Rolando's music is an eclectic fusion of smooth jazz, blues, latin, world beat, rock, and experimental music among other rhythms. The result is a very unique, easy going, yet spirited style of music that is also very soulful and warm hearted.
As Rolando explains: "I listen to all kinds of music, jazz, rock, world beat, new age, posi-music, kirtans, bossa nova, prog,.. you name it. But when I put on classical or experimental, that’s when my wife gives me the eye –ha, ha, ha! My influences range from Miles Davis, Oystein Sevag, and Ottmar Liebert, to Jason Mraz, Van Morrison, and Sting, just to name a few, but without a doubt my favorite musicians are Pat Metheny and Al Di Meola. Of course I don't play at that level –nobody does really, if you know what I mean!– but they are a tremendous source of inspiration for me. I think that it doesn't matter what level you're at. We are all capable of making beautiful and meaningful art. You don't have to compare yourself to others. You can do your own thing, and that's what I do with my music. So these “influences”, don't really define me or my music."
Rolando's music is certainly his own. With a strong emphasis on rich and smooth melodies, his compositions open up new and inviting vistas that occasionally surprise you with unexpected but welcomed turns.
In addition to music, Rolando performs experimental pieces that combine drama, literature, and soundscapes. Moreover, he is a freelance writer, and a producer of many cultural and community events. He was also the creator and director of an alternative cultural space in New York City.
Placing great importance on social and personal awareness, Rolando’s music, writings, and performances address social issues, existential questions, and inner experiences with a critical and uplifting voice. At the heart of his artistic endeavors, is a sincere desire to connect with his audience and share a life-affirming message of love, unity, and hope.
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