Jimmy Biala /  San Jose, California Musician

Jimmy Biala

San Jose, California Musician
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Batuque by Bloco Do Sol San Jose

Our community ensemble Bloco Do Sol San Jose plays the Brazilian rhythm called Batuque. 11/05/2016 This arrangement of the Batuque rhythm taught to me by Mestre Curtis Pierre of Casa Samba New Orleans.

Bloco Do Sol 2016 San Jose Jazz SummerFest Main Stage

Bloco Do Sol San Jose performing at the Main Stage of the 2016 San Jose Jazz SummerFest, opening up for headlining artist Sérgio Mendes!! August 14, 2016.

Bloco Do Sol San Jose at SummerFest 2016

A short excerpt from our performance at the Main Stage of the 2016 San Jose Jazz SummerFest to open up for headlining artist Sérgio Mendes! 08/14/2016

Jimmy Biala with the James Robinson ensemble at the Cascal Restaurant 2014. Solo clip #2

An overhead view of my hybrid percussion set up. 20" Slingerland kick drum, replaced in 2014 with a 1970's Fibes Crystallite Clear kick drum 14"x22". LP foot bell/gajate bracket. LP 1970's original model congas. LP galaxy bongo Timbales- 1 LP Tito Puente and 1 meinl fiberglas since replaced with a pair of 1968 Rogers chrome over brass set. 14" brass world max brand snare, replaced in 2015 with a 14" hand hammered brass Gretsch. 18" Sabian Omni cymbal. 13" Wuhan china hi hat top with Zildjian new beat bottom hat-since replaced with 14" 1970's Paiste Sound Creation Dark Medium hi-hats. 10" and 14" Koide brand hand crash cymbals ( from Japan).

Perdenal

Performance in San Francisco at the Red Poppy Art House with the John-Carlos Perea Trio. John-Carlos Perea-electric bass Karl Evangelista-electric guitar Jimmy Biala- drums and percussion

Lewis Jordan's Music At Large (6-14) "The Ballad Of The Landlord" 11-24-13

Performance with Lewis Jordan and the group Music AT Large. The Ballad Of The Landlord (poem by Langston Hughes, music by Jordan) Lewis Jordan - alto saxophone, poetry Karl Evangelista - electric guitar John-Carlos Perea - electric bass, voice, cedar flute Jimmy Biala - drums November 24, 2013 Bird & Beckett bookstore San Francisco, CA

Latino Focus: Episode 6

San Jose, CA Cable TV station CreaTV show called Latino Focus. Features Bloco Del Sol Brazilian percussion and interviews with Jimmy Biala and dancer Yuko Tamura. Bloco Del Sol performance is at the very beginning of this half hour show. Interviews begin at 21:45 timeline. Show was taped October 2014 and aired February 2015.

Improvisasians! 2015 The People's Stories at SFSU 4.20.2015 Clip #1

Asian Improv aRts, in association with the Sound and Social Justice Commons, and SF State University Creative Music Studies present: Improvisasians! 2015: The People's Stories An exploration of text, music, and movement in the pursuit of narrative. MONDAY APRIL 20TH 1:10 PM: Arlene Biala & John-Carlos Perea: Her Beckoning Hands/Creation Story - Poetry, Music, and Dance in Collaboration at Knuth Hall. Featuring Eddie Madril. Also musicians Francis Wong and Jimmy Biala. © 2015. Lenore Chinn

Christophe Lier Trio Les Feuilles Mortes

Christophe Lier Trio Live in Marciac Jazz Festival, Marciac France 2010, with Maxime Delporte on Bass and Jimmy Biala on Drums

Michelle Pollace Latin Jazz quartet plays "Manteca" - Live

Latin Jazz pianist Michelle Pollace and her quartet perform "Manteca" at San Pedro Square Market in San Jose, California, as part of the "San Jose Jazz Music at the Market" series. 2013

Moliendo Cafe

James Robinson Group performing the song Moliendo Cafe. Video recorded in Santa Cruz, California. James Robinson-guitars Daniel Yarritu-guitar James Robinson II-electric bass Celso Alberti- Drum set Jimmy Biala-Latin Percussion

  • Cafe Pink House 1
  • Cafe Pink House 2
  • Sound and Social Justice Collective
  • Red Poppy Art House
  • Creation Story ensemble at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Albums

  • Promotional set #1
  • SambAsia Beijing and Templo Do Samba
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About

