Ivan is a local musician with global experience. Born and raised in Washington, DC to Salvadoran parents, Ivan started his musical journey at the age of thirteen, first learning the saxophone and then switching to percussion both under the guidance of his mentor, Alfredo Mojica, Sr., a teacher at Bell Multicultural High School in DC.
During his nearly 30 year career, Ivan has played with Grammy Award Winners and Nominees: Nestor Torres, Dave Valentín, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Luis Enrique, Andy Montañez, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Mario Bauzá, Ray Barretto, and Grammy nominees Frankie Negrón, José Alberto "El Canario", Manny Manuel, Joe Bataan, Frankie Vasquez, and Alfredo de la Fé. He has also played with internationally acclaimed local artists Ron Holloway, Jon Faddis, David Yarborough, Marshall Keys, Imani, Pepe Gonzalez, Alfredo Mojica Jr., Mark Prince, Lucini Brothers, and Marcus Johnson.
He has also accompanied the Miami Ballet, the Washington Ballet, and is often called upon to play with the In Series, Gala Theater, and Spoken Resistance. He has performanced at the Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, the White House, and various Smithsonian Museum events. Internationally, Ivan has played at the Sydney Opera House, and has toured throughout the Americas and the Caribbean Islands.
Ivan received a B.A. in History with a Minor in Music Performance from Howard University, studied under Musical Director, Calvin Jones, at the University of District of Columbia and trained at the New School of Music in New York where he studied under Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria. He also trained at Boys Harbor Conservatory NYC where he studied with Johnny Almendra, Jose Madera, Victor Rendón, and George Delgado.
Special recognition to percussion mentors include:
Eduardo "Bacho" Africano, Alfredo Mojica Jr., José Lopez and Rene Ibañez.