JC "Bulu" Viloria
The Soul of New York’s Spanish Harlem / session
Bulu was born in Maracaibo-Venezuela.His passion for the percussion began at the age of 14 ,when he started playing congas with a gaitas band (Venezuelan folkloric music).Then he decided to study at the conservatory of the symphonic youth orchestra of Venezuela (Orchestra Sifonica Juvenil).
At the age of 16, was he already playing with the number one bands in Maracaibo like guaco, la combinacion and carangano (where he shared the percussion responsibilities with Archie Pena). After all this experiences he decided to move on, and he went to Caracas, to get to bigger opportunities.
There, he started his own band la crema, he recorded an album and even get to be number 2 in the top 50 in the Venezuelan radio.He was also Ricardo Montaner percussion player for about 4 years, (Venezuelan singer that has been for years between the top artists in south, central, and north America), and at the same time he was part of a television program called almorzando con orlando, where he was not only the percussion player but also the musical director.
In 1984 he started working as the musical director in the tamanaco hotel la boite hotel tamanaco, he worked also with shows like ballet carmen mota (Spain), oba oba (Brazil), follies follies (France), Simon Diaz (Venezuela), los hermanos del rio (from the hit macarena/Spain), etc.
In 1988 Bulu went to Aruba for some time to accompany the show oba oba of Brazil, where he decided to stay for around 8 years, working with the most bands in the island of popular music, latin jazz, etc.
In 1997 he went to New York to work as a sound recording engineer and worked with bands and musicians like Timbalaye, Jose Mangual Jr, Eddie Santiago, song by four, Papo Pepin, Milton Cardona, Yomo Toro, Leopoldo Pineda, Joe Torres, Robert Quintero, Robert Vilera, Marc Quiñones, Chicas del Can, Miosotis (ex-singer New York band), Joe King, Cuco Valoy, Javier Vasquez y La Sonora Matancera, Fuerza Juvenil, Junior Gonzalez, etc
Since 1999 he is living in The Nederlands and has being participating in almost all the most known festivals in Europe with bands like: Gerardo Rosales (Trabucombo), Azucaribe, Curacao jazz project, Charanga la crisis, Lucas van Merwijk (Cubop city big band), Gerald y La Ritmica, Eddie Martinez big band, Arturo Castillon, Franklin Caesar, Eddy Veldman en Opo-yeye, Arena latin gipsy band, Jose Lopretti en Candombe jazz, Nueva Manteca, FP La Banda, Rumbata big band, Desperados bfdm, Alberto Caicedo y su Orquesta, Marco Toro y su ensamble, Neco Novellas, Conjunto Amsterdam, Van Merwijks music machine feat. Manou Gallo, Nando Vanin y su Orquesta, Adinda's Clave y Tumbao, Los Misticos, Metropole orchestra, Herman Olivera, Jimmy Bosch, Frankie Vazquez, La India from NY and many others. etc
Currently playing as independent musician with:
• Van Merwijks music machine & Manou Gallo
• Los Misticos
• Adinda’s Clave y Tumbao
• Conjunto Amsterdam
• Desperados BFDM
• Clave Sonera
• Alberto Caicedo y su orquesta
• Marco Toro y su ensamble
• Nando Vanin y su Orquesta
• Neco Novellas
• Descarga Amsterdam
• Cubop City big band
• Pedro and his Cuban experience
• Trabuco Guarimba
• Zambo Jazz
• The Soul of Spanish Harlem (van Merwijks music machine)
feat: Shirma Rousse, Gianna Tam and Lilian Viera
• and many others……