Andrés is a professional musician and Teaching Artist, that specializes in hand percussion from the African Diaspora in the Caribbean and South America. Andrés was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela from a multicultural family of progressive thinkers, artists, educators and performers. At an early age, he started migrating with his family and initially arrived in the U.S. A teenager away from his native home, Andrés drew closer to his African roots as a way to channel the sudden changes in his environment and began the life long journey of learning music. Andrés arrived to Philadelphia after finishing his studies in Puerto Rico in 2008. Presently, Andrés balances his career as a fulltime music educator and musician.
Christian Noguera is a percussionist and educator, focused on folklore and popular music from Latin America and the Caribbean. He was born in Misiones, Argentina. In 2003, he moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he studied at the Music School of Buenos Aires (EMBA). In 2009, after receiving his degree from EMBA, Christian moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Christian is currently a Teaching Artist at Taller Puertorriqueño, and a Percussion Instructor at AMLA (Artístas y Músicos Latino Americanos).
Raudelis "Raul" Cisneros
Raul’s varied styles of playing reflect his Latin heritage and the London music melting-pot experience. He plays with great passion and abundant energy, often with a flair from the streets deeply rooted in his Afro-Cuban identity. Raul studied percussion at the Conservatorio de Musica in his hometown of Santiago De Cuba. He has collaborated with notable companies including Museo del Carnaval, Cutumba, and Conjunto Folklorico de Oriente. He has been invited as a session musician for Paul McCartney, DJ Idris Elba, Bumi Thomas, and Carlos Acosta.