Congratulations to ICMP alumnus YEYO for winning a prestigious grant from the Bogota Arts Institute (IDARTES).

The support is given as part of the city’s programme of promotion of its art with YEYO’s DOS one of two awarded proposals for the "Circulation grant for new musical projects". 

As part of the grant, YEYO will give a special live performance at the Villa Mayor Theatre on 31st August, a prestigious venue in Bogota with a capacity for 270 people.

The grant’s jury said:

"DOS was considered by the jury’s members as a notably creative project with a high level of performance. Also, they considered it meticulous and innovative in regards to its ensemble and arrangements. All these qualities were evident at the live presentation and in the studio material."

YEYO said:

I’m really proud to be recipient of the award since this is my own project where I compose, arrange, do the musical direction and production."  

“From the beginning, DOS has been an ideal place for me to develop, express and share my own voice, enhance my creativity and put into practice ideas about music. Therefore, this award represents for me confirmation that I’m following an exciting path and a boost to keep on doing it. Besides, this gives me the happiness of sharing my music with broader audiences, and they will be given the opportunity to enjoy it in the same way as I’m doing it, while performing and creating!" 

Who is YEYO?

Sergio Rodríguez Vitta (YEYO), an ICMP alumnus, is a Spanish/Colombian drummer, composer, arranger, producer and musical director who has toured and recorded in Colombia, Mexico, The Netherlands and UK.

As a member of collectives and/or as session musician, he has performed with various artists as La Severa Matacera, Sergent Garcia, Mr. Symarip and The Question among others.

Currently, besides leading his own DOS musical project where he composes and produces, he works as a live drummer for different acts and as a remote session drummer for a variety of singer songwriters and producers worldwide.

Read his blog on how to be a remote drummer

Visit yeyodrummer.com to find out more. 

Listen to 'Súper' by DOS: 

Look out for new music to be released in October recorded with Ralph Salmins at his own studio The Bunker as part of YEYO’s residency with Ralph and at ICMP earlier in the year, funded by IDARTES’ Residencies Programme. Listen to a snippet from the forthcoming release. 

Photo: YEYO performing with saxophone player Juan Felipe Pinzón

​Photo credit: Isania Fonseca

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