José André Montaño
Musician and composer Jose André Montaño says: “Life is a gift”. He was born in Cochabamba-Bolivia in 2005. He discovered his piano skills in a self-taught way at the age of three and a half years, since then he has been fascinated with music.
At the age of 6 he formed his first Latin Jazz band, lead by José André (piano and keyboards), along with invited musician friends. With this band he has played at large and small venues in Bolivia, including festivals of different type of genres such as: jazz, rock, blues, and Latin American folklore. He has shared stage with renowned national and international musicians from Bolivia, Brasil, Peru, Mexico and USA.
At the age of 8 José Andre, with his band called "José André Jazz Trio", develops a peculiar musical style that is among the swing, latin jazz, bossa nova, samba, and bebop, which could be framed within the classical or traditional jazz trend. His influences are wide, among which we can name: Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, Michel Camilo and Herbie Hancock.
Jose Andre recorded his first CD in January 2013, called "AMA A TODOS"; name that was chosen by himself. The album features several original compositions, editions of the Bolivian folklore, bossa nova and jazz.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary (March - 2015), in his first visit to Washington D.C., capital of the United States of America. He made his first appearance at the Kennedy Center under the Iberian Suite Global Arts Remix, where he was accompanied by two musicians with extensive experience in the bass and drums. In the same city he made his presentation on stage at the “Preston” Auditorium in the World Bank, activity framed within the Road to Lima 2015.
On September 23rd, 2015, José André receives an invitation from The Kennedy Center of Performing and Arts and the Archdiocese of Washington D.C., to stand together with other artists in the concert held in honor of Pope Francis at the “Concert Hall” of The Kennedy Center.
He performed on January 14th, 2016 in New York City at the ISPA (International Society of Performing Arts) Congress.
José André was invited to perform as a trio in the International Jazz Day on April 30th, 2016 at the main stage at Dupont Circle in Washington DC., with the special appearance of Marcus Miller.
The John F. Kennedy Center of the Performig Arts, invited Jose Andre to the Jhon F Kennedy Centennial Celebration on May 29th 2016, where he performed with Jason Moran. Celebrating the past to awaken the future, one of the guest speakers was Mr. Buzz Aldrin (astronaut).
José André performed at the Auditorium Conciliazione Theatre in Rome, invited by RAI1 and UNICEF, on September, 2016.