In March 2020, amid the pandemic, the guitarist and student LOLIVONE (“LOLI”) DE LA ROSA was forced to discontinue her studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
In response, De La Rosa drew inspiration from British Jazz Fusion and Progressive Rock guitarist and composer Allan Holdsworth’s 54 Duncan Terrace (which appear on the classic 1989 album Secrets) and composed Resilient Terrace.
De La Rosa took up the piano at nine and the guitar at thirteen. In 2013, she obtained a full scholarship to study production, composition, and interpretation at the Berklee College of Music. Also, she produced various radio programs that broadcast daily on the Berklee Radio Network (BIRN).
De La Rosa studied under Mick Goodrick, Peter Bernstein, George Garzone, Tim Miller, Kenny Werner, Garry Willis, and Fernando Mattina. And attended masterclasses with Wayne Shorter, Joe Lovano, and John Patitucci. She has shared the stage, recorded, and produced music videos with Armando Manzanero, Pedro Capó, and Terri Lyne Carrington.
On September 18, 2021, De La Rosa, accompanied by pianist Angel David Mattos, bassist Egui Sierra, and drummer Raul Maldonado, released Resilient Terrace.
I “discovered” De La Rosa and several emerging artists when I wrote the piece, Anatomy of a Tune: The Boranda Challenge, which features videos that capture emerging artists interpreting Pappo Lucca and La Sonora Poncena’s legendary scat on the tune, Boranda. Of the many videos I viewed, I chose three exceptional ones: De LaRosa, the multi-instrumentalist Jailene Michelle, and the trombonist Angel Subero.
From what I’ve seen (and heard) thus far, De La Rosa has a penchant for modern jazz. Still, her artistry transcends conventional categories, and her talent and vision are boundless.
In addition to her musical credentials, De La Rosa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (Cum Laude).