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Fidel Morales

Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: October 20, 1961    

Fidel Morales is a Cuban Drummer, General Percussionist, Composer, Arranger, Musical Director and Author.Morales began his formal music education at the age of 12, having previously studied music reading and theory with the great Cuban clarinetist Amado Valdés. He graduated in 1981 from the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory, at Havana, Cuba, with a degree as instrumentalist and percussion professor.

Drummer and Percussionist: As a drummer, he has played with musicians such as Danilo Pérez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Giovanni Hidalgo, Nicolás Reynoso, Eddie Gómez, John Faddis, Mark Kramer, Mike Orta, Gary Campbell, Gary Keller, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Eddie “Guagua” Rivera, Carlos Garnett, Charlie Sepúlveda, and the Hologram Quartet, among others. He has also accompanied soloists such as Omara Portuondo, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Elena Burke, Malena, Celeste Mendoza, Bárbara Wilson, Roberto Roena, Albita, Martha Serra Lima, Basilio, Chichi Peralta, and Noriko....
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Awards

• Golden Owl Award for Best International Show (Panama 1992, 1993). • EGREM Nomination, CD “Tremenda Expresividad” (1994). • Grammy Nomination, CD “Bajando Gervasio” by Amadito Valdés (2004). • Reviews by specialized press: Latin Beat Magazine (1994, 1997, 2003, 2005); Down Beat Magazine (2004); and the Chicago Tribune (2005). • UNEAC Member • Percussive Arts Society (P.A.S.) Member.
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    2010
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Primary InstrumentDrums

LocationSan Juan, PR

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundFidel has worked as an Assistant Professor of Percussion in Panama’s National Conservatory. He has dictated Drums Clinics in Europe, Panama, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Chile, and United States, for students from Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Drummers Collective, University of Miami and University of Puerto Rico. At present is professor of Drum Set for the Jazz and Afro Caribbean Music Department at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, private teacher, active clinician, and author of the book “Técnicas afrocubanas para bateristas y percusionistas” (Afro-Cuban Techniques for Drum Set and Percussion). For more information, call (787) 607-6269.

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