Chilean Bay Area Musicians & Friends   


featuring, on tour direct from CHILE:

composer, song writer, pianist, vocalist  



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Paula Tejeda  


I hope you will come and join me, together with a group of leading Bay Area Chilean musicians, in welcoming CATALINA CLARO to the Revolution Caf� in San Francisco's Mission District on Friday, February 24, during Happy Hour, from 4pm to 7pm.   


Revolution Cafe, commonly known by the locals as The Rev, is one of San Francisco's leading music scene venues, occasionally featured in the New York Times.


Following is a brief bio of each artist and links to their social media websites.



Paula Tejeda
Owner & Founder
The Chile Lindo Project



Catalina Claro

Interpreter, composer and singer: this sequence defines the linear progression of Catalina Claro's trajectory. These are without doubt the three skills that she has developed over an equal number of career phases. Catalina has converged on pop mix, but her early stages encompass several directions.


One of the keys to the musical history of Catalina Claro has been her inclination towards a solitary and unencumbered journey. At eighteen years of age, she was already giving piano and vocal concerts in a succession of foreign settings. She has performed in far-flung places like Singapore, Israel and Syria, but it was not until 1998, when she embarked on one of her more protracted spells in Barcelona, that she attained her identity as an immigrant composer.


That year, she composed the music for the production of "Faust" by the Catalan La Fura dels Baus underground theatre company. Shortly afterwards, she joined up with a pair of well-known Spanish singer-songwriters, Victor Manuel and Ana Belen, writing them a special arrangement for the Violetta Parra classic "Gracias a la Vida,"  in 2000.


 Catalina Claro sustained her itinerant nature with journeys and sojourns in India, a two-year stint on the staff of the Canadian company Cirque du Soleil, and a permanent position as pianist and singer on the European tours of the congenial Tonino Carotone.


Catalina Claro's first encounter with music occurred when, as a child growing up in her native country, Chile, under the tutelage of the renowned classical piano teacher Flora Guerra (1920-1993), she was introduced to the repertoire of polonaises, sonatas, dances, variations and nocturnes for piano by Chopin.    


Her first solo concert was given at the National Library of Santiago de Chile when she was fifteen years old. Since then, Catalina has performed as a soloist in chamber music ensembles and larger string orchestras, including the Chilean Symphony Orchestra. 


Catalina was awarded first prize as the best interpreter in the Chopin Competition sponsored by Claudio Arrau. During the course of her musical career she would win several awards for her performances on the piano, and subsequently for her compositions of incidental and popular music, in several countries. 


"The music I write is truly feminine. It reaches softly into the profound. I believe that, as a musician, I am merely a vehicle. The musical ideas are not mine. They exist, and I just channel them," says Catalina Claro. She has assembled a wide series of influences from her long journeys, quick passages and middling sojourns across four continents.

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Axel Herrera

I've known Axel Herrera for over a decade, but it wasn't long after I met him that I knew he had the makings of a Maestro. Born in the enchanting port of Valpara�so, in 1974, Axel Herrera discovered his vocation for music early on. By age twelve he was studying guitar and music theory at the Escuela Art�stica de Valpara�so, a community based school.

Growing up in the shadows of Chile's military regime, his sensitivity found, during these turbulent times, a form of expression in music, specifically classical music. Axel Herrera moved to California at seventeen and of course he met up with many compatriots that shared his social views and musical comprehension; in particular the former generation of local Chilean artists, many of which were the founding members of La Pe�a Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA.

Axel Herrera developed a deep interest in classical music
early on, studying the guitar works of composers such as Fernando Sor proved inspiring and as well as a source of knowledge on classical composition. While working towards a music degree at San Francisco State University, his curriculum consisted primarily of orchestration, classical music theory, and composition. He also incorporated jazz and world music to his studies. He received classes from such figures as John Calloway and Ronald Caltabiano. The former is a collaborator of John Santos and the later was a pupil of Aaron Copland. 2001 Axel Herrera got his music degree from San Francisco State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude

Axel Herrera plays guitar, drums, but foremost, he is a profound composer of classical music. Thus, it's not surprising that his work began to interest local filmmakers.

His original film scores include: "Soledad is Gone Forever," directed by Mabel Valdiviezo (2006); "Sobreviviendo en el imperio," directed by Ariel L�pez (2006); "The Blast,"directed by Dennis Maxwell (2006); "Epifan�a," directed by Gabriel Restrepo (2006); a documentary on the life of Manlio Argueta, renown Salvadorean poet and writer, titled: "Manlio Argueta, poetas y volcanes," by filmmaker Carolina Rivera, and director Nando Grancelli, (2010); and finally the award wining feature documentary "Patagonia Rising," directed by Brian Lilla (2011).


