Wayne Wallace, Latin Jazz Quintet, Conjunto Karabali
Michael Spiro is a ten-time Grammy nominee, and has produced seminal recordings in the Latin music genre such as “Canto América”, “BataKetu”, “BataMbira”, and “Grupo Ilu-Aña”. His performing and recording credits cover an array of internationally known artists: from such pop artists as David Byrne, Carlos Santana and Charlie Watts, to Latin music icons Eddie Palmieri, Israel Lopez (Cachao) and Richard Egues, to such jazz luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Hutcherson and McCoy Tyner. He also has an extended film score resume, and wrote several arrangements for the Tony award winning Broadway show BLAST! In addition to his academic position at Indiana University as Associate Professor of Percussion, Michael remains an extremely active performer and recording artist. His most recent CD “Canto America” is currently nominated for a Grammy in the Latin Jazz category. He co-leads one of the only remaining charanga groups in the United States, “Orquesta La Moderna Tradición”, and holds the conga drum chair in the internationally acclaimed and 2011, 2014 and 2015 Grammy nominated “Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet”.
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