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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.

Morales performed as a percussionist with the Panamá Symphonic Orchestra for 10 years. He has recorded on countless occasions with the Cuban Radio Television Service and with the Symphonic Orchestras of Cuba and Panamá. He has toured extensively around the world, having traveled in music engagements through Austria, Hungary, Canada, Brazil, México, Guatemala, El Salvador, Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the USA. Latin Percussion (LP) and Paiste have endorsed him.

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Primary Instrument

Drums

Location

San Juan

Willing to teach

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Credentials/Background

Fidel 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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Albums

Album Omío by Fidel Morales

Omío

Omío Music World
2016

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Album Salsa Son Timba by Fidel Morales

Salsa Son Timba

Universal Music Latino
2010

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