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Artist Profile: Fidel Morales




Fidel Morales is a Cuban Drummer, Percussionist, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Author, and Educator

As a drummer, Fidel Morales has played with musicians such as Giovanni Hidalgo, Eddie Gómez, Danilo Pérez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Nicolás Reynoso, John Faddis, Mark Kramer, Gary Campbell, Gary Keller, Vic Juris, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Carlos Garnett, and Charlie Sepúlveda, among others. He has also accompanied Latin stars such as Omara Portuondo, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Elena Burke, Celeste Mendoza, Bárbara Wilson, Roberto Roena, Albita, María Martha Serra Lima, Basilio, Chichí Peralta, and Noriko.

Fidel Morales has toured extensively around the world, having traveled on music engagements through Austria, Hungary, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the United States.

The Composer

Fidel is the composer of renowned Cuban dance classics “La Expresiva” and “Mamina”, among others. Artists from Cuba, the United States, and Puerto Rico have recorded his compositions. He contributed, as well, in the CD “Bajando Gervasio”, by Amadito Valdés, nominated for 2004 GRAMMY Awards. The documentary “Seguir a través de los años” (To Follow Through the Years), by Daniel Diez, is inspired in his music. His salsa and timba music album “Salsa Son Timba” was released in 2005.

The Educator

Fidel has worked as Lecturer of Percussion in Panama’s National Conservatory. He has taught Drum Clinics & Workshops in Europe, Panama, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Chile, and United States, for students from Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Drummers Collective, University of Miami, Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, and University of Puerto Rico, among many others.

Fidel Morales is former director of the Jazz and Caribbean Music Department of the prestigious Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, where he is Head of Jazz Drums since 2006. He also offers private lessons, and is, as well, an active clinician.

Fidel is director of his own bands: Fidel Morales Trio and Fidel Morales Afro-Cuban Band. He is the author of the books “Afro-Cuban Techniques for Drum Set & Percussion, Volumes 1 & 2”.

Fidel Morales is an exclusive artist of Gretsch Drums, Gibraltar, Paiste, Vic Firth and Latin Percussion (LP).

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