CARLOS MENA

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Carlos Mena comes from a family of musicians and is honored to continue the family tradition to this day. At age 7, he began playing professionally as a percussionist with acclaimed folk musicians from Ecuador. Soon thereafter, he discovered his passion for the bass. As a teen, he received a scholarship to study in Switzerland at the Zurich University of the Arts, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Pedagogy. He continued his studies in New York City, where he received his Master of Arts in Music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Carlos is a multi-instrumentalist who plays electric bass, acoustic bass, guitar, piano, and percussion. He is an accomplished soloist, arranger, and composer and has become a highly sought-after performer, playing alongside renowned musicians in NYC and abroad, due to his feel and understanding of diverse music styles, Carlos flows between jazz, latin, pop, gnawa, funk, experimental, and classical music.

He has shared the stage and recordings with the Youth Symphonic Orchestra of Zurich, Jojo Mayer, Arturo Sandoval, the musical "Saturday Night Fever" in Germany and Switzerland, Michael Mossman, Pedrito Martinez, Leo Genovese, Gene Jackson, John Ellis, Don Omar, Carlos Vives, and Mayito Rivera to name a few.

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