Band member of Surcari
Edilio Bermudez, a native from Venezuela, is an accomplished violinist, bassist, composer, arranger, and music teacher. Edilio started playing the violin at the age of 12 with the Youth Symphonic Orchestra of his hometown. Three years later, he was awarded a scholarship to study in several conservatories in Paris, France, where he spent five years mastering the violin. While in Paris, Edilio taught himself to play the bass guitar, utilizing some of the practice techniques he used with the violin. Shortly after, he started playing bass professionally in the Latin music scene in Paris.
Back in Venezuela, Edilio played with master saxophonist, Santiago Baquedano, and was introduced to jazz. He went to Berklee College of Music in Boston to pursue a diploma in jazz performance. While in Boston, he continued playing jazz and Latin music, sharing the stage with world-renowned percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo and Berklee professor and vibraphone player Victor Mendoza.
Mr. Bermudez has recorded with well renowned drummer Bob Moses and pianist Danilo Perez. In addition, he has backed up many salsa singers, including Marvin Santiago, Giro, Vitty Ruiz, Lalo Rodriguez, and many more. While living in Miami, FL, he toured with Julio Iglesias, Juan Gabriel, José Luis Rodríguez, Celia Cruz, Nelson Pinedo, Rey Ruiz, Danny Lozada (ex-vocalist of Charanga Habanera), and Nestor Torres, among others.
Edilio is the newest member of Surcari, having joined the band in 2018. Surcari is an award-winning performance group originally from Chile, Venezuela and Puerto Rico under the musical direction of guitarist Lorena Garay. Surcari's self-titled album, Surcari, won third place for Best South and Central American Album at the 2009 Just Plain Folks Independent Music Awards. Last year, Surcari received the Arts For Learning Connecticut's 2018 Performing Artist of the Year Award.
The members of Surcari are Arts for Learning Connecticut artists who give multicultural performances throughout the region.