Tito Vicente

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Tito Vicente
BornVicente O. Rivera
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Years active 1978-present

Tito Vicente (Vicente O. Rivera), 1959 born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, is a pianist, keyboardist, and a one man band.

Ponce, Puerto Rico City and Municipality in Puerto Rico, United States

Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. The city is the seat of the municipal government.

Pianist musician who plays the piano

A pianist is an individual musician who plays the piano. Since most forms of Western music can make use of the piano, pianists have a wide repertoire and a wide variety of styles to choose from, among them traditional classical music, jazz, blues, and all sorts of popular music, including rock and roll. Most pianists can, to an extent, easily play other keyboard-related instruments such as the synthesizer, harpsichord, celesta, and the organ.

Keyboardist musician who plays keyboard instruments

A keyboardist or keyboard player is a musician who plays keyboard instruments. Until the early 1960s musicians who played keyboards were generally classified as either pianists or organists. Since the mid-1960s, a plethora of new musical instruments with keyboards have come into common usage, requiring a more general term for a person who plays them. These keyboards include:

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Early years

In 1972, at the age of 12, he started his career as a musician, playing the guitar with Los Romanos (The Romans), from Ponce. In 1974, Vicente alongside the group, participated in the Festival Cultural Puertorriqueño, (Cultural Puerto Rican Festival), in Boston, Massachusetts. As a teenager, he also played with several musical groups such as: Gente, (People) and El grupo Semillas, (The Seeds group).

Boston Capital city of Massachusetts, United States

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High school years

In 1978, while he was a senior at Ponce High School he also studied in Escuela Libre de Música Juan Morel Campos , where besides playing the piano and the guitar, he started taking saxophone and trumpet lessons. His knowledge of executing different musical instruments, led him to play the guitar, the bass, and the typical string instrument of Puerto Rico, the cuatro, for the Ponce High vocal group.

Ponce High School owner of guanica library

The Ponce High School is public educational institution in Ponce, Puerto Rico, offering grades nine through twelve. The school's main building is a historic structure located on Cristina Street, in the Ponce Historic Zone. From its beginning the school has secured a unique place in Puerto Rico's educational history. Of over 3,000 schools erected in Puerto Rico in the first quarter of the twentieth century, Ponce High was the largest, "at a time enrolling more students than all the other Puerto Rico high schools combined", and for many years enrolling more students than any other high school in Puerto Rico. The cost of the building in 1915 dollars was $150,000 USD. The building was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on 4 August 1987. The school has the only diamond-level DECA chapter in Puerto Rico. The Ponce High School building is "among the most important public buildings ever built in Puerto Rico." The school is the oldest continuously-operating high school in Puerto Rico.

Instituto de Música Juan Morel Campos

Instituto de Música Juan Morel Campos, formerly known as Escuela Libre de Música de Ponce, is a musical arts institution in Ponce, Puerto Rico. It is an institution of the Ponce Municipal Government. Its first director was Librado Net Pérez.

Piano musical instrument

The piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument invented in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700, in which the strings are struck by hammers. It is played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings.

Professional career

In order to attain more experience, as a many sided musician, Vicente moved to Boston, Massachusetts. He started taking advanced piano lessons with Anne Lamoure, and his apprenticeship was in such a fast pace, that in a short time, Tito became Lamoure's assistant. Later & also in Boston, he was the pianist, of the salsa orquestra, Sabor Latino, (Latin Flavor), where Domingo Quiñones was the lead singer. Subsequently, he moved to Puerto Rico, and this time established his residence in San Juan.

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Domingo Quiñones is a singer of salsa music. He is also a composer, producer and actor.

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Later years

As Tito Vicente, learned how to play various musical instruments, that led him, through modern technology, to become a one man band. He kept on taking advanced music lessons at the Conservatorio de Música Puertorriqueña, (Puerto Rican Conservatory of Music). Simultaneously, he was working with Elin Ortiz, as a music technician, playing background music for several of his television variety shows. His skills as a musician who plays several instruments during a solo performance, has led him to become the whole band and musical director of various singers in the island such as: Chucho Avellanet, Carmen Delia Dipini, Ruth Fernández, Lalo Rodríguez, Ismael Miranda, and mostly the multi-talented performer Carmen Nydia Velázquez, among many others. Vicente's been on tour in Madrid, Asturias, Milan Turín, Florida, Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, and Latin America.

Choky Avellanet (brother) Armando Hipólito Avellanet González, nicknamed "Chucho", is a Spanish-Puerto Rican singer and comedic actor.

Carmen Delia Dipiní, was a singer of boleros. In 2002, Carmen Delia Dipiní was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame.

Ruth Fernández was a Puerto Rican contralto and a member of the Puerto Rican Senate. According to the "Comisiones Nacionales para la Celebración del Quinto Centenario" (National Commission for the Celebration of the Fifth Centennial), she is said to be one of three artists whose contributions have helped unite Latin America. The other two artists named were Libertad Lamarque from Argentina and Pedro Vargas from Mexico.

As time goes by, day by day, Tito Vicente is well acknowledged for his achievements as a musician, who alone undertakes and is responsible for several tasks in the solo performance of different musical instruments, including the bass pedals, executed with his left foot.

Bass pedals are an electronic musical instrument with foot-operated pedal keyboard with a range of one or more octaves. The earliest bass pedals from the 1970s consisted of a pedalboard and analog synthesizer tone generation circuitry packaged together as a unit. Since the 1990s, bass pedals are usually MIDI controllers, which have to be connected to a MIDI-compatible computer, electronic keyboard, or voice module to produce musical tones.

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