Emilia Moscoso Borja
Ecuadorian multi-percussionist, composer, arranger, and arts educator
Strongly influenced by Latin American culture, she has played in numerous ensembles fusing traditional music from Latin America and world music with new music and jazz, including Atemporal (USA), the CalArts Salsa Band, CalArts Brazilian Drumming Ensemble, Trio Acústico de las Americas (Brazil), Tambora (Brazil), Afro-Uruguayan Comparsa Medio Mundo (Uruguay), Orquestra de Berimbaus Paraguassu (Brazil), the traditional Colombian group Cambamberos, and the Young Symphonic Band of São Paulo. She has also performed in several multidisciplinary projects including: The Lost Tribes, a Theatre Dybbuk production in Los Angeles under the direction of Aaron Henne and Michael Skloff, O Senhor das Moscas theater production with the direction of Zé Henrique de Paula and music director Fernanda Maia (São Paulo, Brazil), and the Cabaré Insólito circus project organized by Condomínio Cultural Vila Anglo (São Paulo, Brazil).
Emilia has broad and deep training in world percussion, classical and contemporary music performance, and composition. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP, Brazil) and a Master of Fine Arts degree in World Percussion from the California Institute of the Arts, where she had the opportunity to study with renowned musicians such as Alex Shaw, Carlos Stasi, David Roitstein, Eduardo Gianesella, Houman Pourmehdi, Joey De Leon, Miroslav Tadic, Paul Novros, Randy Gloss, and Swapan Chaudhuri. Throughout her career, she has made it a priority to educate, expand and develop the audience for Latin American music, most recently helping produce numerous concerts and events, including the CalArts World Music and Dance Festivals 2018 and 2019 and CalArts LatinFest 2018 and 2019.
Besides being an active performer, recording artist, and composer, she has taught at a number of educational programs in Ecuador, Brazil, and Los Angeles, including Projeto Guri Santa Marcelina da Cultura (São Paulo) and the CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP, Los Angeles).