Rafael Monteagudo (Drummer/Percussionist) arrived in the US in 2000 from Havana, Cuba.
His areas of focus include jazz, funk, fusion, Latin Jazz, and Afro-Cuban. He plays
drumset, timbales, congas, bata, and bongos. It was the thriving musical environment
that he came from that inspired him to play drums at the young age of eight. He grew up
in Cayo Hueso, a neighborhood in Havana that has produced some of the most famous
Cuban musicians. The musical traditions in Cayo Hueso are rich in both popular and
folkloric music. It was through sharing the strong African traditions that are inherent in
Cuban culture that Rafael gained such a wide range of styles.
Rafael continued his studies at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA) in Havana.
While in Cuba, Mr