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Kórima is a newly formed group of eclectic and world class latin, brazilian, and Los Angeles based session musicians with musical roots surrounding the globe from Cuba, Africa, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and Europe. Collectively, these musicians are at the top of their game in the field of music. They can be found around the globe on a regular basis performing at recording sessions for film, TV, and for the record industry’s top performers, as well as within concert halls.

The group was formed by Germaine Franco, Luis Conte, and Federico Ramos this year.  Franco was invited to perform as a headliner to celebrate Latin Music in film and television at Universal Studios. Due to the incredibly positive response from the music and entertainment executives, the band has decided to continue to perform and record regularly.

Just days after their first performance, the group was selected by Twentieth Century Fox and Rovio to perform the new “Angry Birds Rio Samba” for Rovio’s new Angry Birds Rio game.  The game features the animated stars of the studio’s upcoming motion picture, RIO.  Additionally, for the first time ever on the Android platform, fans of Angry Birds games will have the opportunity to purchase the Angry Birds Rio Samba via iTunes.   The theme song was produced by Germaine Franco, performed by Kórima, arranged by Franco and John Ashton Thomas, and mixed by Brad Haehnel.


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Meet the Members

  • Germaine Franco

    marimba, vibes, latin percussion

    Germaine Franco, is an active and accomplished musician, film composer, and orchestrator, working within Hollywood’s mainstream and independent filmmaking communities for over 15 years. Franco has contributed scores to feature films, documentaries, shorts, and television, including Tanto Tiempo (scored on the Fox scoring stage with veteran mixer Armin Steiner) and Breaking Pan with Sol for Universal’s Hispanic Film Project, 3 Americas, Visions of Aztlan, and A Crushing Love.   She contributed opening titles music for the Fox Television Special, Paul Rodriguez: Crossing Gang Lines.

    She has worked with renowned composer John Powell on over 25 studio motion pictures including Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Robots, Mr. & Mrs. SmithHorton Hears A Who, The Bourne Trilogy, among others. She wrote additional music for Happy Feet and created the original Spanish translation of My Way sung by Robin Williams.  She contributed orchestrations for Knight and Day, Fair GameKung Fu Panda, Hancock, Bolt, How To Train Your Dragon and the upcoming Rio and Mars Needs Moms. She performed and/or programmed percussion on The Italian Job, Paycheck, Kung Fu Panda, and How To Train Your Dragon. Last year, she worked as a midi programmer for Randy Newman on Toy Story 3. Currently, she is creating original Spanish translations for four songs in Rio.

    She holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music from Rice University. Franco has performed extensively worldwide, including notable European performances with The Spoleto Festival Orchestra, The World Orchestra, The Vienna Boys Choir, The Harlem Boys Choir, and The Belgian Radio Orchestra for the World Soundtrack Awards. She was a Latin Jazz headliner at the Festival Internacional de La Raza at Centro Cultural in Tijuana and the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California.  She has performed for the Getty Museum’s Music of Old Worlds and New Concert series at the Getty Villa.  This month, she performed for Universal’s First Latin Music Showcase, sponsored by the Women’s Network and the GE Hispanic Forum.

  • Barry Coates


    Barry Coates’ professional career began at age 17, when he was asked to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival with an all-star big band conducted by Oliver Nelson. From the late 1970’s to the present, Barry has been involved in LA’s entertainment industry as a performer and recording guitarist with artists such as the Pointer Sisters, Willie Bobo, John Klemmer, Moacir Santos, Auracle, John Serry, and Kitaro. His original compositions have been featured on many TV soundtracks, as well as the feature films Fatal Attraction and Dead Bang. His collaboration with bassist Jimmy Haslip of the Yellowjackets has produced an impressive selection of original compositions that can be heard on Barry’s CD The Spirit Within as well as the Yellowjackets’ CD The Spin, Luis Conte’s CD Black Forest, and Union Station’s CD Junction.

