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Yoel Paez Gonzalez

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Sole Jiménez, Café Quijano, Isaac Delgado, Cuban All Stars, Paulo FG y su Elite, Osvaldo Chacón y su timba, Seguridad Social, Adriana, Mike Racette, Aguita Salá, Son del Barrio, Re-Percusión, Jaume Pedrós, Will, Cristie, Ley Londres, Akanda, Eduardo Vega

Biography

Born in Matanzas, Cuba, on June 74. At the tender age of five, his father Rafael Paez, a professional musician, entered him into the world of festivals of the island, thus winning major awards. He began his musical studies at age 9 on the EVA (Vocational Art School) of Matanzas and later at the National School of Music in Havana (ENA), where he graduated as a teacher and musician specializing in classical and modern percussion.

He is a founding member of PerCuba and has been a member of the most important music bands of his country such as: "Isaac Delgado", "Paulo Fg y su Elite", and "El Medico de la Salsa" with whom he toured countries such as Japan, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Argentina and others. Participated in festivals, sharing stages with stars such as Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock and Michael Bolton, among others. In 2003 he was nominated among the best drummers of Timba Cubana, sharing the bill with Jose Luis Quintana (Changuito), Calixto Oviedo, Samuel Formell and Giraldo Piloto.

During a period of eight years, he was a member of the prestigious band Café Quijano, in Spain, (Three times nominated to the Grammys) which whom he'd played before 80,000 people at the Bernabeu Stadium, Spain.

He currently works at the Schools of Music: The Klave and ABPdrums in Valencia. He has also participated as a lecturer at numerous seminars and Percussion festivals, among them: La Rioja Drumming Festival, International Drumfest in Sevilla, International Jazz Seminar in Valencia, sharing the bill with specialists such as Miguel Anga Diaz, Tommy Aldridge, Chris Coleman, Wolfgang Haffner, Peter Erskine, Thomas Lang, Bob Mintzer, Jorge Pardo, Vera Figueiredo, Ray Luzier, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jose Mena, Coki Gimenez, Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, Victor Mendoza, Chris Adler, Aquiles Priester, Javo Barrera, Brendan Buckley and Milos Meier.

In his discography he enumerates over 80 albums as a drummer and percussionist, mastering different instruments such as Drums, Congas, Bongos, Batás, Timbal and Cajon. In 2008 launches his Method "Adapting Afrocubans rhythms to the Drums and Percussion Set".

Since 2009, joins on tours of singer Sole Giménez, with whom he recorded "Dos Gardenias" and "Little Things" albums, sharing credits with artists such as Joan Manuel Serrat, Chano Dominguez, Ivan Lewis, Jorge Pardo, Yelsi Heredia, Joshua Edelman and Ara Malikian. During these tours, played concerts in several countries including Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Australia, performing a concert in the famous Sydney Opera House.

In 2011, besides the Sole Giménez tour, he also participates in a tribute to Nat King Cole with Cuban singer Isaac Delgado. He has also taken part among the musicians who worked with the flamenco singer Concha Buika’s tour and with jazz trombonist July Montalvo.

In 2012 he launches his newest DVD, about Drums and Percussion, "The Art of the independence 360° " in which he takes us to an incredible journey through more than twelve different kinds of percussion sets, covering styles such as Afro-Cuban Jazz, pop, fusion, flamenco, etc.   

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