ROSSE AGUILAR, Guatemalan saxophonist, singer, educator, composer, author and arranger, active on the national and international jazz scene as a speaker, teacher and performer, standing out as a highly versatile musician; currently artist BG France-Latin America, Vandoren and YAMAHA.
Born in Guatemala City, she studied music at the Guatemalan National Conservatory of Music, the Alfredo Colom School for Teachers of Music Education, the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and a Bachelor of Music Performance with a specialty in saxophone at the Universidad Da Vinci from Guatemala. She has studied Jazz in Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico, where she received several awards and study scholarships.
With versatile musicality and extensive knowledge of harmony and composition, she perfectly masters the scat technique with which she prints each note with a very precise tuning and clear phrasing. She has written more than a dozen musical compositions in which she combines her influences of jazz, Latin music, samba and flamenco, with some of which she has been awarded prizes and recognitions in competitions such as the International Songwriting Competition with the theme “You ´re my angel ”year 2020, the National Composition Contest of AEI Guatemala (2019) with the theme“ I´m Here ”, National Jazz Composition Contest 2-JAZZ-13 with the theme“ Freedom ”, the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and Estela Guatemala Awards 2017 in the Jazz Artist category and 2018 in the Best Jazz / Blues Song category with the theme “Herencia”, among others.
Along with the Imox Jazz quartet, it has performed regularly at jazz festivals in Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala; together they have shared the stage and performed live with jazz figures such as Jason Marsalis, Dave Schoereder, Billy Drewes, Erick Marienthal, Rufus Reid, Andrea Motis, Arild Andersen, LaFrae Sci, Eli Yamin, Camille Thurman, Nicky Denner & Cocomama, Cristelle Durandi, Dulce Resillas, Sebastian Schunke & Diego Piñera, Sara Lieb, among others. Currently, the Imox quartet has released its third album titled Caminando.
In October 2017, Rosse was named Artist of the Year in the Musical Performance category by the Hemeroteca de Guatemala; she was also invited to participate as a speaker at the TEDx Guatemala City Women in the same year. She has made recordings with prominent artists and musical groups in the industry in different genres and has participated in various projects ranging from musical theater to Reality Show-type programs for major television stations in Central America and Mexico as a vocal coach and judge.
She is currently a professor in the Bachelor of Music Performance at the Da Vinci University of Guatemala in the areas of saxophone and singing. Throughout her unstoppable career as a music educator, she founded and directed the contemporary music schools ATEMPO (2010) and INNATO (2016), where she has promoted the diffusion of contemporary music and jazz through various study programs. She has also developed educational programs within the framework of the Jazz Festival in binational institutions such as the IGA and embassies such as the embassy of Germany, the USA, Japan and Israel, developing projects among which the JazzFest 2011 stands out with professors from the Berklee College of Music and the Fundación Jazz Fest AC de México, the JazzCamp organized by the Amigos del Arte Foundation (FUNDADELA) and the Embassy of the United States of America (2016 and 2017); among other projects in 2019. She has been a professor of saxophone at the Germán Alcántara National Conservatory of Music, of the Superior School of Arts of the University of San Carlos de Guatemala, places where she made an important advance in the contemporary saxophone of the country.