Mochi Parra
Mochi Parra

Vocalist and songwriter Mochi Parra is a Chilean-born instrumentalist who was originally trained from the age of five as a concert Cellist. In 1985 she was awarded the "Luis Cruz Martinez" Chilean National Medal of music. Once Mochi Parra learned to play and sing Chilean folk music, her repertoire soon grew to embrace the indigenous and traditional music from Central and South America.

Mochi Parra has dedicated the last 28 years of her musical career to the folklore of Latin America with special emphasis on music with Afro-Peruvian roots, as well as music from the Venezuelan highlands, and Argentina. Over the years Mochi has taught music and dance workshops introducing children and adults to the wealth and diversity of South American music. She collaborated with Human Rights organizations on numerous cultural and art projects.  

For the past 10 years Mochi Parra has worked alongside the celebrated guitarist and recognized master of Peruvian criollo and Afro-Peruvian music Carlos Hayre, recreating and introducing music pieces into their repertoire such as Manuel Antonio and Mama Nangue. She also has performed with Latin American singers such as Carlos Mejias Godoy, from Nicaragua, the renown Peruvian choreographer from "Per� Negro" Lalo Izquierdo, Renato Freigran from Chile, Andr�s Laprida from Argentina, and Rafael Manr�quez from Chile.  

Of late, Mochi Parra is founding member of the "AFRO-PERUVIAN MUSIC AND DANCE, MOCHI PARRA & ENSEMBLE, a music and dance company based on the Afro-Peruvian fusion of Spanish instruments, indigenous sonorities and African rhythms, song structures, and interpretations. Much of the music is inspired by dance styles associated with the Afro-Peruvian Culture of Peru's coastal region, including the Festejo, Zapateo and the Vals( waltz), as well as La Marinera Lime�a. The song arrangements now performed by the group update the dance genres with innovative arrangements by Mochi Parra in association with guitarist Daniel Zamalloa. The ensemble consists of four musicians: guitar, voice, percussion, and violin, that are joined by two dancers.

Mochi has performed in different venues around the United States, such as The Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, The Museum of Natural History, and The Blue Note in New York City, and The Brava Theater, La Pe�a Cultural Center de Berkeley, and La Pe�a del Sur in San Francisco. 

Rodrigo Santic
Rodrigo Santic

Rodrigo Santic originated his formal music studies at age 15, taking up classical guitar and later focusing on music composition, in his native Santiago, Chile.


He soon realized that his passion was the saxophone and went on to spend the next decade at the University of Chile's Music Conservatory studying classical saxophone, devoting his studies to chamber music.


His musical success soon started to take shape. In 1997 he joined the "Cuarteto de Saxofones Villafruela," a sax quartet of classic and contemporary music that performed live, on radio, and television, making appearances in Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia. The group released a two-disc album called "Saxofones en Latinoam�rica," a repertoire of Latin American music and "Saxof�n en concierto, compositores chilenos 1988-1998," which consists of contemporary works by Chilean composers.


Rodrigo performed with various orchestras, including Juvenil de Santiago, the Symphony of Chile, and the Santiago Philharmonic. His musical accomplishments were further recognized when he received scholarships from the Andes Foundation (1999) and the Friends of the Santiago Municipal Theater Corporation (2002).   


Rodrigo Santic earned a Bachelor of Arts with focus on music performance for saxophone in 2001, followed by a second degree in saxophone performance, in 2003, graduating with honors. Yet jazz beckoned him, even while on a parallel route with his classical studies. He participated in jazz festivals as a member of Los Andes Big Band and other jazz ensembles. In 2003, he was the guest saxophonist for Grupo Lucybell at the XLIV Festival Internacional de la Canci�n de Vi�a del Mar.


Upon completing his studies at the conservatory, Rodrigo Santic left his home country and set out to travel the world, accompanied by his saxophone and determination to grow as a musician. The next couple of years took him to Bologna, Italy and Barcelona, Spain, where he studied jazz. After returning to Chile, he was sponsored by the Chilean government's Ministry of Foreign Relations for a series of musical workshops and shows in the San Francisco Bay Area with the "Cuarteto Latinoamericano de Saxofones."  

Since 2007, Rodrigo has performed with various jazz, salsa, and mereng�e bands throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. It was in San Francisco where the concept for his first released CD recording, "Cyclos," was conceived and recently launched on January 28, 2012.


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