Javier Saume Mazzei
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Javier began playing percussion at the age of eight. He holds a B.A in Music from College of Performing Art, Roosevelt University. Javier has performed with Rhonda Richmond, Reginald Veal, Harlin Riley, Cassandra Wilson, Badi Assad, and the Symphony Orchestra “Sistema de Orquestas Juveniles de Venezuela”. He has performed internationally in concerts, master classes, and residencies in Beijing, China, The Kennedy Center Washington DC, and Carnegie Hall in New York with Sones de Mexico Ensemble. He has recorded with Sones de Mexico, the only group in NARAS history to be nominated for the Latin Grammy and Grammy (2008.) Javier plays as a guest musician in the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre at North Eastern University Associate Institution and teaches percussion at People’s Music School.