14 times Grammy Award Winner, Karl Perazzo, along with PMO, he is the current line up for the Carlos Santana Band, has played with Cal Tjader, Malo, Ray Obiedo, Prince and Andy Narell by the time he was 12. His life-long dream was realized in 1991 when he joined Santana to play Timbales. Perazzo has also performed and recorded with Mariah Carey, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Phish, The United Nations Orchestra and John Lee Hooker among many other international Celebrities. In addition to performing and recording, Perazzo teaches percussion. Along with Santana conguero and LP endorser Raul Rekow, Perazzo starred in LP's popular instructional video From Afro-Cuban to Rock, which breaks down the complex musical rhythms of Cuban percussion.
Born in Peru Braulio Barrera started playing Peruvian folkloric music at age 5 on the Cajon, claves, bell Congas and Bongos… Once mastering the streets of Peru, he moved to L.A. to play with Chino Espinoza, Tabaco Eron, among many others in the Salsa scene. He’s been on endless recording playing percussion and as lead vocals.
Currently, Braulio plays with Pacific Mambo Orchestra and Montuno Swing weekly. You can hear Braulios percussion and Lead Vocals on a brand New Track by Montuno Swing written and Produced by Christian Tumalan: Renta de Tula.
OMAR LEDEZMA JR.
Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Grammy winning Singer and Percussionist Omar Ledezma Jr. has been playing professionally since the age of 17. In 1995, Ledezma graduated from one of the most prestigious Law Schools in Caracas but in 1998 Omar packed one bag and one drum to begin his move to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. After graduating in 2005 he moved to the Bay Area, where today he teaches at the Community Music Center. Omar has played, recorded and toured with local and international artists and founded a group dedicated to the wooden box percussion instrument, the Ka-Hon Ensemble, one of the biggest stars of the Adventures In Music program of the San Francisco Symphony. In 2014, he won a Grammy with worldwide-acclaimed Pacific Mambo Orchestra. Omar is also a music accompanist for the San Francisco Ballet Dance In Schools and Communities (DISC) education program and is an exclusive artist with Pearl Percussion, Pinchclip, ELH Cowbells, Remo heads, Kandu Cajons, Vater and Soultone Cymbals.
Cabanillas is one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most respected and busiest congueros, but he still looks for new ways to express his love of percussion." - full featured article in DRUM! Magazine
Cabanillas is most recognized for his recording and touring work as conguero in the GRAMMY® Award-Winning for Best Latin Tropical Album of the year, Pacific Mambo Orchestra. In addition, his versatility, dedication and passion has allowed him to tour, record and share the stage with John Faddis, Dafnis Prieto, Sheila E., Arturo Sandoval, Alex Acuña, Frankie Negrón, Karl Perazzo (Carlos Santana), Brian Jordan (Lauryn Hill), Ray Obiedo (Herbie Hancock), Adrian Terrazas-Gonzales (The Mars Volta), Tommy Igoe, Tom E. Politzer (Tower of Power), Jerry Gonzalez (Fort Apache Band), Calixto Oviedo (NG La Banda), Louie Romero (Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz), Jesus Florido (Whitney Houston), and many more.