Alejandro Colina

director

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biography

Born in Mexico City where he began his music education, taking piano lessons.

He studied a degree in Electrical Engineering at the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), where he began to make his way in the field of recording. He has the opportunity to collaborate with several artists: Alfredo Zitarrosa, Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés, The Arte Ensemble of Chicago, Claudio Arrau, Tania Libertad, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Irakere and Astor Piazzola, among others.

In 1983 he moves to New York where he enrolls at the New York University in a Music Business and Technology program. He works with in The Hit Factory Recording Studios, The Public Theatre, The Shakespeare Festival, the Festival Latino in Nueva York; Shakespeare in the Park, the legendary Variety Recording Studios where he does some recordings with Celia Cruz, Carlos Alomar, Rubén Blades y Los Seis del Solar, Manny Oquendo, Paquito D´Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Óscar D'León, Willie Colón, Carlos "Patato" Valdez, Dave Valentin, Giovanni Hidalgo, Johnny Pacheco, Mecano, Geoffrey Chung, Maxie Priest, The Julliard School of Music, Nana Vasconcelos, Fode Kouyate, Tabou Combo, Juan Luis Guerra, Randy Weston, and Miami Sound Machine. He is the recording engineer of the first two records of the series Africando (Stern´s Music), produced by Ibrahima Sylla and Boncana Maïga.

In Mexico, he has produced several records and concerts –Afrofandango I, with Vieux Diop and Chuchumbé; CoraSon de Veracruz for the Expo Hannover 2000 in Germany; “El Puente”, a musical and dance project sponsored by the Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and Meet the Composer.

He has also recorded and mixed many records of traditional music and popular music from Belize, for the record label Stonetree Records in Belize and acted as tour manager and sound engineer for the late Andy Palacio.

participating in

  • WOMEX 2008
  • WOMEX 2007
  • WOMEX 2006
  • WOMEX 2005