Efrain Toro

Efrain Toro is recognized as one of the finest and most complete all round percussionists in the world. Efrain began his musical career in his native Puerto Rico. Although he started on the drum kit, he very soon began to work with timbales, congas, and a wide variety of other instruments.

At the age of 21 Efrain moved to Boston to attend New England Conservatory. Here he studied drum set with much acclaimed drummer Alan Dawson. Efrain relocated to Los Angeles in 1979.

Working extensively in Spain from 1996, Efrain has recorded and performed with some of the top names in Spain: from Pop (Rosana, Pedro Guerra, Ismael Serrano, Ketama) and Jazz (Guillermo MacGill, Chano Domingues, Javier Colina, Tino Di Geraldo, Pedro Rui Blas) to Flamenco (Eva La Yerbabuena, El Pele, Juan Carlos Romero in La Bienal Del Flamenco in Seville).

A versatile performer, Efrain plays every style from rock & roll to classical. He has played on many film and television scores, commercial jingles, as well as performing and recording with such diverse artists as Stan Getz, George Benson, Los Lobos, Chicago, Kiss, Placido Domingo, John Klemmer and many others.

Efrain has taught at MI's Percussion Institute for over 16 years. Having worked for 6 years as a clinician, product specialist and designer for the Roland Corporation, Efrain is considered an expert in MIDI technology. He has also taught at the California Institute of the Arts and at UCLA Extension Department.

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