Caleb Michel (Timbale Set)
Caleb Michel is a Dominican jazz and latin jazz percussionist based in Phoenix, Arizona. He has studied and performed a wide variety of music ranging from Puerto Rican salsa, Cuban son, Dominican merengue, and South American derived rhythms, to Traditional and Contemporary jazz. Caleb started studying percussion at the age of six with daily lessons from his father Alex Michel, a former percussionist of New York City. Being raised in a musical atmosphere and having studied classical literature on the string bass for five years at the excelling Arizona School for the Arts, Caleb naturally found a passion in music. He is pursuing a degree in jazz performance at Arizona State University while continuing a rigorous curriculum in Latin American rhythms and percussion. Caleb has performed with many traveling artist such as Tito Puente Jr., Frankie Negron, Ismael Rivera Jr., Tito Rojas, Frankie Ruiz Jr., and Raulin Rosendo among many others. Also with Donny McCaslin, SF Jazz Collective, Nevada Big Band, and many others.
Tany Allende (Congas)
Born in the district of La Marina, home of “La Sonora Matancera” and “Los Muñequitos” in Matanzas, in a family of artists, he practiced and studied music from an early age, representing his province in various national festivals, and obtaining several awards and recognitions. In 1988 he began his professional career playing the Cuban Tres in the famous local band “La “Edad de Oro”. In November 1991 travels to Paris to offer courses in Cuban percussion at various cultural and educational centers of the city and formed and directed the “Sextet Aché” to tour Europe extensively. In the following years he joined several famed Cuban groups, including “Yaguarimú” and “Son de Oro”. With the last one he went to Madrid in June 1997 to settle there, joining from 1999 the band “Café Quijano”, group with major music awards in Europe and several nominations for the Latin Grammy awards, taking part in all tours with over 500 concerts until 2004. From 2005 settles in Benidor, where create his own music academy, teaching percussion and being involved in organizing various events through the “Marakata” Cultural Association, as endorsee of Remo, NP and Cajones Toro. There he teaches several master classes and seminars on Cuban percussion including a concert for percussion with the Philharmonic of Tomsk, Russia. In his career, Tany has performed successfully at several major events and Festivals. He is, actually, one of the top session Afro-Cuban percussionists.