Adjunct FacultyCedar Valley CollegeCourse: MIDI class
Juan Cristobal Moreno had a prolific career as a professional musician in his native Venezuela before coming to the U.S. He started taking classical lessons at a young age with Rafael Dalmau in his hometown of Valencia, and later in the Music Conservatory of Aragua with renowned Venezuelan classical guitar composer Efrain Silva. He has participated in a wide selection of bands and groups, playing the electric guitar and covering different styles of music including rock, blues, pop, Latin and jazz. With his ability to perform diverse musical styles, he worked steadily playing for popular singers and as a recording session player in Venezuela.
He was a former member of the Jazz Sextet of the Youth Symphonic Orchestra of Venezuela, under the general direction of Berklee graduate José Calabrese. Though he learned from an array of sources, taking jazz Improvisation lessons with Luis Cañizales (who studied in Boston with renowned jazz educator Charlie Banacos) was the breakthrough that made him more confident with the jazz language.
By his 20s, Mr. Moreno was already a busy musician dedicated not just to performing but also to arranging music, leading bands and producing albums for singers and songwriters, which later led him to teaching music. Thanks to a friend who attended the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles and who wanted to open a school of music in Venezuela, Mr. Moreno got involved in developing a contemporary program in commercial music. The partners actually created two institutes: Tecnológico de Música in Valencia and the Roland Learning Center in Caracas, under the sponsorship of South America representatives for the Roland Corporation.
Mr. Moreno came to the U.S. in his 40s and landed in Miami, where he played the guitar for several groups, worked as a sound engineer and had the opportunity to work for the Latin TV Broadcast Station Univision as a background musician for shows such as "Despierta America" and "Sabado Gigante".