Raúl Maldonado, Drummer/Composer and two times Latin Grammy nominee has been a fervent researcher of Jazz and Latin roots rhythms. He studied at Universidad Interamericana in Puerto Rico and Drummers Collective in New York with Kim Plainfield and Michael Laurence. In Puerto Rico he has studied from Anthony Carrillo, Giovanni Hidalgo and Héctor Matos.
Raul has played, recorded or toured with master performers like Charlie Sepulveda, Giovanni Hidalgo, Dave Valentin, Anthony Carrillo, Olga Tañon, Claudio Roditi, Edsel Gomez, Cuatro virtuoso Christian Nieves (Ricky Martin), Paoli Mejias, Aldemar Valentín, Alex ''Apolo'' Ayala, Bernie Williams and his own trio San Juan Collective. When Raul is not touring with Charlie Sepulveda and the Turnaround, he plays at a weekly basis with the Latin Rock Band Melisa Madre Tierra at the most prestigious Clubs of the island. In addition, Raul teaches at Univesidad Interamericana in San Juan.