Kenneth Meléndez
Country of Residence:
Puerto Rico
Kenneth A. Meléndez musical career began in the Late 70’s. By the age of ten, he was playing out. Kenneth was a self-taught musician on the congas until that early age, when his musical training began at the School of Fine Arts of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Today he plays different percussion instruments. After his Puerto Rico upbringing, he moved back to Lorain, Ohio where he further playing in local bands, which led to performing throughout the United States with various musical groups. Kenneth finishes High school and continues College, major in graphic design. Moved back to Puerto Rico, where He is very active in the music and art scene. Kenneth played on different Latin groups such as, la Terrifica, Conjunto la Perla, Plena y Bembe, Los Pleneros del Barrio, Los Calvos Jazz, Roberto Ocasio Jazz band, Pedrito Guzman Jibarro Jazz, Know playing for la familia sanabria a renown folk music group from Puerto Rico, which Kenneth has form part for over 6 years. 10-to-20 gigs a month and more than 50 festival and event performances per season. Shared the stage with major national artists such as Plenarium, Tommy Olivencia, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Victor Manuel, Andres Jiménes, Joseph Fonseca, Eddie Palmieri, Samuel Hérnandez, Plena Libre, Olga Tañon, Grupo Mania, Kao’s, Andy Montanéz, El Gran Combo, Sonora Ponceña amoung Others. As a Artisan Kenneth likes to create traditional masks with different material such as: burlap, coconut, wood, royal palm, paper Mache, gourd, foam, plastic, and wire mash. He has exhibit his art Works in the; museum McDonough Youngstown, Ohio; Esqueleto gallery Oberlin, Ohio; Lorain County Community College gallery Lorain, Ohio; jazz gallery San Fransico, California; American History Museum Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.; museum of Puerto Rican culture San Juan, Puerto Rico; museum of art Ponce, Puerto Rico; to name a few. While maintaining the heavy performing schedule, Kenneth teaches and strenuously promotes knowledge of art, and Latin music taking his talents to schools, organizations, universities, and community programs sponsored by clients such as Ohio Latino Art Association, Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico, the tourism company of Puerto Rico, Lorain Board of Education, Chicago Board of Education, Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center, Columbus Recreational Parks. His emphasis is specially directed towards art and music. Now, Kenneth is teaching kids, teens and adults the importance of his Puerto Rican cultural traditions througt the Arts. He now travels the United States, Europe, The Caribbean and Puerto Rico with his Masks and Rhythms workshops.
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