Distinguished Lecture Series: Iliana Rose on the Evolution of Cuban Music
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Iliana Rose is a fantastic musician. Born in Miami and raised by Cuban parents and grandparents she is steeped in Cuban rhythms and culture. Being a genuine prodigy she started playing music at the age of four. After years of classical and jazz training, she graduated from the prestigious University of Miami as well as the National Piano Guild with performance degrees.
She moved to Los Angeles and formed her band, “The Iliana Rose Cuban Jazz Band” and worked with some of the finest musicians in the industry including Calixto Oviedo, Alain Perez, Pedro Calvo, Herman Olivera, Jimmy Branly, Richie Gajate Garcia, Munyungo Jackson, Walfredo Reyes Jr, Rene Camacho, Oskar Cartaya, Justo Almario, Alberto Salas and many more.
Iliana was the musical director for several projects spanning multiple genres including The Arsenio Rodriguez Project- a 12-piece band playing traditional Cuban music; Las Chikas- LA’s hottest all-female salsa orchestra; Opera singers Maximo Marcuso and Veronica Bell and Cuban theatrical singers Candi Sosa and Cristina Rebull. For four years Iliana was the pianist and musical director on the national T.V. show Noches Con Platanito.
Iliana is an international touring and recording artist. She composes music for films and arranges songs for bands of all sizes and genres prompting her to create her publishing company “In Step Original Music.”
She also travels the country as a guest clinician and student leadership specialist.
Now residing on the East Coast, Iliana is rocking new audiences!