Matias-Rocha y Nueva Trova

Matias-Rocha y Nueva Trova


“If a Latin American folk musician fell for a stylish jazz player one night and they had children, their offspring could well be Matias-Rocha y Nueva Trova.” – Charleston Gazette
This international quartet presents an amalgamation of styles rooted in the folkloric traditions of Latin America. By combining original melodies and lyrical poetry inspired by the great Hispanic poets of the Americas with strong jazz melodies, they have created a style of their own, while maintaining the tradition of


Rolando Matias: San Juan, Puerto Rico
As an entertainer and musician, Rolando cannot be denied: a Multi-talented percussionist, Afro-Caribbean musicologist, Ethno-Foklorist and an accomplished harmonica player. Rolando has traveled the U.S. playing in a wide variety of groups, performing everything from the blues to Latin rock, and everything in between. A self-taught musician, Rolando, applied his formal training as an Architect into his musical education, seeking perfection, has sought out the greats during his travels in order to perfect his musical techniques as a percussionist, harmonica player and composer.

Rolando started playing percussion at a young age in Cupey Alto, at the local “Bembes” of the neighborhood. “Bembe” is a gathering of “rumberos” jamming and improvising together.

“We started with percussion grooves, pretty soon a trombone player joined in, a trumpeter and all of a sudden the place was kicking, it was a great scene.”

Rolando has completed his musical education in music and composition thru private education and formal studies at The Ohio State University, School of Music. He also advanced his studies as a Master Percussionist in Cuba under the tutelage of a number Cuba’s finest master percussionists from Havana and Matanzas. These studies completed Rolando’s formal training as Master Percussionist on drums, hand drumming and ethnic percussion as well as a Jazz composer. His performances range from the playful to the passionate, making this powerful Puerto Rican presence a pleasure worth watching.

Rolando has performed or recorded with the likes of 2007 Latin Grammy winner Brian Lynch, multi-grammy winner David Sanchez, Chuchito Valdez, Benny Maupin, Patrice Rushen, Leon “Ndugu” Chadler, Azar Lawrence, Othello Molineaux,legendary pianist Eddy Martinez, violinist & trombonist Lew Kahn, legendary bassist Essiet Essit, “1 O’Clock Master” Antonio Orta, guitarist Mimmi Fox, percussionists: Bobby Matos, Bobby Sanabria, Bill Summers and Lenny Castro, bluesmen: Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater, Kenny Neal, Duke Robillard, Australian Dave Hole, Debbie Davies and Howard Scott and the World Band, the late great pianist from Cleveland Roberto Ocasio, Brazilian reedman Carlos Malta, the B-3 madman Ron Levy, Pam Williams, trumpeters: Pharez Whitted, Derek Gardner and Latin Grammy nominee Ray Vega, Los Hombres Calientes, guitarist Jim Savitt, Greg Abate, Aruan Ortiz, Jon Ozmet,Pepe Gonzalez, Hector Martignon, Greg Abate, Andy Gonzalez, Adela Dalto, Kim Pencyl, The Navigators , the master of the spoken word the legenday Umar Bin Hassan from The Last Poets among others.

Eddie Bayard: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Edwin Eddie Bayard is a very gifted and exciting reedman. With over ten years experience, he has become one of the most talented young lions in the nation. He has toured Europe with various jazz groups, and has recently shared the stage with the likes of Marlon Jordan and Gary Bartz. Edwin has played with alto saxophonist Wes Anderson (Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra), the late great jazz vocalist Betty Carter, and Jazz Heritage Orchestra trumpeter Pharez Whitted among others. Eddie is currently gearing up for his first recording as a leader as well as playing with various groups around the country.

Samuel Rocha: Mexico
I began playing guitar at the age of 5, and began singing soon thereafter. My musical influences range from folk, Latin, funk, soul, hip-hop, and jazz, but my roots are in church music and the Mexican folk tradition. Over the past ten years, I’ve performed with various ensembles playing everything from gospel and contemporary Christian music, blues, pop, neo-soul/nu jazz, Latin folk, and Latin jazz. I’ve played with the likes of Othello Molineaux, Eddie Bayard, Eddy Martinez, Pharez Whitted and I’ve been on bills including The Roots, Floetry, Joe Lovano, and more.

Jose Acevedo: San Juan, Puerto Rico


El Favor

Written By: Rolando Matias

Soy Latino, soy gitano,
Todo el mundo
Es mi hermano.

Soy un Hombre, soy vecino,
Mas que nada
Soy tu amigo.

Compatriota, camarada,
El favor
No es por nada.

En la vida, en la muerte
Este amor
Es mas fuerte.

De la tierra, soy arriero
yo cosecho
al mundo entero.


Written By: Roalndo Matias

Libertad, Libertad
Que bella es la libertad

Libertad, Libertad
No me la puedes quitar

Libertad, Libertad
Es la unica verdad

Libertad, Libertad
Ese viejo cascarrabias
Ya me la quiere negar……NO!

Memento Mori

Written By: Rolando Matias

En un cuarto vacio…
Contemplo lo que fui

En un cuarto vacio…
Contemplo lo que soy

En un cuarto vacio…
Contemplo lo que sere

En un cuarto vacio…
Yo se que morire.

Oye Me Mulata

Written By: Rolando Matias

Oye me Mulata
vamos a bailar
ese ritmo guapachoso
esta bueno de verdad!

Mueve la cintura
guindando en tus caderas
y así de esa manera
vamos a gozar


Rolando Matias-Live Volume One, Lifeforce Jazz Records
Sam Rocha-Freedom for Love, Indie
Edwin "Eddie" Bayard w/Pharez Whitted Quintet