123 Andrés is one of the most exciting new voices on the children’s music scene—his music makes everyone sing, dance and learn—in Spanish and English. A native of Colombia, both his debut CD and his live performances are infused with south of the border sensibilities.
123 Andrés has deep roots in the Latin music world, with over a decade of experience playing Latin Jazz, Salsa, Norteño and Latin folkloric music. He also brings a depth of musical knowledge, holding a doctorate degree in music arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
His carefully crafted songs earned him the first prize in the National Composition Contest in Colombia. In his music, there is always something for children to explore, learn, find, since he creates art with a purpose. 123 Andrés’ songs incorporate themes such as immigration and cultural understanding and celebrate the rich Latino heritage in the US.
Learning guitar from his father, he absorbed many of the folk traditions from Latin America. 123 Andrés had his first studio experience at age 8, recording a full length record with a children’s group. A career playing guitar, clarinet and saxophone followed, with 123 Andrés joining numerous groups of all genres, from an opera company to a ska band.
He found his true calling playing Latino children’s music in 2009. Now he performs his live 123 Andrés kids’ show more than 200 times each year at venues large and small, from full band performances at the Smithsonian Institution’s Discovery Theater to solo appearances at schools and libraries throughout the country. His workshops for educators inspire teachers to use music, rhythm and songs to teach important language arts concepts and can be integrated into any subject. 123 Andrés has a doctorate in Music Arts.
In 2010 he co-wrote and produced a play based on interviews with Dreamers, young immigrants who were brought to the US as children. Andrés lives with his wife in Reston, Virginia.