The HagerRivera Project

The HagerRivera Project

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Joe Hager & Raul Rivera , is a stellar "Boutique" Duo of musicians addicted to the life of music, with a powerful blend of Jazz, Soul, Latin, and Experimental textures. An original cocktail, with tight live shows, clever song writing and a grooving ambiance for all ages to enjoy.

Biography

The HagerRivera Project is Joe Hager (Drums) & Raul Rivera(guitar, Vocals), a stellar "Boutique" Duo of musicians addicted to life & music, with a powerful blend of Jazz, Soul, Latin, Experimental, and Punk textures. An original cocktail, with tight live shows, clever song writing and a grooving ambiance. Joe Hagers flawless time and melodic approach, along with Raul Rivera robust solo jazz guitar approach covering bass, chords and melodys, and humble yet smooth vocals, most with eyes closed believe they are hearing four pieces or more.

It all began In 2000, when Raul Rivera meet Joe Hager through a musicians wanted ad in The "San Diego Reader". Raul Rivera was looking for a snappy drummer for his , "then", soulful, jazzy, rock-n-espanol group "La Vagancia". Joe picked up some tunes on a CD from Raul the first day they meet at Raul's house, dug it for it's latin-jazzy flavor, came in 5 days later with everything down tight ready to play their first gig together @ the Famous Whisky A GO GO on Memorial Day!
Raul Rivera and Joe Hager worked diligently, writing, rehearsing, and producing a 5 song EP Entitled LA VAGANCIA "Cinco Rolas Ep" self- released in 2003, co-produced with long time friend/engineer Phil O'Keefe (Alien Ant Farm, Skeletons, Voodoo Glow Skulls) establishing the former name La Vagancia as a force.
Despite the lack of a permanent bass player, Raul Rivera excepted the task of making sure that live performances didn't lack punch and the fullness of a bass-played band, but instead showed a level of musicianship worthy of any stage. La Vagancia became a power duo playing parties and clubs through out San Diego, Riverside, LA, and Orange counties. At such venues as: Winston's (Ocean Beach, San Diego), Blind Melon's (Pacific Beach, San Diego), Caf Seville (Downtown San Diego) The Famous Whiskey A GoGo (Hollywood, Ca), The Westwood Brewing Co. (Westwood, Los Angeles), The Knitting Factory (Hollywood, Ca), Zen Sushi (Silverlake, Los Angeles), the 2002 Rock and Roll Marathon (San Diego) with live coverage of their music by NBC Channel 7, and regulars at Via Italia (Voted San Diego's Best Pizzeria), and Songo DiVino (Lil Italy San Diego).

In 2006 The Duo decided to rename their long awaited arrival of what they really were, The HagerRivera Project! The two began joining their abilities, creating ideas focused on tight live shows that flowed with emotion, musicianship, and soul. As the two booked shows through out San Diego their idea of mixing various styles, and original material was instant magic! Vibrating rooms with the rhythm that Raul and Joe had envisioned! Finally, the true fullness of what playing music together is all about, the celebration of two great friends, and brothers magical ability to not discuss, or think about the music they play but just throw down and play with true freedom. A relationship that started six years pass through an ad became a life need.

They are able to play low & lounge or loud& LIVE! For any purpose that is ready for thier magic. They currently are recording a new flawless release that will encompass there crafty approach to catchy, jazzy ditties that translate their passion for their music, ideals and life. To be release in early 2008 on Red Vino Records

Discography

La Vagancia - (pre- HagerRivera project self release)

The HagerRivera Project - Release date spring 2008

Set List

3 sets of 45 min.
opener title is usually "So Far Away" or a Latin type feel
to include original one of a kind arrangment from a selection of original and covered repertoire of the latin-jazz, bossa-nova, fusion, funk or soul music idioms.