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Alma Latina by Julio Montoro

Julio Montoro's debut album

Sep 15, 2014

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Julio Antonio Montoro Curbelo graduated from the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in 1991 specialising in guitar. Graduated turn National Laboratory electro -acoustic music. During his studies he participated in various jazz festivals playing with groups formed in the Conservatory. In 1993 he joined the group of singer Mireya Escalante and his Latin Street as a keyboardist, guitarist and musical director . In 1996 he played as part of the group of Kemell y la barriada as a pianist, participating in several albums and different international tours in Mexico , Holland, France, England, Japan, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Bahamas and Sweden. He took part in Expo in Hanover, Germany in 2000. On the 40th anniversary of Ronnie Scott 's Jazz Club in London , he toured the salsa circuit in Europe with several Cuban orchestras such as the Reve, Charanga Habanera ,Kemell y la barriada among others. He has performed in many different concert halls and clubs such as New Morning, Java, Paris , France and Malmo in Sweden.

Later he was part of the orchestra Felix Baloy and Afrocuban All stars and recorded 3 albums for Tumi Music. One of the tracks on the first Album Zorro has been used various times by the television network CBS Studio inc. in the serial The Perfect Son´Cane. He later became musical director, guitarist and arranger in the band Tomezclao touring England in 2010 and 2011 and participated in the Glastonbury festival for two years running as well as other festivals such as Africa Oye. He is currently working with Edesio Alejandro and as guitarist with singer Laritza Bacallao . He also recently participated in Brasilia, Brazil, in the Cuba Mucho Gusto festival.

During the same tour he was invited to play with the famous Brazilian pianist Joao Donato Do Club in choro.

Alma Latina is Julio's debut album. The project has taken over two years to finish, inspired from all corners of Latin America and in particular Brazil.


Julio Antonio Montoro Curbelo Graduado de nivel medio superior en la especialidad de guitarra en el conservatorio Amadeo Roldan en el año 1991. A su vez graduado del laboratorio nacional de música electro-acústica. Estando en dicho conservatorio participé en diferentes festivales de jazz plaza con agrupaciones de la escuela de música. En el año 1993 forma parte de la agrupación de la cantante Mireya Escalante y su latín Street como tecladista, guitarrista y director musical. Año 1996 forme parte de la agrupación de Juan Kemell y la barriada como pianista participando en varios discos y dando diferentes giras internacionales: México, Holanda, Francia, Inglaterra, Japón, Alemania, Dinamarca, Finlandia, Bahamas, Suecia[i]. Participo en expo feria de Hanover en el 2000 [i]Alemania, en el 40 aniversario del Club de Jazz Ronnie Scott en Londres, gira del circuito de la salsa por Europa con varias orquestas cubanas como la Revé, Charanga Habanera, La barriada entre otros. Me presente en diferentes salas de concierto y club como New Morning, Java, Paris, Francia y Malmo en Suecia. Mas tarde formo parte de la orquesta de Félix Baloy y su Afro son all star. Grabando disco y dando diferentes giras, participo en el festival afro caribeño en la ciudad de Veracruz México y participe en el disco un Poquito de fe como pianista y compositor.

Uno de los temas de este disco titulada El Zorro de mi autoría es escogida por la cadena televisiva CBS Studio inc. para el serial The Perfect Son´cane. Culminando el trabajo con Félix Baloy comienzo con la agrupación Tomezclao me desempeño como guitarrista, arreglista, compositor y director musical dando diferentes giras a Inglaterra en los años 2010 y 2011 participando en el festival Glastonbury en los dos años y en diferentes festivales como África Oye y gira por diferentes ciudades. Participe en el disco Hibrid como compositor, arreglista y productor musical junto a Edesio Alejandro. Trabajo también con la disquera Tumi Music como compositor y sincronizando música para películas. Actualmente trabajo con Edesio Alejandro y la cantante Laritza Bacallao. En el mes de noviembre de 2012 actue con dicha cantante en el festival Cuba Mucho Gusto en la ciudad de Brasilia en Brazil. Estando allí soy invitado por el afamado pianista Brasileño Joao Donato en el Club Do choro.

Alma Latina es el álbum debut de Julio. El proyecto ha tomado más de dos años para terminar, inspirado en todos los rincones de América Latina en particular Brasil.

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