ULISES BELLA - Ozomatli
I've been playing on the Durga for several years and have taken it on world tours as Music Ambassador and I have played it as a grinding working musician at tiny little clubs...it delivers on tone and projection every time.I love the energy and vibe of the company.Namaste!
I am a founding member of Ozomatli.i play Sax,clarinet,melodica,requinto and keys for the group.i started in music at a very young age.first instrument was classical piano then I picked up the clarinet where I was strong enough to play first chair for the LA youth Philharmonic.in junior high I picked up the Sax and guitar.I ended up going to high school at LACHSA where I was exposed to great music and professors.I studied Jazz with LA legend Bobby Bradford while attending PCC then dove into the LA music scene with a Latin Ska group called Yeska.in making a name within the music scene I was called to be apart of an exciting new band called Ozomatli that featured Chali 2na and Cut Chemist from Jurassic 5...shortly after forming we scored a album deal and our first national tour with the Warp tour.Now 20 years later we have become a part of the pantheon of iconic LA bands and continue to release albums,score TV ,animation,Movies,and tour the world.
What is your experience when you feel connected into the music?
When I perform to an audience it is all about the connection...joy,ecstasy,elation,and spreading love through music is the glue to this connection.
Do you have any fun stories of inspirational moments to share?
"We have had many moments ....
1.touring with Santana as his opening act and his horn section.
2.jamming with Pharaoh Sanders during this tour.
3.recording with. Fania legends Yomo Toro and Johnny Pacheco
4.isaac Hayes sitting in at a Super Bowl party
5.having Stevie Wonder sit in and playing some of his classic songs.
6. Playing for President Obama at USC then making him laugh with a Hawaiian spam joke!
7.being chosen as a music ambassador by the state department and getting to play to huge crowds in India,Nepal,Indonesia,Argentina,Brazil,Jordan,Egypt,Vietnam,Tunisia,South Africa,Madagascar,Lithuania,Poland,Chile,Mongolia and Burma
8.winning Grammys and Latin Grammys
9.by far the most important moment is the now...we are still together and rocking! "