Afro Caribbean Percussion Workshop
Northeast Region of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is all about music! Take a chance and get a taste of the Puerto Rican culture with our drum workshop. A great activity for the whole family!
The workshop will be led by talented Beto Torrens at his private music studio. The studio is located in the artistic and local neighbourhood of Santurce in San Juan. You will learn in 2-hours all about the history, technique, and rhythms of Afro drumming. You will be active using different drums and instruments to learn the skills as good as possible! If you have a preference, you can choose out of Afro-Puerto Rican, Afro-Cuban, or Afro-Brazilian drumming. The groups will be small to give you the best quality, attention, and fun you deserve.
Who is Beto Torrens?
Beto Torrens was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and began his musical career with Batucada Baobá, alongside Anthony Carrillo, Luis Vélez and his mentor and teacher Freddy Díaz. He is a founding member of Bayanga (today Calle 13), with whom he recorded one album. Torrens has worked with bands and artists like Puya, Cultura Profética, Gomba Jahbari, Jerry Medina, Batacumbele, Brazuca Matraca (Barcelona), Macaco (Barcelona), Ricky Martin, De La Roots, Tráfico Pesado, Ricky Rodríguez, and La Descarga Urbana de Medina Carrión, among others.
Beto recorded in the Grammy-nominated album “Urbano” by Elvis Crespo, and has contributed in recordings with De La Ghetto, Cultura Profética, Plenéalo, Fusión Jonda, Monsieur Periné (Colombia), La Tortuga China, and Alegría Rampante.
He is a member of group Henry Cole & The Afrobeat Collective, with whom he recorded the critically acclaimed album Roots Before Branches released in 2012 and the upcoming album titled “Simple”. With the Afrobeat Collective, Torrens has been playing Jazz Festivals in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and has played alongside jazz luminaries David Sanchez, Miguel Zenón, Piro Rodríguez, and Adam Rogers.
In 2012 Torrens performed at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, with artist Sie7e, where the artist won a Grammy as Best New Artist. Beto has been a member of Sie7e’s band since 2011, and since then has performed in prestigious events like Premios Lo Nuestro, Festival La Merçe in Barcelona, and throughout Puerto Rico and the U.S.
In 2011, he founded the up and coming Latin Rock ensemble La Quilombera with whom he has released two albums, “Quilombo y Barabarie” and “Hominifalombiucoccus Mastoidis Nefroliticus”. He is also a member of Dj Velcro’s (Rocksteady Crew) Acoustic Hip-Hop group Lado Ve. Torrens is also founding member, along with Billy Carrión Jr., of the jazz ensemble The Rican Rebels, with whom he recorded an album titled “Natural Beauty”. He is also a founding member of the groundbreaking group IFÉ alonside Rafael Maya and Mark Underwood aka Dj Nature.
Beto is very active in the folklore scene in Puerto Rico, directing two folkloric ensembles, Bloco Afro Oxalá and La Liga Rumbera; as well as being a member of the groups Desde Cero, Los Majaderos de Cachete Maldonado and Grupo Carabalí.
Beto Torrens is an endorser of Meinl Percussion instruments and Panderos JN.