Playing music written and composed by Mano Ventura.

Mano Ventura Guitar

Nico Gomaz Bass

Keith LeBlanc Drums

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Influenced by his father, a long established musician in Peru, MANO VENTURA started playing the guitar at the age of five. His appearance in Lima when only nine years old gave him a chance to play with experienced musicians and this had a remarkable influence on his musical career.By the time he was fifteen, he had joined various Latin bands and was writing compositions for his own successful band LOS MADS. In 1969, MANO left Peru for Puerto Rico where he joined the top CREOLE ORQUESTRA DE LUCHO MACEDO.At the age of twenty, MANO came to the UK and was snapped by the Rolling Stones manager MARSHALL CHESS.

Developing his compositions, MANO formed a various projects with very outstanding musicians.  In the early 70's, he played with Indian, rock and blues musicians.

MANO became interested in Indian music and learned to play the sitar. Whilst working with this music, he studied the intricacies of time and more complex time signatures. After spending time playing with Chinese artists, he also acquired the skill of using silence within music. In 1984, MANO formed a seven-piece band, which developed a legendary status featuring the awesome talents of COURTNEY PINE, ROBERTO PLA and FRANK TONTOH. This outfit developed into a quintet featuring MARK MONDESIR on drums, MICHAEL MONDESIR on bass, COURTNEY PINE on sax and MAMADI KAMARA on percussion.

MANO most recently toured the UK with his new outfit NOH GROUND which is a blend of haunting Peruvian sounds, complexity of Arabic - Latin - African rhythms, with exciting bass patterns (drum and bass orientated) within the jazz format, acoustic and electric form, . This outfit developed into a quartet featuring KEITH LE BLANC on drums, NICO GOMEZ on bass and JASON YARDE on sax.

 

 

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Live Playing/Rec/TV'S with SNOWBOY&THE LATIN SECTION / BJORK / LISA STANFIELD / BOY GEORGE / AFRO CUBAN ALL STARS / KEITH LEBLANC / DOM UM ROMAO / SHANIA TWAIN / RICKY MARTIN / MARC ANTHONY / MANO VENTURA / AZUQUITO / HERMAN OLIVEIRA / ROBERTO PLA / ADALBERTO SANTIAGO/ ROBERT MITCHELL / STEVE WILLIAMSON / NEIL ANGILLEY TRIO / TUMBAITO / ROY HARGROVE / ALEX WILSON / YANG / UP BUSTLE AND OUT

 

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