COUNTRY: United States
GROUP: Willy Calderon & The L.A. Impromptu Orchestra, Kensman, Kiwzo Fumero & The J Projecthttp://www.willycalderon.com
Willy Calderon is a professional touring and recording musician, an engineer and a producer. He is the founder and musical director of The L.A. Impromptu Orchestra, a prestigious, Los Angeles based all-star band specializing in latin forms of salsa, jazz, son and folkloric popular music. Some artist band members include Luis Conte, Anderson Quintero, Miguelito Leon, Roland Gajate-Garcia, Joey De Leon and more.
Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Willy came from a musical family and was raised in Los Angeles by his mother, Jeanine Rosales. Studying the art of music since infancy, he was playing professionally by the early age of 13. Specializing as a percussionist, Calderon is also professionally proficient on piano and bass.
Calderon has performed, produced for or toured the world with world-class pop, hip-hop and latin artists such as Grupo Niche, Sublime (w/Rome), Guayacán Orquesta, Sheila E., Luis Conte, Kensman, Fruko y Sus Tesos, Marcus Miller and most recently, Bruno Mars. Calderon also participated in production for master film composer Hans Zimmer in the final installment of the Batman trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises.” In June of 2013, Willy scored two video game trailers for Nintendo Inc. He joined the Gon Bops family in 2014 and signed endorsement deals with Innovative Percussion and Sabian cymbals in 2016.
LIVES IN: Los Angeles, California
DRUMMING SINCE: 1992. Professionally Since 2004
CURRENT BAND/PROJECTS: Willy Calderon & The L.A. Impromptu Orchestra, Kensman, Kiwzo Fumero & The J Project
BIGGEST INFLUENCES: My Mother, Giovanni Hidalgo, Luis Conte, Taku Hirano, Diego Gale, Japanese Folklore, Colombian Folklore
FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON: L.A. Impromptu – The L.A. Impromptu Orchestra
FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU DIDN’T PLAY ON: Winelight – Grover Washington Jr., Abraxas -Santana
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Nintendo Trailer Contract 2013-2014, Tour Australia, Tour Japan
FAVOURITE SABIAN CYMBAL: 16” XSR Fast Crash, 18” HHX Evolution O-Zone Crash