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Abdiel Flores was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He began his musical career at the age of six when he
began to play various percussion instruments, at the same time as he observed his father playing the guitar at
church. During his younger years, Abdiel was part of a group of church musicians. When he was thirteen
years old, he received a saxophone as a gift, and eventually began to take private lessons.
While continuing to play the saxophone, Abdiel experienced a break in his musical career to study in the
College of Communications of the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, where he graduated with honors. After a
few years working in advertising, Abdiel was accepted into the Jazz and Afro-Caribbean Music Program of the
Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, where he had the chance to learn from great teachers, such as David
Sánchez, Eddie Gómez, Marco Pignataro, Luis Marín, Luis ‘Perico’ Ortiz, Andrew Lázaro, and Ricardo Pons,
In 2002, Abdiel received both a grant from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston as well as the
Outstanding Musician Award from the Berklee in Puerto Rico Program.
Currently, Abdiel Flores is premiering his first soloist production “El cuida de mí”. It is a compilation of
traditional hymns harmonized and arranged with jazz influences and Latin rhythms. Musicians with great
experience in the jazz genre, such as Ramón Vázquez, Leobadis González, Isaac Lausell, Elías Santos, and
Jan Carlos Artime have contributed to this production.
In Abdiel’s own words: “‘El cuida de mí’ is a tribute to the Lord, not only for his care for us as we walk through
this life, but also for the certainty and security of the promise that we’ll be taken care of by his protecting hand
and divine cover. Today, I recognize that, without him, none of us would be here.”
Abdiel, who has had the opportunity of playing with Christian musicians such as Marco Barrientos, Danilo
Montero, Coalo Zamorano, and Ron Kenoly, is aware of the healing and spiritual power of music inspired by
God. Therefore, he intends to bring his music to people in need of a sound that serves as a messenger of
hope and faith.