Episode 12 Jimmy Biala

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Jimmy Biala is a professional music educator, performing and recording artist.

During the academic school year Jimmy teaches Cuban and Brazilian percussion programs for several elementary schools in San Jose and Campbell, California and community ensemble classes throughout the year. He is an assistant director for Mestre Jorge Alabê's Grupo Samba Rio Bateria in Oakland, California and also an accompanist for percussion and dance classes at the California Brazil Camp.

Jimmy performs regularly playing Latin percussion and drum set with different ensembles in the Bay Area.

He founded the group SambAsia SF in San Francisco in 2002 and SambAsia Beijing (now called Templo do Samba) in 2006. He was an artist in residence in Taiwan 2005-2007 and in Beijing, China 2007-2010.

Currently Jimmy is the director of the ensemble Bloco do Sol based in San Jose, California.

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