Otmaro Ruiz

Artist Profile:

Otmaro Ruiz

otmaro_ruiz_1Born in Caracas, Venezuela, June 27th. of 1964. Otmaro Ruiz started his musical studies at the age of eight years old at the "Juan Manuel Olivares" Conservatory, where he covered academic classes (theory, harmony, ear training, history & aesthetics, analysis) and eight years of Classical Guitar.

At the same time, he studies Pop and Classical Organ, pursues a Scientific career as a Biologist at the "Simón Bolívar University" and he is exposed to other artistic activities such as drawing and acting. In 1980 Otmaro gets his firsts professional jobs as a keyboard player for "Top forty" bands and three years later decides to focus entirely on music, abandoning Biological Sciences a couple of years away from getting his degree. Is in this year, 1983, that Otmaro Ruíz becomes part of the very small elite of Recording and Touring musicians working with the most prominent Venezuelan otmaro_ruiz_2 artists and International Jazz and Pop artists visiting his country (check Artist List at the bottom).

In 1986, in conjunction with his performing career, Otmaro joins one of the most important TV & Radio Jingle production companies, "Musica & Letra", which would become a very important ingredient in his development as a composer, arranger and producer. His association with the company lasted for three years, three years of DAILY recordings, until Otmaro decided it was time to move on and set new professional goals.

In 1989, with a partial financial aid from the Ministry of Culture (CONAC), he moves to Los Angeles, California, where he culminates his academic training at the California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS), obtaining a Master Degree in Jazz Performance (1993).

While in CALARTS, Otmaro had the opportunity to perform and interact with many visiting artists however, it was his association with Alex Acuña that introduced him to the very selected circle of musicians in Los Angeles. Since 1991, Otmaro Ruíz is part of the most diverse musical situations, always of the greatest quality (check Artist List at the bottom), ranging from straight-ahead jazz to Pop-Rock, from authentic Salsa& Afro-Cuban to the most exciting Fusion, always keeping versatility as his main focus, not as a financial strategy, but out of the true love and respect he feels for all styles of music to which he has been exposed.

John McLaughlin, Steve Winwood, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, Gino Vannelli, Robbie Robertson, Dianne Reeves, LA Philharmonic, Herb Alpert, Jon Anderson, Alex Acuna, David Weckl, Frank Gambale, Art Davis, Alain Caron, Frank Morgan, Ralph Moore, Boney James, Charlie Haden, Joey Heredia, Nana Caymmi, Munyungo Jackson, Chester Thompson, Justo Almario, Billy Higgins, Vicky Carr, Nat Adderley, Bunny Brunnell, Juan Carlos Quintero, Luis Bonilla, etc.