Cuban musician bangs drum for percussion camp
A Cuban drummer has joined a top Bermudian teacher to stage a two-week percussion camp.
Angel Luis Ruiz will help Eddie Ming teach before a gala production of Latin jazz next week.
He said: “I love drumming, I love the connection I have with my instruments.
“I like gospel, funk and bebop, but my favourite style is Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban — I like the rhythms, they’re complicated.”
The 20-year-old was speaking after he arrived in Bermuda on his first visit last Thursday.
Mr Ming, who teaches drumming at the Rhythm Lab in St George’s, met Mr Ruiz as a nine-year-old when he taught at the boy’s elementary school.
He explained: “He’s here on an understudy cultural exchange programme, I promised him this from the first time I met him.
“I couldn’t bring him before because he was so young, so I waited for him to graduate from the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory.”
Mr Ming added: “He’s going to study with me in the morning and later he’s my assistant teaching drums and percussion.
“At the end of the workshop, there will be a Latin jazz recital, featuring him and a galaxy of musicians.”
The closing showcase will be at West Pembroke Primary School on November 2 at 6.30pm.
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