Described by the New York Times as "an imaginative artist,"  Chilean-born flutist,  Viviana Guzmán (http://www.viviana.org) has been featured on programs for PBS, NPR and NBC, seen on the cover of Latina Style Magazine, and in COSMOPOLITAN en Español, and has played in 73 countries including China, Japan, Singapore, United Kingdom, South Africa, South America, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Egypt.  Her music video was aired on UNIVISION in 30 countries.  She has played as soloist with orchestras from Russia to Chile and in such halls as in Carnegie Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, and other prominent stages with such artists as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Placido Domingo, and Glenn Close.  By the age of 15, Viviana played as a soloist with orchestra,  studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal, and was featured on a John Denver nationally televised NBC special.  Viviana is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York.

The multi-talented singer, dancer and choreographer, Rosa Rojas has been singing and dancing Latin songs from her homeland of Guadalajara to South America since childhood.  A former member of the Middle Eastern Ensemble "Aywah!" from 1995 to 2003, Rosa also understudied with the Balkan singing group, "KITKA", and since 2000, she has been a member of "Ballet Afsaneh" performing dances and songs from the Silk Road Region.  In addition to specializing in South American vocal and dance styles, Rosa also has a strong emphasis in playing various instruments such as "saz" and others, from Turkey, Macedonia, Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt and Morocco.
 
Guitarist Gyan Riley became the first graduate level guitarist eve to be awarded a full merit-based scholarship from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Gyan's awards include First Prize in the San Francisco Conservatory Guitar Concerto Competition as well as in the Music in the Mountains Young Musicians Competition.  He has played with the San Francisco Symphony and has toured UK, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Croatia, Turkey, Norway and throughout the United States.  Following Gyan's recent solo appearance at Carnegie Recital Hall, he was invited to premiere a newly commissioned solo original work as part of the performance for the 2006 New York Guitar Festival. 

Native San Franciscan, John Waller has been drumming since age 8. He has enjoyed playing a diverse selection of percussion instruments including drum set, djembe, conga, doumbek, daf, Persian tombak, tapan, and many frame drums.  He has his own projects, Groove.Org, Jazz Inc., Unity Vibes an  all percussion group, Thwak!!. He has played with RebbeSoul, Common Tongue, Rumeli, Thomas Michaud, Aldoush Alpanian, Kuimba, Viviana Guzman, Tim Rayborn, Tony Khalife, Johnny Smith, Matthew Grasso, Tony Alvis, Tim Campbell, Dave Bell, Scott Peterson, Graham Bruce, Glen Vlez, David Hykes, Suhaila Salimpour, Guinean singer Ibro Diabate and Congan songwriter Borina Mapaka and Indian sitar master Habib Khan among others in jazz, rock, and world music.

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About the Artists

Viviana Guzman, flute & dance
Rosa Rojas, voice & dance
Gyan Riley, guitar
John Waller, percussion