Chromatic harmonica player for 40+ years. Classical notation reading, and improvisation skills Specialties on latin genres like tango, samba; also jazz, pop, rock. Facilities to record and mix in pro level. Extra skills on spanish guitar, drums, clarinet and MIDI programing.
I've played chromatic harmonica for 40+ years. I read classical notation as well as improvise over chords and/or hearing, many styles (jazz, folk, pop, rock); preferences on latin genres like tango and samba.
I also run a Project Studio with all facilities to record and mix acoustic instruments (including myself).
Some extra skills on spanish guitar, drums, clarinet and MIDI programing.
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4 ReviewsEndorse Harmonicist & Sound Engineer
Fast and delivered on time. Highly recommended if anyone's looking for a harmonica player!
Great work and very quick. No hassles.
He is professional and delivers high quality tracks !!!
Leo was a great help achieving a sound I had in my head but could not reproduce myself. He knows what he´s doing and I highly recommend him. Thanks, Leo!
Interview with Harmonicist & Sound Engineer
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to connect with people to understand the best I can the objective of the project. Afterwards, approach depends on project itself: I can hear pre-recorded tracks, read music sheet (notes and/or chords), then improvise, and/or write some script. I record one or more harmonica tracks in 64-bpm-MP3 format to send the client for consideration.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recorded, co-produced and mixed "Caminos Cruzados", by Prana Música de Brasil. Also played in a couple of songs. Same in "Los dos soles" by Marcelo Falcón. Find some videos, music and additional data at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCbzqLQzh-V_KYo8A9F2MJNpuQVqCme86 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99hY1qaPNKw&list=PLDSix1rLh0fP2rPTEx3Tnmizm4r_0EHJ1
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I keep on recording, mixing and mastering local bands. Sometimes, I add my harmonica as a bonus if musicians are willing and the song deserves it.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet. I've been here a short time.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I use digital equipment, of course to digitize, record, and mix. Microphones and speakers are always analog, as well as our own ears! :) So, both worlds live together.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll always try to satisfy them the most honestly I can, following the project quite close until finished.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the opportunity to participate in other people's song with may beloved instrument, highly popular but few musicians in the world play it with ease.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you play in "this" or "that" key? They usually ask if their original composition in in something different than the most traditional C, G, D, E, A keys. Chromatic harmonica has all 12 notes available. Of course, as in any other wind instrument (or melodic instrument in general), there are some keys easier than others, but, depending the speed and difficulty of the song, any key is possible to play with the 4-octave chromatic harmonica.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Sometimes people expect my harmonica sound like diatonic bluessy. That's not my instrument. Chromatic harmonica can play as a flute, oboe, clarinet, cello. Some diads (two simultaneous notes, especially in octaves, but also 3rds and 6ths) may be played. Just a few full chords may also give some "dirty" effect.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you use musical notation? MIDI? Chords progression? Well and clearly defined sections?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Interact as much as possible to transmit your production desire. The most information provided, the more accurate I can play. Let's say, written staff, chords, recordings, words.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Just one 4-octaves chromatic harmonica. Nothing more to play is required. No wires, no amplifier :)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've played for more than 40 years. I entered a Recording Studio at the age of 9 and went fascinated. Almost 30 years later I could construct my own Studio. This year (2017), after my retirement from Oil Industry and Teaching activities, I'm fully dedicated to be a sessionist for the entire World. Of course, all my life was full of music, playing arround with many musicians/friends.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I usually play clean lines, probably largely influenced by tango and jazz.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: ¿Name? I think it's not my goal. Just somebody who loves good music and be somewhat clear about the desired production.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I always try to be respectfull to sung voice and lyrics, avoiding superimpose counter voice as much as possible. Surprising lines, soundskeep public's attention.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I feel really comfortable playing argentinian folk (tango and others), brasilian samba-like music (and many others), as well as internationally well known jazz, blues, pop, and rock. Soft ballads or quick lines are possible to play with the chromatic harmonica.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I play the chromatic harmonica as my main instrument since I was 8 years old, so its a sort of "soul" extension to me. Facilities and knowledge in technical recording field, matches the sessionist service perfectly.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Fresh, sensual, vibe playing an unusual instrument. Few people in the world (compared to the huge quantity of guitar players) masters the chromatic harmonica and can read, write, improvise, play and record to deliver session work in short time.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 50-square meters Project Studio, very well isolated and acoustically prepared to record, mix and master electrical, virtual and acoustic instruments (voice included). State-of-the art digital equipment (consoles, digitizers); several dynamic and condenser microphones.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Toots Thielemans, Larry Adler, Mauricio Einhorn, Jaco Zeller, Hugo Díaz, Dave Grusin, John Williams, Lito Vitale, Javier Chalup
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I love to play tracks with my chromatic harmonica. I usually play a 4-octaves instrument tunned in C. Many styles ranging from jazz, tango, argentinian folk, international pop, rock, blues, and also classical. I read music, and improvise as well. I have all facilities to record and mix audio and MIDI.