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About Us

Mundo Rio plays the sounds of Brazilian Bossa Nova and Samba, as well as a variety of other South American and Afro-Cuban music. Each musician brings a wealth of musical experience and love of this music to the group. Here are our bios.

Sebastian Link - Guitar and Vocals

Sebastian Link was born to Argentine parents and spent the first 17 years of life in Southern California before moving to live in Argentina for the next 15 years There he played professionally teaching and touring within Argentina and Brazil until he arrived here in Northern California to continue his musical career.
Primarily a guitarist, he is also an accomplished vocalist and bass player, and enjoys playing a wide genre of musical styles. Sebastian has played with many different bands in many different styles. He

also is a recording engineer, and has a recording studio at his house in Santa Rosa.

Hal Forman - Trumpet/Flugelhorn

Hal Forman has been playing the trumpet for over 50 years, having begun studying at age 10.  Although he is classically trained, his leanings from an early age were in the direction of jazz and popular music, having grown up with a father with a great passion for jazz, and a huge collection of jazz records.  He has performed in a wide range of styles over the years, from rock to straight-ahead jazz to Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz to the avant-garde.  He has performed with a diversity of artists, ranging from the Temptations to Cecil Taylor.  He currently performs with several Sonoma County groups, including a Salsa band, a Jazz quintet and a Brazilian trio. In addition to his music, Hal lives with his wife in Sebastopol, CA.

Eric Engstrom - Drums and Percussion

Eric is a long time player in the San Francisco Bay area music scene on drums and percussion.   He has played with a wide variety of bands in the area, including the Carlos Herrera Band, Z & the Benders, Dan Hick Bayside Jazz, La Ventana and Key Lime Pie.    Eric is a Berklee College of Music alumni and has played in the orchestra for touring Broadway show productions.  He also has played drums and percussion for a diverse range of headliners including Bob Hope, the 5th Dimension, Joan Rivers, Don Rickles, the Smothers Brothers, Johnny Desmond and the Ink Spots.    Eric is a endorser of Silverfox Drumsticks and Soultone Cymbals. 

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