  • Doug Petty


    A classically-trained pianist, Doug Petty graduated from the Eastman School of Music where he studied piano performance, orchestration and arranging.  He has recorded and performed with many of today’s biggest artists including Rihanna, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Enrique Iglesias and the Backstreet Boys.   An in-demand session player he has also been featured on the soundtracks of many top movies including Horton Hears A Who, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Happy Feet, Hancock, Two Weeks Notice, and and the upcoming, Mars Needs Moms.  Doug has produced records for numerous artists including Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin and Tony Award winning artist Audra MacDonald.  He is currently the keyboard player for the group Tears For Fears as well as the musical director for American Idol star Katharine McPhee.


  • Rene Camacho is an Acoustic and Electric Bassist living in Los Angeles.  Originally from Tucson, AZ, he received a Degree in Jazz Studies and Composition from The University of Arizona. Upon arrival in LA in 1996, he began working with many Latin artists, most notably, a five-year stint with Celia Cruz, as well as appearances with artists such as Tito Puente and Poncho Sanchez. Branching out into different genres such as Jazz, Soul, R&B, Country, as well as Rock has enabled him to record and tour with a wide range of artists including Sergio Mendes, Ry Cooder, Kevin Eubanks, Oscar Castro Neves, Angelique Kidjo, Linda Ronstadt, Carol Welsman, Raul Malo (The Mavericks), Rickie Lee Jones, Juan Gabriel, The Fifth Dimension, The Pointer Sisters and Rebeca Mauleón. Rene continues to tour with Draco Rosa, Kevin Eubanks, Canadian Pianist Carol Welsman and other international artists.  Rene performed bass on the soundtrack to “Rio”


  • Aaron Serfaty

    drums, percussion

    Aaron Serfaty – drummer, was born in Caracas, Venezuela.  Aaron has been playing professionally for 20 years. From 1980–1990 he was the first call session drummer in Venezuela. He moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to study jazz, African and Indian music at California Institute of the Arts. While in Los Angeles, Aaron has performed, recorded and/or toured with Sergio Mendes, Dori Caymmi, Rique Pantoja, Teka, Oscar Castro-Neves, Denise Donatelli, Kristin Korb, Kathleen Grace, Bill Cunliffe, Shelly Berg, Justo Almario, and Jon Anderson and Arturo Sandoval.

    Aaron is also a well-known music educator. He co-wrote “Afro-Brazilian/Afro-Cuban Rhythm for Drumset”.  He is a member of the faculty at University of Southern California, the California Institute of the Arts, as well as the Los Angeles Music Academy, specializing in Brazilian and Afro-Cuban drumming.

  • Marco Dos Santos aka “Gibi”

    latin percussion

    Gibi was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and began playing capoeira at the young age of seven. His discipline lead to other expressions of dance in the form of Afro-Brazilian styles and folkloric performances. Gibi was a lead member of the renowned Brazilian dance company “Bahia Axe Bahia”. He also was one of the original members of the very successful Brazilian group “Timbalada” in 1989. Gibi has performed with many folkloric groups in Bahia and the United States performing capoeira and percussion, Gibi relocated to the United States in 1998 and has been successfully teaching, performing, and demonstrating his elite skills as percussionist in his own right. He is currently working on many different projects with his music all around the country. Gibi performs, tours, and records regularly with Sergio Mendes, Airto Moreira, Afro Brazil, and Vivir Brazil Dance and has also lent his authentic sound to the Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West, and Enrique Iglesias.  Gibi was a featured soloist with Carlinhos Brown on “Rio”


