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Furito Rios

Furito Ríos
At the music business he's known as Furito, his passion for music took him at the early age of twelve to the "Escuela Libre de Música", he alternated his studies by playing professional Latin music with the best performers of this gender. He continued music studies at University of Puerto Rico and was the fourth student in the history of The Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music that graduated from Musical Composition.

He expands his horizons in Boston entering in 1986 to Berklee College of Music were he received lessons of professors like Bill Pierce, Andy Mcgee and clinics with Michael Brecker. He moves to Las Vegas to be part of the "Latin Quarter" show directed by Kenny Ortega. When he returned to Puerto Rico at age twenty one he shared the stage with many artists, throughout his carrier a selection of some of the artist with whom he has played or recorded are: Tito Puente ,Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Soledad Bravo, José José, Diane Shurr , Marco Antonio Solis, Ilan Chester, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Lucesita Benitez, Roberto Carlos, Raphael, Danny Rivera, Roberto Rohena, Bobby Valentín, Joan Rivers, Sheila E.,The Marvelettes, Proyecto M, Descarga Boricua , Isabel Pantoja, Paloma San Basilio, Justino Diaz, Christian Castro, Justo Almario, David Sanchez, Hilton Ruiz, Michel Camilo, Jerry González, Andy Montañez, Member of Cultura Profetica and many others.

Since 1991 Rios participated in special concerts with Puerto Rico Symphony Orquestra; "Jazz Quintet and Orquestra" 91,and other concerts with artist; Giovanni Hidalgo, Michael Camilo and Arturo Sandoval.
Ríos appeared in different Jazz festivals such as "Michelob Jazz Fest" 1990-1992. He played at the "Heineken Jazz Fest" 1991,92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99 and 2000 with different artist such as Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, Bob Mintzer, Mike Mossman, Diane Shurr, Eddie Palmieri and others. He appeared at the "Curacao Jazz Fest 1993" were he shared the stage with Paquito D' Rivera and George Benson and his performance at the “Dominican Republic Jazz Fest” fifth edition, were he shared the stage with Arturo Sandoval, was highly praised.

The year of 1994 was an important one for Furito during that year one of his dreams and his compositions came alive by creating his own group uniting forces with a gathering of the best musicians in Puerto Rico.They performed as a group at the Puerto Rico Center of Performing Arts on November 1994. They played throughout the island with the "Feel the Heineken Night Tour" and he was invited as special guest on the"Heineken Jazz Jam Sessions". Furito's jazz group appeared at the "Puerto Rico Jazz Fest 95" with great acceptance and feedback from the critics because his performance turn to be one of the festival surprises. All through his career Rios has played in over 300 recordings including one with composer Luis Cobos and the Royal Philharmonic of London; Rios has also played recognized and famous jingles. Been such a versatile musician as he is, he plays different instruments having succeed musically with all of them, they are; flute, piccolo, clarinets and all the saxophones. This capacity to play from one instrument to another took him to play different and important musicals like; Guys and Dolls, The Phantom of the Opera and Questionable Quest on The Beacon Theater on Broadway.

Furito also works as an assistant clarinet player at Puerto Rico's Symphony Orquestra.
Ríos composes and arranges for many artist and theater plays such as, Andrés Jímenez and Ismael Miranda, Victoria Sanabria, Cano Estremera ,Lorca’s El Retablillo, Carmen and others.
Furito compose the music for the movie “Costa Sur” (a Puerto Rican production).

Ríos received the important commission by Maestro Krzysztof Pendereski to compose a Contemporary piece for the Racher Saxophone quartet for The 2002 Pablo Casal’s International Festival.

Ríos is the founder and creator of a Public Jazz Series call, “Jazzeando en la Plaza” were the public has the oportunity of listening their favorite local jazz artist perform with Furito’s quartet at the different parks of San Juan. This project and other jazz concerts are running under his production company S&R. The Time 6:38 is Furito’s first solo recording, in this exciting musical work Furito composes, arranges, plays the flute, tenor sax, alto sax, soprano and baritone and includes the performance of great artist such as David Sanchez and Jerry González. Furito was the founder and musical director of the
“Festival de Jazz Boriquén”, the first free jazz festival in Puerto Rico, from 2001 to 2007 were he has directed and shared the stage with world renowned performers such as; Jane Bunnett, Eddie Gomez, Hilton Ruiz, Jerry González, Giovanni Hidalgo, David Sánchez, Papo Vázquez, Bobby Valentín, William Cepeda, Alex Acuña, John Benítez and Alon Yavnai among many others.
He was commissioned by The Bronx Arts Ensemble orquestra to compose two orquestra pieces for their autumn concert. He was also the Invited Conductor for the entire concert.
Ríos in the present is the Artist in Residence for VID-90, an all Jazz Radio Station in PR, were he conducts a program about jazz history “The Workshop” and perform at Station’s concerts all thru the island. He’s also artist of “Cañas González”, and Argentinean based Reed’s Company.
He was also conditioned by Ponce Museum of Art to write music for their annual Gala 2011, in a concert called Symphonic Jazz wish featured his jazz sextet with a Symphony Orchestra. The concert was a success.
His production Cuatro al Jazz, recorded live from Boriquén Jazz Fest., is an example of the musical quality of the festival and the fusion that Ríos is bringing to jazz, in the unification of JAZZ and THE PUERTORICAN RYTHMS. His new project and recording LA MAESTRIA is an impressive merge between Latin jazz and salsa.