Patricia Carrion

-vocals/synth-
Patricia, born in Veracruz, Mexico, started her musical education at age seven. During her teen years she participated, by playing organ, in several National Competitions, always earning first place.
Eventually, she joined "Acero Caliente" a Reggae band from Panama where she played the keyboards. All the while her interest in salsa music grew stronger. In time, she joined "Color del Son", an all women's salsa orchestra. Subsequently, Patricia has played with several salsa artists from Mexico. In 1999 she, along with other musicians, starts a band called "Rumbeggae", a mix of salsa and reggae. They travel to the United States and place themselves among the favorite bands of the Northwest. They are selected to open concerts for great artists like: "El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico"," Puerto Rican Power", "Elvis Crespo" and many more. Currently she is the owner of "Utopia" Latin Band and "Utopia" Media & Entertainment.


Miguel Angel Munoz

-vocals/piano-
Was born in Veracruz, México, surrounded by tropical music. He studied South American Folkloric Music and Music Pedagogy for Children at the Instituto de Bellas Artes of Veracruz while studying Industrial Engineering at the Cristóbal Colón University.
He founded and directed Yambeque, his first salsa orchestra at the age of 18, sharing the stage with big figures of the salsa movement. Soon, he incursioned into the vast rhythms of the caribbean when he joined Acero Caliente from Panamá, Raver's Reggae Band from Jamaica, the Orquesta Los Trillizos from Cuba, The Charanga del Barrio and José Luis Montalvo y su Orquesta from México, Cassiano from Jamaica and other renowned bands. He moved to Seattle in 2001 performing with Rumbeggae. He is currently Director of Utopia Media and Entertainment and sings with Utopia and Orchestra Zarabanda.


Jeff Norwood

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Jeff has been playing the bass since he was twelve years old. Raised on a musical diet of gospel, funk and punk rock, he has since made a career for himself as a flexible freelance bassist in almost every style imaginable.
He has performed across the US and abroad, including performances at the Monterey, Earshot, North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals. Jeff has studied with Ray Brown and Buell Neidlinger and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in String Performance from the University of Washington.


Ricardo Guity

-percussionist/traps-
In recent decades Ricardo has performed with and along side major names and groups in the music industry across genres, including Babatunde Olatunji, Youssou N'Dour Ibrahima Camara (African and world music), The late great Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, Tipica 73, Cuco Valoy(Latino) and others. Ricardo continues to work with several artists and bands including Wesley Deerying and other members of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Michael Clune Tumbao, MangoSon, Super Mukako, Layla Angulo, Global Heat and others groups which are based in the Northwest where he currently resides.

Ricardo specializes in the Garifuna percussion style but is equally at home performing latin rhythms from many cultures.

You can hear Ricardo on "myspace" [here].
Ricardo is Director of ChangoDina - visit [ here]

Ricardo Guity Owner Changodina Enterprises L.L.C. 206-898-7779


Jeff Busch

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Drummer/percussionist/composer Jeff Busch, has been active on the Seattle jazz, gospel, and Latin jazz scenes for the past 12 years. He is a member of the Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto, nominated for a Latin Jazz Grammy in 2004. In 2007, two of Jeff's original jazz compositions: Peg Leg Bates & The Struggle, were selected as semi-finalists in the International Songwriting Competition's Jazz Category with The Struggle eventually selected as one of 15 finalists.
Jeff has drummed at Seattle's First AME church for the past 10 years, and has collaborated & accompanied a wide variety of artists including: legendary gospel singer Patrinell Wright & the Total Experience Gospel Choir, award-winning jazz trumpeter Thomas Marriott, Trinidadian steel-pan master Jason Baptiste, Latin jazz pianist and musical director of grupo Tumbao Julio Jauregui, Carlos Cascante of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, UofW trumpet virtuoso Allen Visutti, Clarence Acox & the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, jazz trumpeter Dominic Faranacci and mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall to name a few. In addition to his work as a performer, Jeff is also a dance accompanist, producer, educator, studio musician and visual artist. To find out more, go to: www.jeffbusch.net