About

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Alejandro Céspedes, M.Mus, is an active freelance percussionist and educator in Toronto who studied with Russell Hartenberger at the University of Toronto, and Roberto Concepción at Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Havana, Cuba. He performs classical percussion, body percussion, Latin percussion and steel pan. Céspedes performed with the National Opera and Ballet Orchestra of Cuba and the Kingston and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. He has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Jane Bunnett, and the Buena Vista Social Club, and was featured at the Toronto Body Percussion Festival. He was a musician/dancer/actor for Venom of Love and The Power of Harriet T! Céspedes has conducted the steel pan ensemble at Music By The Lake (Toronto District School Board music camp) and the Regent Park School of Music, which has performed with 2Cellos and also at events such as the Luminato and Toronto Jazz Festivals. He has also taught percussion at the National Music Camp of Canada, Manuel Saumell and Amadeo Roldán Conservatories in Havana. He has conducted body percussion workshops at Lizt Alfonso Dance Company in Havana and McGill University in Montreal. He is Co-founder of Oregano Percussion, which combines songwriting pop and percussion chamber music with world/jazz. He is also the Artistic Director and founder of Arrollando – Cuban Carnaval Ensemble. Céspedes is an artist/endorser of Pearl/Adams Musical Instruments, Humes & Berg and The Steelpan Store. www.flowingpercussion.com