Victor Mendoza | Berklee Valencia

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Victor Mendoza

Professor Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration)

“The master’s degree program in performance provides the student with the opportunity to hone in on a deeper level of understanding of expression and artistry. This means intense dedication to instrumental technique, improvisation concepts, and expansion of vocabulary in the area of interest.

“I have always believed that in addition to developing strong jazz concepts and vocabulary, a deep understanding of the rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic concepts of music from Latin America the Mediterranean, Baltic countries, and India provides the musician opportunities and creative vocabulary, making a musician more well-rounded. Therefore, I approach my student’s development by providing them with materials for study based on transcription work and harmonic and rhythmic study methods in the area of concentration. This, in turn, will enable them to grasp a deeper understanding of various styles of performance as well as an approach to composition.

“My love for teaching developed over the years, as I have discovered the essence of constant wonder and amazement through the eyes of my students.”

Career Highlights

  • Vibraphonist, composer, producer
  • Exclusive performance artist/clinician for Yamaha and Vic Firth
  • Guest appearances with the World Festival Orchestra under the direction of Paquito D’Rivera and the Milan Svoboda Orchestra in Prague
  • Sold out shows at Taipei National Concert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, and in Tel Aviv
  • Japan tour at National Percussion Festival
  • Solo appearances with the prestigious Big Band Jazz Knights of West Point, Carlos Chávez Symphony Orchestra in Mexico City, the Granada Symphony in Spain, Banda Sinfonica de Lliria (150 piece), Banda del Puerto Valencia, and Primitiva Symphonic Wind Ensemble in Lliria, Spain
  • Soloist with the Compañia Nacional de Danza de España in Madrid, Spain’s premier contemporary dance company.
  • Recordings and performances with his own group, as well as with Paquito D’Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Antonio Sanchez, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Slide Hampton, Lee Konitz , Perico Sambeat, Jorge Pardo, George Garzone, and more.
  • Named one of the Outstanding Latin Jazz Artists of the Year by Latin Beat Magazine; Black Bean Blues named one of the best Latin jazz recordings of the year by Modern Drummer magazine
  • Compostions for CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox TV
  • Black Bean Blues recording production was included in the Smithsonian Institute in the exhibition "Latin Jazz: The Perfect Combination," alongside works by artists such as Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez.
  • Named “the genre’s leading vibraphone practitioner” and “one of today’s most resourceful composers” by Jazziz Magazine