Boom! International Festival of Percussion presents

Inside The Groove

Dialogue & Demo - Live Online

7 Oct 2022

Chilean drummer, percussionist, and composer, Nacho Mena, will focus the different rhythm foundations from Latin America and their influence on western popular styles including Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Peruvian, samba, bossa, and the Latin American fusion into the jazz and pop scene.

Nacho will also explore the idea of creating and recording your own loops and constructing parts, to sound like a larger and creative percussion section. A great creative tool for your playing and performance.

Nacho will join live via video.

If you have access needs, please call the Box Office on 02 9061 5344 to book tickets.

Exponent of several decades of Chilean-Brazilian and Latin Jazz in New York, Brazil, and Chile, the drummer, percussionist, and composer, José Ignácio (Nacho) Mena Fernandez, has participated for many years in the jazz scenes in Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, New York, and Boston.

He has played with great musicians like Delmar Brown, Webster Lewis, Marvin Gaye, Pat Martino, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Sivuca, Hermeto Pascual, João Donato, Marcio Montarroyos, Ricardo Silveira, Guilherme Dias Gomes, and Victor Biglione, among many others.

Nacho started his musical studies at the Villalobos Institute (UNIRIO), and later received a scholarship for the Berklee College of Music (arrangement-composition and drums) and Universidad de Las Americas, in Santiago, Chile. He was Music Director at two universities in Chile (U. Pérez Rosales and Universidad del Pacifico), and currently has a Music & Technology Academy with recording studio where he records and composes for documentaries, commercials, and films.

Nacho has appeared on the most important jazz and pop stages in the world, including Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, Olympia, Montreux Jazz Festival, Midnight Special, Expo 98 (Lisboa), Monterrey Jazz Festival, Providencia Jazz Fest, Free Jazz, Recife Jazz Fest, Massy Jazz Fest, Nice Jazz Fest, and Berklee Latin Jazz Fest (with Ruben Blades, Jorge Drexler, and Juan Luis Guerra). 

He is always innovating with new bands and projects originals like Rapa Nui (Delmar Brown, Ricardo Silveira; Sam Morrison), Astracarnaval (Antonio Zepeda, Duduka da Fonseca, Tutti Moreno, Alirio Lima, Sammy Figueroa, Guilherme Franco, Badal Roy, and Kainde), and Fruto da Terra with Leo Gandelman, Ricardo Silveira, Fernando Gamma, and Rique Pantoja.

Nacho performed at the Petropolis Winter Festival (Palacio de Cristal) with a super quintet of Brazilian musician friends, Claudio Dauelsberg, Ney Conceição, Widor Santiago, and João Pedro Dias, with great success.

The Nacho Mena Quinteto is currently composed of a new generation of jazz from Chile, and high quality musicians and with lots of world experience. The repertoire varies between original compositions and Latin American pieces with their own style. Nacho recently completed a tour of Spain and Ireland with his jazz band.

Presenting Artist Nacho Mena

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures here, and we will also send safety information directly to you prior to your visit. To ensure we can reach you, we recommend checking that your contact information is up to date.

Everest Theatre

Fri 7 Oct 11am

90 minutes (no interval).

All Tickets $20

$6 transaction fee applies.

If you are booking with a Parents NSW voucher, please note multiple vouchers can be used per transaction, up to a total transaction amount of $250. Vouchers can only be redeemed when booking online. Read more.

Inside The Groove is available to purchase as part of a Boom! Seymour Sessions Day Pass, alongside various other 7 Oct events. Buy a Seymour Sessions Day Pass to access all applicable events for a total price of just $45 (adult price), $35 (concession price), or $25 (student price).

Inside The Groove is also available to purchase as part of a Boom! Festival Pass. Buy a Festival Pass to access all seven days of Boom! events at Seymour Centre and Sydney Town Hall, excluding participant access to workshops, for a total price of just $350 (adult price), $300 (concession price), or $250 (full-time student price).

Recommended for ages 12+. Contains dynamic music. Photography and filming prohibited.

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Seymour Centre. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

Program details for this event are subject to change. If any changes are made, this page will be updated accordingly. Please check back for the latest information before your event.

Exponent of several decades of Chilean-Brazilian and Latin Jazz in New York, Brazil, and Chile, the drummer, percussionist, and composer, José Ignácio (Nacho) Mena Fernandez, has participated for many years in the jazz scenes in Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, New York, and Boston.

He has played with great musicians like Delmar Brown, Webster Lewis, Marvin Gaye, Pat Martino, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Sivuca, Hermeto Pascual, João Donato, Marcio Montarroyos, Ricardo Silveira, Guilherme Dias Gomes, and Victor Biglione, among many others.

Nacho started his musical studies at the Villalobos Institute (UNIRIO), and later received a scholarship for the Berklee College of Music (arrangement-composition and drums) and Universidad de Las Americas, in Santiago, Chile. He was Music Director at two universities in Chile (U. Pérez Rosales and Universidad del Pacifico), and currently has a Music & Technology Academy with recording studio where he records and composes for documentaries, commercials, and films.

Nacho has appeared on the most important jazz and pop stages in the world, including Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, Olympia, Montreux Jazz Festival, Midnight Special, Expo 98 (Lisboa), Monterrey Jazz Festival, Providencia Jazz Fest, Free Jazz, Recife Jazz Fest, Massy Jazz Fest, Nice Jazz Fest, and Berklee Latin Jazz Fest (with Ruben Blades, Jorge Drexler, and Juan Luis Guerra). 

He is always innovating with new bands and projects originals like Rapa Nui (Delmar Brown, Ricardo Silveira; Sam Morrison), Astracarnaval (Antonio Zepeda, Duduka da Fonseca, Tutti Moreno, Alirio Lima, Sammy Figueroa, Guilherme Franco, Badal Roy, and Kainde), and Fruto da Terra with Leo Gandelman, Ricardo Silveira, Fernando Gamma, and Rique Pantoja.

Nacho performed at the Petropolis Winter Festival (Palacio de Cristal) with a super quintet of Brazilian musician friends, Claudio Dauelsberg, Ney Conceição, Widor Santiago, and João Pedro Dias, with great success.

The Nacho Mena Quinteto is currently composed of a new generation of jazz from Chile, and high quality musicians and with lots of world experience. The repertoire varies between original compositions and Latin American pieces with their own style. Nacho recently completed a tour of Spain and Ireland with his jazz band.

Everest Theatre

Fri 7 Oct 11am

90 minutes (no interval).

All Tickets $20

$6 transaction fee applies.

If you are booking with a Parents NSW voucher, please note multiple vouchers can be used per transaction, up to a total transaction amount of $250. Vouchers can only be redeemed when booking online. Read more.

Inside The Groove is available to purchase as part of a Boom! Seymour Sessions Day Pass, alongside various other 7 Oct events. Buy a Seymour Sessions Day Pass to access all applicable events for a total price of just $45 (adult price), $35 (concession price), or $25 (student price).

Inside The Groove is also available to purchase as part of a Boom! Festival Pass. Buy a Festival Pass to access all seven days of Boom! events at Seymour Centre and Sydney Town Hall, excluding participant access to workshops, for a total price of just $350 (adult price), $300 (concession price), or $250 (full-time student price).

Recommended for ages 12+. Contains dynamic music. Photography and filming prohibited.

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Seymour Centre. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

Presenting Artist Nacho Mena

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures here, and we will also send safety information directly to you prior to your visit. To ensure we can reach you, we recommend checking that your contact information is up to date.

Program details for this event are subject to change. If any changes are made, this page will be updated accordingly. Please check back for the latest information before your event.

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