Javier Suame

Javier Saume (percussion), a native of Caracas (Venezuela), began his studies in percussion at the age of eight with Edgar Saume, the principal percussionist of the Simón Bolívar Orchestra. Later on he became a member and instructor for the Youth Orchestras in his native country (Movimiento de Orquestas Juveniles de Venezuela). Javier holds a B.A. in Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University where he studied classical percussion with E. Harrison, drum set with Phil Grateau & Paul Wertico, and Latin percussion with Ruben Alvarez.

He has performed with Rhonda Richmond, Reginald Veal, Herlin Riley, Cassandra Wilson, Rigel Michelena and Chuchito Valdes and recorded with Middle Eastern jazz artists Omar Al-Musfi & Hi Jazz, as well as with Guitarra Azul. Javier has participated in concerts, master classes, and residencies at the Folk Life Festival for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C, the International Folk Song Festival at the Centre of the Performing Arts in Beijing (China), and at the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts in NY. Javier performed and toured for several years with Sones de México Ensemble, which was nominated for the Latin Grammy in two occasions.