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DSC_8003-20120927TON RISCO (Ourense, 1979)

Although he’s been lately focussed in the vibraphone, Ton Risco has been always a drummer and percussionist.

Taking his first steps at the age of five under the guidance of his brother Fernando Risco, later he will study in different conservatoria in Galicia and with teachers like Marcos Vázquez, Federico Elías, Angel Celada or Pedro López.

In 1999 he moves to Holland to study at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he obtains bachellors in both, classical percussion and jazz vibraphone, with highest marks and special mention, in 2004 and 2006, respectively. There he studies with the vibraphonist Frits Landesbergen, the percussionist Ali N’Diaye Rose, from Senegal, and with percussion teachers from the comtemporary music area like Wim Vos, working directly with composers like Steve Reich, György Kurtág or Reinbert de Leeuw.

In 2013 takes lesson from the vibist Joe Locke in New York, as well as from Dave Samuels and Tony Miceli at the Delaware University (New Jersey), or David Friedman in Berlin.

Educated in classical and jazz, his eclectic character leads him to collaborate with a broad range of artists like Metropole Orkest (Amsterdam), Vince Mendoza, Kenny Werner, Asko Ensemble (Amsterdam), Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices, Galician Jazz Orchestra, Cristina Pato, X. Manuel Budiño, Nova Galega de Danza, Cornelius, Roberto Somoza, Paco Charlín, Víctor Prieto Trío, LAR Legido, Marcos Pin Factor E-Reset, Jacobo de Miguel, among others.

He also participates in festivals such as Zeltsman Marimba Festival (Wisconsin, USA), Holland Festival, Steve Reich Festival or Tai Pei International Percussion Convention (TIPC), in Taiwan.

During the last years, he focusses his activity in improvised music as a vibist and drummer in different projects as a freelance, combinning all this with teaching at the Conservatory in Santiago de Compostela.