Rebeca Mauleón

Rebeca’s Contributions


July/August 2006    Spheres

Samba do Aviao
Hamilton de Holanda

Mandolin virtuoso and composer Hamilton de Holanda proves the limitless capabilities of the Brazilian bandolim as a solo instrument on his newest release Samba do Avião, and is joined on the last three tracks by accordionist-composer Richard Galliano for...


July/August 2006    Spheres

Via Brasil
Tania Maria

Pianist and vocalist Tania Maria first got my attention in the ’80s with her live album recorded in San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall; this Brazilian dynamo effortlessly blended powerhouse piano chops with melodically rich scatting and whistling...


July/August 2006    News

Andy García’s The Lost City: Lost Havana

It is clear from the opening scene in Andy García’s film The Lost City that Cuban music is the protagonist. García’s passion for Cuban music and his devotion as a producer and advocate are also clear. The Cuban-born actor-director began as a collector of...

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About Rebeca Mauleón


Rebeca Mauleon is an internationally acclaimed musician, bandleader, composer, producer and educator as well as author and reviewer. As a pianist Mauleon follows a long-standing tradition of Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz performers, and her expertise in Afro-Caribbean and Latin American music places her at the forefront of the musicological community, resulting in a multidimensional career spanning over three decades. From her recording and performing work with an array of Grammy-winning legends including Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, Steve Winwood, Joe Henderson and Mickey Hart, to her diverse compositional projects (ranging from symphonic works and Afro-Cuban jazz to music for film, television and computer software companies), and her critically-acclaimed recordings, books and articles, Mauleon has carved a distinct niche as one of the most multi-faceted artists on the world music scene. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Salsa Guidebook and 101 Montunos, and is also musicological consultant and author to National Geographic, Time Life and other important institutions. Mauleon is also a freelance writer for mainstream music magazines including Keyboard, Bass Player, Mix Magazine and others. Rebeca’s compositional awards include Meet The Composer’s prestigious New Residencies Award, the Sundance Composers’ Fellowship, and a commission by the Oakland East Bay Symphony. In 2008 she was honored by the San Francisco Jazz Festival with its Beacon Award for artistic excellence and dedication to the community. Mauleon is a tenured professor of Latin American music, composition and Latin Jazz piano, and is internationally sought-after as a lecturer and clinician on the subject of Latin American and Afro-Caribbean music history and performance.