Coming from a musically infused childhood, the ever-versatile Arturo Rodriguez shares his passion for percussion with the Pacific Northwest and beyond. An accomplished musician, author, and teacher, Rodriguez has performed worldwide, sharing the stage with music legends that include Tito Puente, Dave Valentin, Paul Horn, and Pete Escovedo. Rodriguez says,
"It is an honor and a privilege to have worked with these great musicians and icons of Latin music."
Never one to stand still for very long, LP endorsed percussionist Arturo Rodriguez is both a popular face and a powerful force on the local Seattle music scene. One night you might catch him tearing up a Salsa set with his quintet configuration at The Triple Door and the next performing more intimate Latin jazz with his trio configuration at Axis. While moving through the musical boundaries of jazz, pop, rock, and even folk music, Rodriguez has an amazing talent for bringing and keeping people together in a social setting.
Rodriguez grew up in Los Angeles, in a household where his mother was a passionate mambo and salsa dancer, and his father was an avid conguero who played with the Hispanic Music Association and formed the group Salsa Express. They made certain music was integral to everyday family life. Rodriguez admits it is is no surprise that he wound up in a career so completely reflective of his childhood experiences.
Each morning my mother would wake us up for school with the music of Celia Cruz and Ismael 'Cortijo' Rivera, and a lot of soulful footwork in the living room."
Rodriguez' early love of percussion led him to study with several prominent ethnomusicologists, and eventually became the genesis of his own company, Interact and Learn, that offers self-study courses, workshops, and public and private training for beginner through advanced students. Now, with three books in his Ethnic percussion Series published by Mel Bay Publications, Rodriguez' teaching style stresses the importance of
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