Bio

I am a professional music educator and performer. I teach mostly Brazilian and Cuban percussion music programs to youth and adult students in
the city of San Jose, California. I perform regularly playing Latin percussion and drum set with the James Robinson Ensemble and with the Bay area based Sound and Social Justice Collective which includes the ensembles - Music At Large featuring Lewis Jordan and Creation Story directed by John-Carlos Perea. I have a strong passion for the style of Brazilian music known as escola de samba and have performed in China, Taiwan, Germany, France, Canada and the United States.
In 1997 I received an award from DownBeat Magazine for excellence in jazz recording and performance. I was the recipient of a 2002 Artist in Communities Grant from the California Arts Council and a Meet the Composer commission grant in 2004.
From 2005-2007 I lived and traveled throughout the country of Taiwan as part of a special residency commission to teach Brazilian percussion to Taiwanese Aboriginal youth and adult students in the Tribal areas of the Paiwan, Amis, Atayal, Bunun, Saisayat, Tao and Tsou peoples.
2007-2010 I lived in Beijing where I founded SambAsia Beijing ( now called Templo do Samba), the only community ensemble of it's kind dedicated to the education and performance of Brazilian percussion music and dance in China.
In 2008 I recorded music for director Wong-Kar wai's film entitled Ashes of Time Redux which also features musician Yo-Yo Ma.
I am an endorsed artist with the educational division of the DW/LP Music Group percussion instrument company and with the Brooks Custom Drum Company.
March of 2017 I have been awarded the honor of being named an SV Creates
"On Stage" Artist Laureate of Silicon Valley.

Currently I teach and direct a Brazilian percussion music ensemble based in San Jose, CA called Bloco Do Sol.
https://www.facebook.com/BlocoDoSol/

I am also teaching Brazilian and Afro-Cuban percussion programs at the following schools in San Jose, California:
Schallenberger School
Lynhaven Elementary
Blackford Elementary
Carolyn Clark School
Silver Creek High School
School of Arts and Culture
I am also a faculty member of the California Brazil Camp and
San Jose Jazz Camp.

I currently reside in San Jose, California with my beautiful loving wife, dancer, musician and Capoeira Angoleira Yuko Tamura.
408-594-8123

