Victor Mendoza

Victor Mendoza

Independent, Mendoza Vibe

Vibraphonist, producer, composer, and educator, Victor Mendoza of Mexican origin, is considered one of the greatest artists of international recognition in the genre of Latin jazz and world percussion by critics around the world.

His career as a performer includes performances with his own group and with artists such as Paquito D' Rivera, George Garzone, Claudio Roditi, Slide Hampton, Antonio Sanchez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio "" El Negro"" Hernandez , Lee Konitz, Jorge Pardo and Perico Sambeat, among others.

As a soloist, Mendozas performances include the World Festival Orchestra under the direction of Paquito de Rivera, Milan Svoboda Orchestra in Prague, Sinfónica Carlos Chavez in Mexico City, the prestigious Jazz Knights Big Band of West Point, the Orchestra of the City of Granada, Spain, and the Primitiva Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Spain. Jazz festivals around the world include Montreal, Paris, Boston, New Orleans Heritage, Warsaw, Prague, Tel Aviv, Madrid Jazz and as soloist with the Compañia Nacional de Danza de España, and sold-out concerts at the Taipei National Concert Hall and Osaka National Percussion Festival.

Latin Beat Magazine named him among the most prominent artists in the genre of Latin jazz. Modern Drummer Magazine and Jazziz magazine named Mendoza as ""the leader of the vibraphone in this genre, and one of its most imaginative composers.

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  • Most memorable Next-Level Performance

    There was one concert where the bandstand was filled with power and grace: Percussion sensation Eguie Castrillo was leading the big band and the rhythm section had it all - I could play with the widest dynamic range and simply phrase and breathe freely. The band was listening to me and I could go where I wanted - it was magical and it was hot!
  • What Drives Your Creativity?

    In the last few years, my creativity comes simply from practicing and/or just sitting at the piano, or sometimes I hear something that moves me and I prepare myself before so that my mind is clear. At times this also happens when I listen to other mallet players such as Gary Burton, David Friedman, Milt Jackson, and many of today's great marimba players, and my Father who played guitar (he was a Master of jazz, classical, flamenco and South American styles!) - all so different and with a unique approach to self-expression, it's simply wonderful. I also have the good fortune of working with great musicians in the US, Spain, Mexico, South America, the rest of Europe, and some younger "lions and lionesses"! Their energy and musicality make me stay on top of my game!