Jazz Concert: Rodolfo Zuniga + Surfaces
Rodolfo Zuniga Is a native of San Jose, Costa Rica . Since his arrival in Miami, he has become one of the most in demand jazz drummers and educators in South Florida. He performs regularly with Jazz greats like Gary Campbell, Silvano Monasterios, Errol Rackipov, Stephen Scott, Troy Roberts, Martin Bejerano , Aaron Lebos , Jason Hainsworth and Othello Molineaux. In addition, he has been a sideman with noted individuals like Randy Brecker, Lew Tabackin, Joe Locke, Andy Laverne, Don Friedman, Robin Eubanks, Jonathan Kreisberg, Benny Golson, Fred Wesley, and Slide Hampton.
Rodolfo has also left his mark as a band leader and composer, his group ” Surfaces” has recorded two albums, and maintains a busy schedule performing locally, and in Central and South America. In 2005 the group was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Hall Residency under the direction of Dave Douglas in New York City. In that same year Rodolfo was chosen to be part of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Group, for whom he composed, toured the U.S and performed at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Currently Rodolfo is simultaneously performing and writing for an extended version of “Surfaces” which is comprised of a jazz quartet, a string trio, an electric guitar and a vocalist. This original format features some of Miami’s most sought-after instrumentalists like FIU’s own faculty members Jason Calloway on Cello and Tom Lippincott on Guitar, FIU alumni Caroline Buse on Viola and longtime collaborators, Derek Fairholm on Piano, Eric England on Bass, Siobhan Cronin on Violin and Sherrine Mostin on Vocals.
Furthermore, Rodolfo continues to travel the world with various highly creative contemporary Jazz projects and world renowned Latin pop star Julio Iglesias. He teaches at Florida International University, Miami Dade College, and Broward College.