ABOUT

Rhythm is in my soul! I'm a self-taught, freelance percussionist having played percussion (LIVE and Studio) with several groups over the last 20+ years. Currently working on a couple of Latin/Jazz projects with Guitarist Hector "Tito" Rivera, freelancing with New Haven, CT Saxophonist, Nelson Garcia, and occasionally sit in with Jazz Pianist, Josh Peters. Depending on my availability, I'm open for gigging opportunities to accompany artists/group on short-term projects as a percussionist - hit me up for details!

Started out playing the trumpet for 3 years before getting drawn to the beat of the Conga drum during my teen years! Grew up listening to LIVE Latin NYC-based bands (Mambo/Salsa, Latin Jazz, Cha Cha, Merengue, Bolero, etc). I also enjoy many genres of music besides what I've listed (Motown, Funk, Classic Rock, & Gospel) and it keeps growing.

Screen name:
Luis_R
Member since:
Nov 28 2009
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
25
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Artists: Jerry Gonzalez, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Poncho Sanchez, Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto, etc.

Music: NYC sound of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Manny Oquendo, Cal TJader, FANIA All Stars, & Mongo Santamaria (Salsa Classics) - lots of horns, conga/timbale solos, jazzy & instrumental at times (but always with clave!). Also, influenced by Santana, Tower of Power, EW&F, Sade, and most recent artists - Alicia Keys & Juan Luis Guerra.

Instrument experience:

Other Percussion:
Advanced

EQUIPMENT

4 LP Congas, LP Bongos, LP Mini-timbales, Cajon, Guiro, Shakers, Cowbells, TreeWorks Chimes, Tambourines, etc. Audio Equip.: Four Audix D2 mics, One AE 5100 Condenser Mic, Mic stands, Yamaha MG10/2 Mixer, and an Audio Technica M3 In-Ear Monitor. Also, running Logic Studio Audio software (Ver. 10.4.0) on a MacBook Pro.

MUSIC

CALENDAR

Past Events

RVP Studios, West Haven, CT

Friday Night with Importados - 12 East Main.St.

Mortensen RiverFront Plaza. We'll be on between 5 - 6 PM.

Wedding

Fundraiser for August 3rd Jerk Festival event

Birthday Event - Prospect, CT

Performing "dance music" with Kera & Ray & Band at Casa Mia... so get your dancing shoes on - the party starts @ 8 PM til midnight!!

I'll be on congas performing with the Nelson Garcia Project at the Hartford Jazz Festival located at Bushnell Park, Hartford. We'll be opening up the show on Friday, July 14th @ 7 PM. Hope to see you there!!!

Performing LIVE on WPKN.org (89.5 FM) with The Importados on Sunday, Sept.11 @ 2 PM
To listen to the show, follow these steps:
1) Go to www.wpkn.org
2) Click on "Listen Now"
3) Listen with an application (iTunes, etc.)
4) Select bandwidth speed (high, medium, or low)
5) Open with iTunes