SUMMIT, NJ - Emedin Rivera’s 'Tropical Turbulence Quintet' will perform a special Latin Jazz & World Music fusion CD release concert in Summit September 22, beginning at 8:p.m.. A five-time Emmy Award winning percussionist, Rivera has a unique and creative ability to incorporate and blend his Latin, Caribbean and African influences into a vast array of musical styles.
Rivera has developed his own system of playing drums and congas simultaneously, mimicking the sound of three people performing. He is well known for his sound effects, many of which are hand made by him. The sound effects can be heard on some of the National Geographic television shows.
Rivera was born in New York City and raised in Puerto Rico. He started playing the bongos at the age of 8, and his exposure and passion for music came from his father and uncle who both played in a trio in Puerto Rico.
He has performed live with Harry Belafante, Gregory Hines, Paquito De Rivera, Vicky Sue Robinson, Angela Bofill, Gloria Gaynor, Ben E King, Dave Samuels, Dave Valentine, Andy Narell, Latoya Jackson, David Broza, Emeline Michel and Bernie Williams just to name a few. Rivera has recorded live with Larry Coryell, Bob James, Chuck Mangione, Nelson Rangell, Harry Belafonte, Maria Schneider, Rick Cua, Denise Williams, Albert Castiglia (Keeping on), Emeline Michel (Reine de Coeur), Blues Council (Let the Healing Begin), Paula Atherton (Inter Play), Lou Watson (Taking a Chance on Love), Thos Shipley (My Favorite Things), Clyde Criner (The Color of Dark) and many others.
Rivera has also played on a few movie soundtracks, such as 'Sixteen Blocks', 'Tough Turf', 'End of Night' and his commercial credits are Anheuser-Busch, Mercedes Benz, Visa, Seven Up, Crest Toothpaste and more.
He will be joined on stage by 'Tropical Turbulence' artists include; Bele Beledo on guitar, Ken Kresge on piano, Premik Russell Tubbs on flute & sax, and Michael Viñas on bass.
The performance will take place at MONDO, located at 426 Springfield Avenue. Concert tickets -- priced at $20 in advance / $25 at the door.--- are available by visiting BrownPaperTickets.com. Reservations are also available by calling the Teatro Si box office at 908-301-9496 or by purchasing tickets in person at the venue.