light rock and R&B, which until recently he has been afraid to acknowledge publicly.




Larry De La Cruz on saxophone:
Since graduating from the Berklee College of Music, Larry has been performing professionally in the Bay Area for the past 15 yeas. He has performed with such notables as Bobby Hutcherson, Kenny Werner, The San Diego Symphony, The Classical Philharmonic, and many others.




Jon Evans on bass:
Jon has performed for the past decade with some of the finest national and international musicians. He recently toured with a trio with Tori Amos and Matt Chamberlain.




Dan Foltz on drums:
Dan is a world-class musician who solidified his extensive experience after Berkelee College of Music with national and international tours in both the rock and jazz circuit.




Tika Morgan on backup vocals:
Tika Morgan is a singer, dancer and recording artist whose vocal abilities span a broad range of styles. She has studied music and dance at SF State, and both the Escola De Danca, and Vox Mundi Schools in Bahia Brazil. in recent years she has performed and recorded with Super Bacana, Aguas Da Bahia, and Jazz Philosophy, among others.





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