Tupac Mantilla


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Tupac Mantilla

SJW is thrilled to welcome back internationally-acclaimed Grammy nominee Tupac Mantilla, one of the most versatile and creative percussionists of his generation. His work as a performer, educator, producer, and clinician has been highly recognized worldwide and includes appearances at major festivals, institutions, and venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Harvard University, Stanford University, The New England Conservatory, and the Montreal, North Sea, Perugia, Montreux, Gent, Nice, and Newport Jazz Festivals among many others, as well as several percussion-oriented workshops and conferences for prestigious multi-national companies around the world. He is the director of the Children’s Program for the Panama Jazz Festival and is the founder and artistic director for Colombia’s top experimental Percussion Group Tekeyé and the Global Percussion Network Percuaction.

An accomplished percussionist with a Masters of Music honors degree from the New England Conservatory and the First Prize recipient of the 2002 Bogota Philarmonic Orchestra's Classical Soloist Competition, Tupac has collaborated and performed with artists such as Ustad Zakir Hussain, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Tisziji Muñoz, Bob Moses, Steve Smith, John Medeski, Michael Cain, Cecil McBee, Jamey Haddad, Deepak Ram, Ulita Knaus, Julian Lage, and the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, among many others.