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Javo Barrera
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Independent
  • Country: Mexico

Javo Barrera is a household name in the Latin American music scene. He is highly regarded as one of Mexico's top session musicians. Javo studied Symphonic Percussion at the Escuela Ollin Yollistli under the tutelage of Maestro Armando Zerquera (1989-1997), joining the Mexican Philarmonic as a guest musician on a variety of occasions.

His inquisitiveness led Javo to study harmony and composition with Maestro Ignacio Gutierrez Campoy, while taking drum lessons with Rudy Sanchez (1989-1992) with whom he recorded his first record alongside his family.

Javo then met his sensei, Fernando Caballero (Cabezon), with whom he took drum lessons (1992-1996). During this time Javo also attended Jazz Workshops directed by Ignacio Gutierrez Campoy, alongside his brothers (Los Hermanos Barrera). After years of experimenting with a number of styles including Classical, Prog-Rock and Jazz, Javo's career took off in the Pop scene.

Javo has been fortunate enough to play drums and MD with Mexico and Spain's biggest Pop artists such as La Quinta Estacion, Emmanuel and Alejandra Guzman. Javo has also performed at international Drum Festivals for the past ten years and has shared a stage with the drumming elite of the world. He comes form a musical family and is one fourth of B4, a critically acclaimed Mexican Jazz quartet, which continues to amaze audiences.

Past Work:

MD La Quinta Estacion (2004-2009)

MD Edith Marquez ( 2009)

MD Ernesto D'lessio (2009)

Co.MD Emmanuel (2006)

MD Alejandra Guzman (1996-2003)

MD Ragazzi (2002)

As a drummer Javo has been fortunate enough to play with:

LA QUINTA ESTACION

ALEJANDRA GUZMAN

EMMANUEL

BELINDA

ERNESTO D'LESSIO

JAROCHO

B4-JAZZ (Alongside his brothers performing around Mexico, Latin America and Europe.)

Duet with Marco Minnemann for www.drumchannel.com

TAM TAM FEST Sevilla (2008) (Peter Erskine-Thomas Lang-Jimmy D'Grasso)

DRUM FEST-2001 (Bobby Jarzombek-Derico Watson-Jonny Rabb)

A Variety of Household Mexican Jazz artists.

Drum Clinics in Spain, Mexico, Honduras, Brazil, America and China.

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