Rene Gonzalez



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Rene Gonzalez has been a multi-percussionist, focusing on Afro-Cuban-Puerto Rican music styles since nine-years of age. Beginning studies on drums with his father at the age of six, Rene studied Rock and Funk. He began an early apprenticeship with noted Puerto Rican percussionist Freddie Moreno on Timbales, Bongos, Tumbadoras, and Latin percussion until the age of 24. He continued these studies with famed percussionist David "La Mole" Ortiz, percussionist/timbalero Tito De Gracia, percussionist Paoli Mejias, percussionist Diego Centeno, and others. In 2004, he met and has studied since with percussionist/bata drummer Victor "Papo" Sterling, becoming an Omoalañá (tambor Añá Ire Guantolokun) in 2010.

Enrolling at the University of Massachusetts' Music Department, Rene studied straight-ahead jazz, big band jazz, and rudimental studies with acclaimed concert percussionist Peter Tanner, and Berklee Drumset teacher, John Ramsay (himself a student of Alan Dawson). Since his undergraduate days, Rene has begun an independent apprenticeship on electric and upright bass, developing his ability on those instruments and performing with numerous groups on both instruments as well.

Rene has recorded timbales, tumbadoras, bongos, drums, and electric bass on numerous records spanning various styles and bands, and performed alongside:

percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo
pianist/composer/producer Jason Miles
ex-Irakere / NG La Banda saxophonist Carlos Averhoff
percussionist Paoli Mejias
folk singer Antonio Caban Vale (El Topo)
Cuban trumpet master Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros
folk singer Roy Brown
folk singer Jose Miguel Class (El Gallito De Manati)
pianist Leo Blanco
Puerto Rican rock figure Tito Auger (Fiel A La Vega)
The Nieves Family (Modesto, Monika, y Cristian Nieves)
salsa singer Ray De La Paz
salsa singer Eddie Temporal
salsa singer Jesus Pagan
drummer Steve Berrios
percussionist Orlando Vega
pianist Zacchai Curtis
double-bassist Luques Curtis
Cuatro player Eligio "Prodigio" Claudio
bassist/singer Heshima Moja
pianist Warren Byrd
multi-instrumentalist Kevin Sharpe
multi instrumentalist Jo Sallins
trumpetist/pianist Jeff Holmes
flamenco dancer Ines Arrubla
vibraphonist/percussionist Damon Grant
drummer John Ramsay
bassist Oscar Stagnaro
drummer / singer David Allan Rivera
folk singer Fernando Ferrer
folk singer Walter Morciglio
trumpetist Carlos DeLeon
folk singer Tao Rodriguez Seeger
saxophonist Fred Tillis
percussionist Victor Sterling
trumpetist Ray Gonzalez
Flamenco guitarist Jose Valle Fajardo "Chuscales"
jazz pianist Eugene Uman
poet Magdalena Gomez
poet Martin Espada


Criollo Clasico (://.criolloclasico)
Los Pleneros De La 21 (.losplenerosdela21)
Cultura Profetica (./culturaprofetica)
Orquesta Komboloko (://./jaykoysukomboloko)
Orquesta Calidad
Gilberto Rivera & Rumbanama
MarKamusic (://.markamusic)
Sabor A Timba (://.saboratimba)
Carlos DeLeon and his Latin-Jazz Group
Viva Quetzal! (://.vivaquetzal)
Brian Bender and The Pageans
Heshima Moja & Ofrecimiento (://./heshimaiam)
Kultura Borikua (://.kulturaborikua)
Jibaro Latin Jazz
AsiTeMueves (://.asitemueves)
Orquesta Espada (://./laorquestaespada)

Screen name:
Rene Gonzalez
Member since:
Mar 21 2011
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week
Most available:


Too many to list, but many artists in the Latin, Jazz, Fusion, Folkloric Afro-Caribbean genres....


Drumset, Congas, Timbales, Bongos, Peruvian Cajon, Electric Bass, Electric Upright Bass.