Furito Ríos He studied at “Escuela Libre de Música” while playing latin-music with notorious orchestras and renowned artists. In 1986, he was admitted at Berklee College of Music, Boston MA, where he studied with Bill Pierce and Andy Mcgee and took master classes with Michael Brecker. Graduated in Music Composition from “Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico”; he became the fourth student in the Conservatory’s history to obtain this degree. Has a Master’s Degree in Musical Education from Cambridge College and Post-Graduate studies in Music from Boston University. José “Furito Ríos” has been recognized for playing various musical instruments, such as: saxophones alto, tenor, soprano and baritone, the flute and piccolo, and the clarinet, apart from being a music composer and arranger of a vast variety of musical genres. His versatility has driven him to play with hundreds of famous artists, national and international such as: Michel Camilo, Ray Barreto, Arturo Sandoval, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jerry González, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, David Sánchez, Eddie Palmieri, Ilan Chester, Franco de Vita, Isabel Pantojas, Paloma San Basilio, Raphael, José José, Roberto Carlos, Marco Antonio Solis, Bobby Valentín, and Gilberto Santa Rosa among many others. Ríos has participated in more than 300 musical recordings, including one of composer Luis Cobos and The Royal Philarmonic Orchestra of London. He’s also a voting member of The Latin Academy and The American Academy. Furito Ríos has played in many musicals; Latin Quarter in Las Vegas, Questionable Quest in Broadway’s Beacon Theater, Phantom of the Opera and Guys and Dolls. He has composed musical scores for many plays, such as: “El Retablillo” by Federico García Lorca, Carmen by Bizet, “El Vapor Costanero”, among others. Since 1997, he has participated as clarinet player with “Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico”, performing pieces of Mahler, Bartók, Ravel, and also taking part in their 40th Anniversary Concert . Since 1994, he directs his own “Jazz Ensemble” fashioned with outstanding Puertorican musicians. Together, they have performed around the whole island, including a historic concert in “Ateneo de Puerto Rico”, where they presented this music genre for the first time in 20 years! He has also performed in the Michelob Jazz Fest, 1990-1992 and the Heineken Jazz Fest, 1991-2001. In 1995, the group’s performance was a favorite amongst audiences and the media. He performed in the Curaçao Jazz Festival, where he shared the stage with George Benson and Paquito D’ Rivera. Ríos and his quartet, were “special guests” at the “V Festival de Jazz de La República Dominicana”, where he shared the stage with Arturo Sandoval, among others. In 2016, he returned to the Heineken Jazz Festival with his own recording production, “Standard Bomba”, and was cataloged by the media as “…the best part of the Festival…”. In 2001, Ríos creates a series of successful concerts called: “Jazzeando en la Plaza”, which gathered some of the best jazz musicians from Puerto Rico. He was commissioned by the great Krzysztof Penderecki, to compose a piece for the Casals Festival of 2002: “Monte David”. It was performed in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands by the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet from Germany. The Time 6:38, his first debut album, was released in 2001 and his second album, “Cuatro al Jazz”, was a big hit locally and internationally. In November 2004, he was also commissioned to compose two pieces, this time for the Bronx’s Symphony Orchestra. During 2011, he was commissioned to orchestrate and personally perform his own creations in a historic Jazz concert with the “Orquesta Sinfónica de Pueto Rico”, called Go Pop. Furito and his own company “Taller S&R, Inc.”, entirely produced and directed the “Festival de Jazz Boriquén” from 2001-2007. During the last couple of years, he’s been the musical composer, producer and director of numerous CD’s and DVD’s, all commissioned by different Spanish enterprises. “La Maestría” collects his initial passion for music; “salsa”, together with the performance of one of his favorite musical instruments, the baritone saxophone. “La Maestría”, was chosen in march 2013 as #8 out of the best 20 musical productions of 2012, and #1 in the “latin music” category. His most recent production, “Standard Bomba”, is a fusion of big jazz celebrities and Puerto Rico’s “Bomba” musical genre; an exploration of both genres, that combined, create a historic music production. Currently, Furito makes appearances with his “salsa” orchestra and his Jazz ensemble performing his new release, “Standard Bomba”. He is currently working on the official film score for the documentary “Niuyorican Basquet”, Documentary, in which he creates, produces and directs all the music. This as well, for the short film “El Valor”.