ABOUT FRANCISCO “Pancho” MOLINA / www.panchomolina.com
Born in Concepción, Chile, in 1969, Francisco “Pancho” Molina started playing drums when he was 11. He cites the rock of Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Police as well as the jazz of Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea as early inspirations. When he was 13 he and two friends in Concepción formed the band Los Tres (The Three), eventually moving to the Chilean capital of Santiago and spending 15 years with the group which would become the most successful and influential rock band in Chile and Latin America during the 90's, touring extensively in Chile, Argentina, Perú, Colombia, México, the USA, Spain and Italy and releasing 8 albums on Sony Music, several of which went Platinum. Parallel to his career as a rock drummer, Molina continued his love affair with jazz and he with the other members of Los Tres formed a jazz trio and he released three albums in Chile as a leader - Los Titulares, Perseguidor and Bipolar - on his own independent jazz label Columbus records.
Molina left Los Tres in 2000 and in 2004 moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music from which he graduated in 2007. In Boston he met guitarist Elias Meister, saxophonist George Garzone, pianist Leo Genovese and bassist Ben Street who appear on Open For Business, the drummer’s US recording debut. Another important connection Molina made at this time was with the Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez who invited the drummer to join his big band and with whom he performed and recorded the acclaimed work “Panama Suite.” In addition to playing with different jazz, blues and rock musicians in Boston, he also worked as a percussionist for the dance departments of The Boston Conservatory, Wellesley College, and Harvard University as well as with the Boston Ballet, Prometheus Dance Company and Zoe Dance Company.
Molina moved to New York City in 2007.
"La Continuación del Sonido" is Francisco Molina's second album on his Label. EMPM Records.