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Calendar

Date Event Title Location Type More Info
Jan 09, 2016 Perform w/ James Robinson ensemble at the Cascal Restuarant Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Jan 23, 2016 Perform w/ James Robinson ensemble at the Cascal Restuarant Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Jan 30, 2016 Perform w/ James Robinson ensemble at the Cascal Restuarant Mountain View, California Performance   Details
Feb 06, 2016 Perform w/ Music At Large@Cafe Pink House in Saratoga,CA Saratoga, California Performance   Details
Feb 27, 2016 ** Private event. Tribute to Professor Bonnie Wade at USF Lone Mountain Room San Francisco, CA Other   Details
Mar 05, 2016 Cascal Restaurant with James Robinson ensemble Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Mar 13, 2016 Perform w/ Lewis Jordan and Music At Large at Bird and Beckett Books San Francisco, CA Performance   Details
Mar 14, 2016 ImprovisAsians Festival at Knuth Hall SF State University San Francisco, CA Performance   Details
Mar 19, 2016 Perform w/the Akoma Trio in San Francisco San Franicsco, Performance   Details
Apr 02, 2016 Cascal Restaurant with James Robinson ensemble Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Apr 09, 2016 Cascal Restaurant with James Robinson ensemble Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Apr 16, 2016 Cascal Restaurant with James Robinson ensemble Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
May 27, 2016 San Francisco Carnaval events San Francisco, CA Performance   Details
May 29, 2016 San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade 2016 San Francisco, CA Performance   Details
Jun 11, 2016 Cascal Restaurant with James Robinson ensemble Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Jun 20, 2016 San Jose Jazz Camp June 20th to June 24th 2016 San Jose, CA Performance   Details
Jun 24, 2016 Music At Large at the Freedom Archives San Francisco San Francisco, CA Performance   Details
Jun 25, 2016 Cascal Restaurant with James Robinson ensemble Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Jul 08, 2016 Samba show/mini-parade at the US Olympic Gymnastics Trial Finals at SAP Center , Performance   Details
Jul 09, 2016 Samba show at SAP Center in San Jose San Jose, CA Performance   Details
Jul 09, 2016 James Robinson Ensemble at Cascal Restuarant , Performance   Details
Jul 14, 2016 Private event with James Robinson Ensemble at San Jose Rotunda San Jose, CA Other   Details
Jul 16, 2016 James Robinson Ensemble at Cascal Restuarant Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Jul 17, 2016 Bloco Del Sol at Lit/Lumpia FEST 2016 San Jose, CA Performance   Details
Jul 23, 2016 Cascal Restaurant with James Robinson Ensemble Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Aug 04, 2016 Bloco Do Sol San Jose, CA Performance   Details
Aug 05, 2016 Bloco Do Sol at SJ First Fridays San Jose, CA Performance   Details
Aug 06, 2016 Cascal Restaurant with James Robinson Ensemble Mountain View, California Performance   Details
Aug 14, 2016 Bloco Do Sol opens for Sérgio Mendes! San Jose, CA Performance   Details
Aug 19, 2016 Bloco Del Sol at San Jose Tech Museum San Jose, Ca Performance   Details
Aug 21, 2016 California Brazil Camp Cazadero, CA Other   Details
Sep 04, 2016 SF Brazil Day / Lavagem at BrasArte Berkeley, CA Performance   Details
Sep 10, 2016 San Diego Brazil Day 2016 San Diego, Performance   Details
Sep 17, 2016 Cascal Restaurant with James Robinson Ensemble Mountain View, California Performance   Details
Sep 24, 2016 Cascal Restaurant with James Robinson Ensemble Mountain View, California Performance   Details
Oct 08, 2016 Cascal Restaurant with James Robinson Ensemble Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Oct 15, 2016 Grupo Samba Rio at Yerba Buena Night San Francisco San Francisco, CA Performance   Details
Oct 16, 2016 Michelle Pollace Latin Jazz Ensemble at Cafe Pink House Saratoga, Ca Performance   Details
Oct 22, 2016 Perform with Masaru Koga, Shoko Hikage and Noriyuki Okada at the Jodo Shishu Center of Berkeley, CA Berkeley, CA Performance   Details
Oct 22, 2016 Cascal Restaurant with James Robinson Ensemble Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Oct 30, 2016 Bloco Do Sol at LA Ultima Parada, Mexican Heritage Plaza San Jose, CA Performance   Details
Nov 05, 2016 Special performance at the Cascal Restaurant Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Nov 10, 2016 Performance with FATBOOK Band at Lane Tech School Chicago, IL Performance   Details
Nov 11, 2016 FATBOOK Chicago, IL Performance   Details
Nov 12, 2016 Samba Show with Bloco Maximo and Evanston Escola de Samba Chicago, IL Performance   Details
Nov 19, 2016 Cascal Restaurant with James Robinson Ensemble Mountain View, California Performance   Details
Nov 26, 2016 Cascal Restaurant with James Robinson Ensemble Mountain View, California Performance   Details
Dec 03, 2016 Cascal Restaurant with James Robinson Ensemble Mountain View, California Performance   Details
Dec 11, 2016 Samba Show at FICA Capoeira Angola Center, West Oakland, CA Oakland, California Performance   Details
Dec 17, 2016 Cascal Restaurant with James Robinson Ensemble Mountain View, California Performance   Details
