Bassist and composer Aldemar Valentin was born and raised in Mayagüez Puerto Rico. He studied for two years in the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Ponce, Puerto Rico under professor Irvin Cancel. In 1999 he earned a performance Diploma from Berklee College of Music and in 2003, his Bachelor of Music Degree. While attending Berklee, he studied under renowned jazz mentors: Oscar Stagnaro, Bruce Gertz, Hall Crook and Greg Hopkins. In May 2006, Aldemar obtained a Master’s of Music degree in Jazz performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.
His musical and technical skills have been appreciated in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Perú, Panamá, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Cameroon, Japan, People’s Republic of China, Taiwan and the United States. In 2009, in recognition to his merits and versatility, Aldemar was featured as performer and honoree at the Mayagüez Jazz Festival.
Besides being a performer and a composer, Aldemar has also gathered experience as a music instructor. From 2007 to 2013, he taught bass-guitar, music theory and jazz harmony courses at the Inter American University in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From 2009 to 2013, Aldemar lectured jazz ensembles at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico.
Aldemar has appeared in various recordings, most notably: “Oye” by Miguel Zenón & the Rhythm Collective (2013), “Al Son de mi Voz” by Ars Vocalis (2011), “De Jazzambia a Mi Tambor el Concierto” by Paoli Mejias (2011), “Cachumbambé” by Alejandro Avilés (2011), “Introspection” by Ermesc Gonzalez (2010), “Memoirs from Granada” by Brenda Hopkins Miranda (2009), “Traditions” by Angel David Mattos (2007), “The Panama Suite” by Danilo Pérez (2006), “Sentido Tropical” by Rique Colón (2006) and “Mi Tambor” by Paoli Mejías (2005 Grammy® Award Nominated)
Aldemar has released two recordings as a leader: “Finding My Path” (2009) and “Ficciones” (2011).