Riobamba of Pajaritos spins contemporary global dance music.

Riobamba is a DJ, event-maker, and community organizer exploring the potential of global dance music. She got her start in Boston as half of the DJ duo Pajaritos, where she co-founded the transnational bass party Picó Picante, voted Best Dance Night by readers of Dig Boston two years in a row. She believes that music can both reinforce cultural identity and blur traditional boundaries, and as an organizer and event producer works to collaborate with forward-thinking artists to create safe, inclusive spaces.

Inspired by her hybrid Ecuadorian-Lithuanian roots, worldwide digital dialogue and bodega soundtracks, she’s brought her dynamic mix of transnational beats, Andean folk culture, Caribbean riddims and regional party anthems to crowds in the US, Mexico, and Colombia. Recently, she’s relocated to Bogotá, Colombia to immerse herself in research funded by the Fulbright-mtvU program, investigating instances of new levels of artistic agency and self-representation for musicians powered by low-barrier, democratized access to digital music production tools and distribution networks. Riobamba has played with innovators Bomba Estéreo, Mexican Institute of Sound, Bobbito Garcia, Ana Tijoux, Ali Gua Gua of the Kumbia Queers, Cero39, El Freaky Colectivo, Que Bajo?!, La MiniTK del Miedo and Poirier, and has been featured on Sounds and Colours, Remezcla and The Boston Globe.

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Photo Clandestino.


Generously supported by MFA Associates/MFA Senior Associates.