Feb 11, 2017 Recording Session with Lewis Jordan Oakland, CA Other   Details
Feb 12, 2017 Recording Session with Lewis Jordan Oakland, CA Other   Details
Mar 13, 2017 John-Carlos Perea's InterTribal Ensemble , Performance   Details
Mar 15, 2017 royal Hartigan's AKOMA Ensemble, a Tribute to Danongan Kalanduyan , Performance   Details
Mar 16, 2017 royal Hartigan's AKOMA Ensemble at Art Boutiki, San Jose , Performance   Details
Mar 17, 2017 royal Hartigan's AKOMA Ensemble , Performance   Details
Mar 18, 2017 royal Hartigan's AKOMA ensemble at the Freedom Archives San Francisco San Francisco, CA Performance   Details
Apr 01, 2017 James Robinson Ensemble at the Cascal Restaurant Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Apr 15, 2017 James Robinson Ensemble at the Cascal Restaurant Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
May 05, 2017 Recording sessions and performances in Toulouse, France May 5th to May 15th , Performance   Details
May 06, 2017 Perfom with Christophe Lier Trio Pays-Basque France , Performance   Details
May 12, 2017 Christophe Lier Latin music DUO , Performance   Details
May 13, 2017 Christophe Lier Trio at Rest'Ô Jazz in Toulouse , Performance   Details
May 18, 2017 May 18th to May 22nd International Samba Congress in Los Angeles, California , Performance   Details
May 27, 2017 San Francisco Carnaval Weekend May 27th and 28th , Performance   Details
May 28, 2017 San Francisco Carnaval 2017 Grand Parade Mission District San Francisco , Performance   Details
Jun 04, 2017 Michelle Pollace Latin Jazz Quartet Saratoga, CA Performance   Details
Jun 10, 2017 John-Carlos Perea Intertribal Ensemble San Francisco, CA Performance   Details
Jun 11, 2017 John-Carlos Perea's Intertribal Ensemble at San Francisco Center for New Music San Francisco, CA Performance   Details
Jun 17, 2017 James Robinson Ensemble at the Cascal Restaurant Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Jun 19, 2017 June 19th to June 23rd Teach at San Jose Jazz Camp at Valley Christian High School , Other   Details
Jul 14, 2017 James Robinson Ensemble at the Cascal Restaurant Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Jul 23, 2017 Bloco do Sol San Jose at LitLumpiaFest 2017 San Jose, CA Performance   Details
Aug 04, 2017 Bloco do Sol at SOFA First Friday Streets Market , Performance   Details
Aug 05, 2017 James Robinson Ensemble at the Cascal Restaurant Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Aug 12, 2017 Bloco do Sol at San Jose Jazz SummerFest 2017 San Jose, CA Performance   Details
Sep 29, 2017 James Robinson Ensemble at the Cascal Restaurant Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Oct 15, 2017 Lewis Jordan's Music At Large at Bird and Beckett Books San Francisco , Performance   Details
Oct 20, 2017 Lewis Jordan and Music At Large at Eastside Arts Alliance Oakland, CA Performance   Details
Oct 27, 2017 Lewis Jordan and Music At Large at The Cafe Pink House Jazz Club Saratoga, CA Performance   Details
Nov 10, 2017 James Robinson Ensemble at the Cascal Restaurant , Performance   Details
Nov 18, 2017 Perform with Poet Juan Felipe Herrera at De Anza College , Performance   Details
Nov 18, 2017 James Robinson Ensemble at the Cascal Restaurant , Performance   Details
Dec 02, 2017 James Robinson Ensemble at the Cascal Restaurant , Performance   Details
Dec 08, 2017 James Robinson Ensemble at the Cascal Restaurant , Performance   Details
Dec 16, 2017 James Robinson Ensemble at the Cascal Restaurant , Performance   Details
Feb 01, 2018 Lewis Jordan and Ollen Erich Hunt at SF Poetry Center , Performance   Details
Feb 03, 2018 James Robinson Latin Music Ensemble at Cascal Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Feb 09, 2018 James Robinson Latin Music Ensemble at Cascal Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Feb 23, 2018 Masaru Koga Ensemble at Cafe Pink House Jazz Club in Saratoga, CA Saratoga, CA Performance   Details
Mar 03, 2018 James Robinson Latin Music Ensemble at Cascal , Performance   Details
Mar 09, 2018 James Robinson Latin Music Ensemble at Cascal Mountain View, CA Performance   Details
Mar 31, 2018 Bloco do Sol San Jose at Folksi Dance Festival , Performance   Details
Apr 07, 2018 James Robinson Latin Music Ensemble at Cascal , Performance   Details
May 05, 2018 Recording Session with Lewis Jordan , Performance   Details
May 18, 2018 Masaru Koga Ensemble at the California Jazz Conservatory Berkeley, CA Performance   Details
May 19, 2018 Recording Session with Lewis Jordan 9am-10pm at 25th Street Recording Studios in Oakland,CA , Performance   Details
Jun 02, 2018 Bloco do Sol at Childrens Discovery Museum San Jose , Performance   Details
Jun 23, 2018 James Robinson Latin Music Ensemble at Cascal , Performance   Details
Aug 01, 2018 Joint Chiefs Band Wednesday night Concert Series in downtown Sunnyvale, CA Sunnyvale, CA Performance   Details
Aug 10, 2018 James Robinson Latin Music ensemble at Cascal Restuarant, Mountain View, CA , Performance   Details
Aug 11, 2018 Bloco do Sol at San Jose Jazz SummerFest , Performance   Details
Aug 12, 2018 Bloco do Sol at San Jose Jazz SummerFest , Performance   Details
Dec 07, 2018 Masaru Koga Ensemble at Cafe Pink House, Saratoga, CA , Performance   Details