Originally from the Dominican Republic (DR), studied solfeggio privately in 1985 and Classical Guitar at the Conservatorio Nacional de Santo Domingo (CNSD) in 1986 and taught himself electric bass and Jazz-Rock guitar. In Boston took private lessons with Jay Weik, Tony Wolf, Steve Neil, Ed Meradith as well as with the world famous, nowextinct Charlie Banacus. In 1997 attended the John Payne Music Center (JPMC) in Brookline, currently attends the Morningside Music Studio and is an alumni of Berklee College of Music.
A multi-instrumentalist, Leo started his professional career in 1989as a guitarist for Roy Tabare’s El Clan de La Furia and as a bassist for the Rock group Cahobazul. Joined the first Jazz Ensemble ofthe CNSD directed by sax legend Crispin Fernandez in 1991 performing at the Conciertos de Jazz Astwoods and on national television. Toured the DR as part of La Orquesta Codetel under the direction of Amaury Sanchez. A Boston resident since 1994, has performed in multiple projects as a Jazz guitarist at Ryles, Bob’s the Chef (now Daryl’s Corner), Cambridge’s 1359 Jazz Club, Wally’s and theHistoric Connollys’ Bar. Leo is currently the Bassist and founding member of In The House (ITH), Boston’s premier function band since 1998 (inthehousene.com). With ITH has toured all over New England with some of the area’s elite players including: Patrice Williamson, Kera Washington (zilimisik.com), Rusty Scott, T Lavitz, Steve Bourassa, Andrew Saltzman, Mike Mele and Marianne Solivan to name a few. In 2011 founded The Leo Colon Latin Jazz Project along with Santiago Hernandez.
Leo started his teaching career in 1988 and so far has taught guitar, bass, piano and ensemble to over 500 students. Currently teaches at ZUMIX since 1998 (zumix.org). In 2011 ZUMIX was chosen among 471 nominees to receive an award from the white house as one of the top 12 non-profit youth organizations in America. In 2001 while at ZUMIX Leo co-founded the Student ensemble The DiverCity Band (DB). Some of the highlights of (DB) includes opening for Kool and The Gang at Suffolk Downs and the release a mini-EP entitled The DiverCity Band available for download in Itunes. Leo was Part of the after-school teaching staff of the Mario Barnes Academy Middle school (2005), director of the DOREMI School of Music In Roxbury (2007), is currently organist and musical director of Christ Church/ Iglesia de San Juan since 2001 and is currently working on a guitar instruction method book.
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Gear Mr. Colon,
I just heard about Steve Neil’s passing. Can you tell me what happened?
May he rest in peace. Steve was my friend and teacher for many years.
Sacred and folk songs from Russia. LYRA choral group. US tour 2017
Dear Mr. Colon,
In September – October 2017, a Russian vocal group “LYRA” will be touring around the East coast of the US. LYRA is an a cappella group of 5 professional singers (ladies and men). The ensemble is a winner of several international choral competitions.
The main aim of LYRA’s activity is to make Russian sacred music well known in other countries by concerts and singing in ecumenical worships, and also to bring traditions of Russian folk music to people who are interested in world culture and in Russian choral music in particular. Russian choral music is one of the most beautiful parts of the world musical heritage. So, we truly believe the music we perform may be interesting to all music lovers. The group regularly goes with concert tours to European countries (Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, England, Ireland).
Now we are trying to get in touch with parishes, musicians, music organizations and all people in your country who are interested in a cappella music. If you want to meet richness of Russian musical heritage and invite our group to your church please contact us simply by answering this mail. We believe, this would be a great and unique experience for your congregation and community.
Every year, since 2001, we tour around the US. Over 150000 Americans have listened to us and could prove the quality of our performance. We have made friends with many people who, we are sure, will be glad to say a word for us. We will be delighted to provide you with some references.
If you have any questions we would be happy to answer all of them. We intentionally do not include any WEB links with the recording of our music into this e-mail to avoid a virus fear. However, at your request, we can pleasantly send you some WEB links with VIDEO recordings from the concerts in the past. Or else, simply search for “LYRA Russian vocal group” in YouTube and you will get quite a few videos with us.
We would be happy to sing for you and your community.
LYRA vocal group
St. Petersburg, Russia