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* January 24, 1980
Costa Rica
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biography Kin Rivera Jr.

Kin Rivera Jr. was born in San Jose, Costa Rica. He was influenced by his father who is also a professional drummer. Kin developed the same interest and passion by watching him study and rehearse as he was growing up. Kin studied classical percussion at the University of Costa Rica and the Juvenile Symphonic Orchestra.

He is currently known as one of the most influential drummers in Central America for his power, technique and finesse. Kin is also recognized for his great versatility in different music genres such as: rock, pop, soul, jazz, fusion, R&B, latin and others. His talent and hard work have led him to acquire endorsements from prestigious brands like SABIAN (cymbals) and VIC FIRTH (drumsticks).

Kin works as a studio and live musician as well. He has performed with the best artists in Costa Rica and for recognized international artists such as Andy Summers (The Police), Fareed Haque, Jean Michael Byron (Toto), Nito Mestre (Sui Generis), Rachelle Jeanty (Celine Dion).

He has recorded more than 24 albums, 15 jingles and many singles throughout his career. With the album "Solo Paz" by Porpartes, Kin was nominated to a Latin Grammy in 2007. Also, the album "Para quien quiera que seas, donde quiera que estes" by Escats, was awarded with a gold record from Sony BMG in 2008. Escats live DVD concert called "Para que estes... en el concierto" is also reaching a gold record status.

His first soloist DVD called, “Más Allá”, recently came out in the market. It contains songs performed by him including songs with the use of electronic pads for alternate melodies, solos and lessons. Kin is also finishing the second studio album with Escats, that will be in the market in the middle of this 2010.

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