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Quique Cruz is a Chilean-born musician, composer, and writer who has created, performed, taught, and recorded Latin American music for more than 30 years. In addition, he has created, participated, and consulted in multimedia productions involving theater, dance and visual arts. Cruz has recorded with and joined onstage such notable musicians as Jackson Browne, Mimi Fariña, Pete Seeger, Jorge Strunz, and Sting, among others.
He published Memories of an Ex-Chess Player, a book about his experiences as a political exile. He is currently the leader of the Latino fusionjazz ensamble: Quijerema. He will be scoring the documentary The Road to Chulumani, directed by Rick Tejada Flores. His next film project is a documentary about the legendary Afro-Venezuelan singer Maria Rodriguez.
Cruz has a degree in History from the University of California at Berkeley; earned a Masterís degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, and is presently a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford in Modern Thought and Literature. His web site is http://www.quiquecruz.com.