Ivan Najera
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He currently has 4 albums released: “Jungle” and “On Top Of The Rain”, plus “Devotion” and “Malagueña” recorded with Swiss guitarist Tony Unger. Iván can also be heard as featured guest artist on Christine Bonner’s CD releases: “Sand Castles” and “Compañeros”, as well as on Paul Corbin’s CD release “I’ll Always Be Near You”.

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Born into a large, musical family in Quito, Ecuador, Iván Nájera began performing at the age of nine. A year later, he was awarded the second grand prize in Quito’s National Star Search Competition, a distinction that strengthened his dream of a career in music.

Nájera studied guitar and piano at the National Conservatory in Quito. Throughout his teens, he made numerous radio and television appearances and triumphed at several musical competitions. In 1971, he joined a weekly musical television show, “Gente Joven” (“Young People”), which aired in Ecuador. After more than two years with the show, he went on to join a Colombian Latin jazz/salsa group as lead singer and guitarist, performing at hotel-casinos throughout South America.

In 1975, Nájera moved to California to further his career. Thanks to a combination of talent, tenacity, and providence, opportunities in the music industry were abundant. He began performing and recording his compositions, and simultaneously earned a degree in digital electronics.

Nájera’s music has been described as exhilarating and contagious. Exiting and explosive, emotional and sensual. His influences are rich in cultural diversity, inspired by Spanish and Flamenco, Brazilian, Tropicalia, Andean, jazz, and contemporary styles—enriched with an underlying hint of classical seasoning. In addition to his solo performances, he has shared the stage with greats that include Jose Feliciano, Julio Iglesias, Enrique Coria and Mark Maxwell

Recently, Nájera began complementing his guitar playing with a soft, evocative baritone that enhances the dimension of his music. The summer of 2007 will mark the release of his first CD featuring vocals.