Friday, May 15, 2015

Melena & Her Afro-Cuban Jazz Band in CA

Melena & Her Afro-Cuban Jazz Band live @ Steamers (138 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, California), tomorrow, May 16th.
Featuring: Dermin Silfontes, Eddie Resto, Aderson Quintero, Serafin Aguillar & Javier Vergara
ALL AGES! CALL 714-871-8800 RSVP-only $10

Melena Francis Valdes is a world-class percussionist, performer and educator of Afro-Cuban Music History and Percussion. She has toured, performed and recorded with legendary artists such as Barry White, Stevie Wonder, Macy Gray, Julio Iglesias, Chucho Valdes & Irakere, Chayanne, John Tesh, Eva Ayllone, Peru Negro, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ray De La Paz, Mario Ortiz Jr., Chino Nunez and more. Melena teaches all levels of percussion, and has experience with special needs students as well.

She has conducted Master Classes nationally and internationally such as: Montreal Drum Festival, Puerto Rico Music Conservatory, Percussion Gallery (Ponce, P.R.), Los Angeles Music Academy, Brownsville University, Remo Drum Center, Braille Institute, Boys and Girls Club, and more. She has specialized her studies in the Afro-Cuban tradition, and has taught her students the importance of the history and knowledge of Afro-Cuban drumming. Melena performs with her Afro-Cuban Jazz and Salsa band worldwide and is one of the most accomplished female percussionists in the Latin Music scene.

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