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Alberto "Beto" Torrens

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Alberto "Beto" Torrens was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and began his musical career with Batucada Baobá, alongside Anthony Carrillo, Luis Vélez and his mentor and teacher Fernando "Freddy" Díaz. He is a founding member of Bayanga (today Calle 13), with whom he recorded one album. Torrens has worked with bands and artists like Puya, Cultura Profética, Gomba Jahbari, Jerry Medina, Batacumbele, Brazuca Matraca (Barcelona), Macaco (Barcelona), Ricky Martin, De La Roots, Tráfico Pesado, Ricky Rodríguez, and La Descarga Urbana de Medina Carrión, among others. Beto recorded in the Grammy nominated album “Urbano” by Elvis Crespo, and has contributed in recordings with De La Ghetto, Cultura Profética, Plenéalo, Fusión Jonda, Monsieur Periné (Colombia) [Grammy winner], La Tortuga China, and Alegría Rampante, among others. He is a member of Henry Cole & The Afrobeat Collective, with whom he recorded the critically acclaimed album "Roots Before Branches" released in 2012. Torrens is also percussionist and singer for Cle's new group Villa Locura The upcoming album titled "Simple" recorded in  Electric Lady Studios will be released soon. With the Afrobeat Collective and Villa locura, Torrens has played festivals in the U.S. and Puerto Rico including Jazz at Lincoln Center, and has played alongside Jazz luminaries David Sanchez, Miguel Zenón, Piro Rodríguez, and Adam Rogers. In 2012 Torrens performed at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, with artist Sie7e, where the artist won a Grammy as Best New Artist. Beto has been a member of Sie7e’s band since 2011, and since then has performed in prestigious events like Premios Lo Nuestro, Festival La Merçe in Barcelona, and throughout Puerto Rico and the U.S. In 2011, he founded the up and coming Latin Rock ensemble La Quilombera with whom he has released two albums, "Quilombo y Barbarie" and "Hominifalombiucoccus Mastoidis Nefroliticus". He is also a member of Dj Velcro's (Rocksteady Crew) Acoustic Hip-Hop group Lado Ve.  Beto is also a founding member, along with Billy Carrión J.,  of the Jazz ensemble The Rican Rebels, with whom he recorded an album titled "Natural Beauty". He also recorded in Atticus Reynold's debut album "Ventana' released in 2017. Beto Torrens is a founding member of the groundbreaking group IFÉ alonside Mark Underwood (aka Otura Mun), and Rafael Maya.  IFÉ's debut album IIII+IIII was released in 2017 with raving reviews.  It debuted #1 in both ITunes and Amazon's Electronic Music downloads, and reached #5 in the World Music Billboard Charts. Torrens has been consistently touring Europe, Canada and USA with IFÉ, including prestigious festivals such as Montreal International Jazz Festival (Canadá), Paleó Festival (Switzerland), WOMAD (UK),  Festival Musicas do Mundo (Portugal), and others. Beto is very active in the folklore scene in Puerto Rico , directing two folkloric ensembles, Bloco Afro Oxalá and La Liga Rumbera; as well as being a member of the groups Desde Cero, Los Majaderos de Cachete Maldonado and Grupo Carabalí. As an educator, Beto has given Master Classes in the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, Liceo de Arte y Tecnología, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (Chicago), to name a few. Beto has also offered percussion workshops in Paris, Barcelona, Canada, and teaches weekly classes in his studio in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Beto Torrens plays exclusively Meinl Percussion.

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