Grammy award-winner and 3-time Grammy-nominated RAUL PINEDA is one of the most innovative Latin drummers in the world. His unique style of playing – a blend of Afro Cuban and contemporary influences applied to modern drum set – has cemented his status as one of the most influential Cuban drummers of his generation. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Raul continues to tour, record and perform with a wide array of world, jazz, latin and pop artists – continuing his amazing journey from humble beginnings as a boy on a tin can drum set to one of Cuba’s most prolific and versatile drummers.
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BORN IN: Havana, Cuba
LIVES IN: Los Angeles, CA
DRUMMING SINCE: 12 years old
CURRENT BAND/PROJECT(S): Independent
BIGGEST INFLUENCES: Julio Barreto, Dave Weckl, Omar Hakim, Vinnie Colaiuta, Yoruba Andabo, Clave y Guaguanco, Munequitos de Matanzas and too many more to list.
FAVORITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON: “Encuentro”, Afrocuban Latin Jazz Project
FAVORITE ALBUM YOU DIDN’T PLAY ON: “Antiguo”, Gonzalo Rubalcaba
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: 4 years touring, recording and winning a Grammy with Chucho Valdes.
FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL: HHX Evolution Series, 17″ AA Holy China