  • Federico Ramos


    Federico Ramos is a leading studio guitarist and live performer based in Los Angeles.  Although Federico began his music studies in Montevideo, Uruguay, he traces his ancestral and musical roots to the Southern Coast of Spain, where he was involved with flamenco music.  He studied guitar formally at the Real Conservatorio of Madrid, Berklee College of Music in Boston, the Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Angeles (MI), and the California Institute of the Arts. He further trained with Jazz guitarists Joe Pass, Pat Martino, Joe Diorio and Ron Eschete, and studied orchestration with Brazilian Maestro Moacir Santos. Performance and touring highlights in the US include Eternal Wind (co-founder), Jon Anderson (YES), Jackson Browne, Lionel Ritchie, Jon Hassell, Mark Isham, Norman Connors, Charlie Haden, Ahmed Abdul Malik, Scarlet Rivera, Cecil McBee, Billy Childs, Freddie Hubbard, James Newton and countless other renowned artists the world abroad. As a session player, Federico has worked with composers Hans Zimmer (The Road to El Dorado), Danny Elfman (Proof of Life, Nacho Libre), James Horner (The Legend of Zorro), and John Powell (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Knight and Day).


  • Pedro Eustache

    world woodwinds

    Venezuelan-born Pedro Eustache is an internationally acclaimed solo flautist/ “World-Music” woodwinds-reeds-synthesist-composer. His unique and richly eclectic musical language is the result of years of both formal studies and professional experience in the classical European, Jazz, World-Music, Popular, and Computer/Electronic musical art forms. The only Latin-American disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pedro has been the featured world-winds instrumentalist in film soundtracks such as The Passion of Christ, Munich, King Kong, The Interpreter, The Village, Syriana, and more recently, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Ice Age: The Meltdown, and Rio. He has performed, recorded and/or toured with Sir Paul McCartney, Yanni, Shakira, Don Henley, flute virtuoso James Newton and Latin luminaries Alex Acuña, Edward James Olmos, Cachao Lopez, Gloria Estefan, Paquito D’Rivera, José Feliciano, Juan Luis Guerra and Sheila E, among others. Pedro has a collection of around 500 instruments from all over the world.


  • Luis Conte

    latin percussion

    Grammy Award winner Luis Conte’s genius stems from his ability to integrate the powerful rhythms of his native Cuba with American pop music. His long and varied career has included work on numerous Hollywood film scores including The Italian Job, Hancock, as well as mega-successful albums with Sergio Mendes, Cachao, Madonna, Ray Charles, Phil Collins, Santana, Shakira, Jackson Browne, and a multitude of other artists.

    His music draws inspiration from a deep rhythmic source absorbed during his youth in Cuba combined with rock & roll, R&B soul and jazz influences . Additional peformance/recording highlights include James Taylor, Pat Metheny, Beck, Sade, Herb Albert, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Patrice Rushen, Tony Bennett, Toni Braxton,  Cher,  Goo Goo Dolls,  Eric Clapton,  Celine Dion,  Djavan, Cristina Aguilera, Clare Fischer, Engelbert Humperdinck, Julio Iglesias,  Enrique Iglesias,  Jewel, Tanya Maria, Ricky Martin,  Elton John,  Jack Jones,  Chaka Kahn,  Queen Latifa, Julian Lennon,  Mana,  Marco Antonio Solis,  Arturo Sandoval,  Poncho Sanchez,  Roger Waters,  Steve Winwood,  Barbara Streisand and many more. Luis has become one of the most celebrated, respected and recorded percussionists in the world.  Last month he was inducted into Drum Magazine’s Hall of Fame. His new album, “En Casa de Luis” is now available on BMG Records.

  • Jimmy Branly


    Jimmy Branly was born in Havana, Cuba where he began playing drums at the age of 13 and studied at the Conservatory of Music in Havana Adolfo Guzman and ENA (National School of Art).  His professional career began at the young age of 15 when he met Hernan Lopez-Nussa from the Afro-Cuban jazz septet “Afrocuba.”  Jimmy has enjoyed a dual career as a performer and sound engineer (over 100 credited albums). In Cuba and the U.S., Jimmy has performed with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chucho Valdez, Emiliano Salvador, Carlitos del Puerto, N.G la Banda, Issac Delgado, Cuarto Espacio, Ernan Lopez Nussa quartet, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, Strunz and Farah, Celia Cruz,Tito Nieves, Franky Negron, Sheila E, Jimmy Haslip, Russell Ferrante, Otmaro Ruiz, Abraham Laboriel, Benn Clatworth and many more.