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Alonso Gonzalez

Colombian Artist Alonso Gonzalez started playing percussion at the age of 11 when he and couple of school friends set up a band, Energia Latina in Cartagena, Colombia. His love for Latin rhythms continued and he took classes from the prominent musicians in Cartagena, including members of the Pinto family.

He made his professional debut at the age of 13, playing with established musicians at La Piragua. His 'schoolboy' band went on to play at concerts featuring Latin American artists such as Jerry Rivera, Gilberto Santa Rosa and other well-known Colombian bands in Cartagena.

He started playing with the Manhattan sextet in 1998. The group travelled throughout Colombia and were the backing band for Julio Cesar “El Cubano” at the leading salsa club in Cartagena.

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Primary Instrument

Percussion

Location

Bogota

Credentials/Background

Experiencia Educacional: -Sri Cempaka International School Kuala Lumpur Malasia Enero – Diciembre 2005 Profesor de Performance Arts y Percusion -University of Information and Technology Mara Academic years 2005 y 2006 Profesor de Musica Moderna e Introduccion a la percusion Afrolatina -Havana Studio Kuala Lumpur Malasia 2004 - 2005 Director Musical -Clases Privadas 2001 - 2006 Conga y timbales a percusionistas Asiaticos

Clinic/Workshop Information

Workshops: -Clinicas de percusion LP e instrumentos electronicos Roland Bentley Music Kuala Lumpur Malasia 2002 - 2003 -Yamaha Workshop (Congas) Kuala Lumpur Malasia 2003 Conferencias: -Latin Percussion Workshop with Steve Thornton Hua Hin Jazz Festival Thailandia 2005 -Malaysian Music Education Conference Kuala Lumpur 4-6 Agosto 2003 -Chimes International Jazz Festival Conference Singapur Octubre 2002 y 2004

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