I was born in Santurce Puerto Rico and grew up in the coastal town of Cataño, across San Juan Bay. My childhood memories are populated with spontaneous street gatherings, of the African base, Plena music and dance in the streets of my hometown. Across the Bay the town of Loiza was and still is the portal in to the Bomba African base music and dance. Salsa music was a part of my everyday life whether on the radio, on sound systems or at live performances in public squares. In my early teens I learned the basic rhythm of tumbao from my Uncle William. And through the years I have taught myself variations of this rhythm and many others that audiences enjoy on the dance floor. Later in New York where I came to art school at SUNY New Paltz (MFA) I had the opportunity to study Afro-Cuban folkloric music under master percussionist Nahdyr Velez.
Currently, I am a member of two other bands in Kingston NY, “Future 350 Nu Bossa” and “Sabor” Latin Jazz Trio.
Circus Of Wolves is a beautiful high energy musical project. It provides me with a great opportunity to use and adapt some of the Latin rhythms I so much enjoy.