Joaquín Núñez Hidalgo
Joaquin Nuñez Hidalgo was born and raised in Cuba. His early inspiration was his musically gifted father Porfirio Nuñez, a former singer/guitarist with one of the oldest Cuban orchestras “Brisas de Nipe”.
Self-taught musician and now Master Rumbero Joaquín Núñez Hidalgo began playing percussion instruments at the age of five. As a professional artist Joaquín has had a successful music career in Cuba. Performing in numerous musical events and festivals, he has shared the stage with most of Cuba’s elite musicians.
Eventually settling in Toronto in 1999, Joaquín quickly became immersed in the local music scene performing as a drummer and percussionist with top Canadian based artists (Jane Bunnett, Bill King, Njacko Backo, Eddie Bullen, Hilario Durán, Canadian Tenors, Luis Mario Ochoa), performing in many Jazz festivals (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Beaches Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax Jazz Festival among others) across the country as well as internationally.
Joaquín has been a percussionist on Juno and Grammy nominated CD compilations, Juno nominated – Hilario Durán Trio “Motion” (2010); and Grammy nominated and Juno Award Winner 2007 – Hilario Big Band CD “From the Heart” featuring Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez & Paquito D’Rivera (2007). Joaquín co-produced “Havana Nights” (2010) in collaboration with pianist, Eddie Bullen; also, he was the producer of Cubanos’ debut CD “Holguin” (2002); and he performed as percussionist for the North American premier of the soundtrack to the musical theatre production of “Dirty Dancing” (2008). Exploded onto the world music scene as a co-producer of the CD with famed Euro-performer Zucchero “La Sesión Cubana”, doing the record’s release “2013-2014 World Tour Zucchero and La Sesión Cubana.”
The lyrical CD” Keep Them Close” with Kalabash was produced by Mr. Hidalgo and most notably awarded a Juno (2014) for his work with David Buchbinder and Odessa Havana with the CD “Walk to the Sea.”
Mr. Hidalgo presents an extraordinary collection of musicians providing an exciting experience in art and entertainment. He is now an accomplished recording artist, performer musician and excepcional teacher and facilitator.
As founder of the Rumba Squad Program at St Michael School College and member of Sistema Program, Joaquin has proven to be a force in our music industry, both for students and the industry alike. He has served as Producer and Artistic Director for the following events: Scarborough Town Jazz Festival 2013-2014; “Havana Toronto Night Show” at Distillery Jazz Festival 2005; Rumberos Afro-Cuban All Stars Section; Lula Longe 2003-2004; Cuban Drumming Retreat from 2006 to 2014.
Dyalis Machado Migueles
An excepcional Cuban female percussionist, Dyalis Machado Migueles has a Bachelor Degree in Classic and Latin Percussion. At her young age, she has a very successful music career, both in Cuba and abroad, at an international level. Her curriculum includes: 2008-2010 Tour to Japan with “Son de Cuba,” where she had the opportunity of sharing the stage with some renowned performers such as: Sheila E, Ken Morimura and Orquesta de La Luz. Dyalis has also toured all around Europe as a member of La “Sesión Cubana,” an All Stars Cuban band which backs up the famous Italian singer Zucchero. She is currently a member of the globally known “Tropicana Cuban Show.”
As a clinician, she has taught at a Tokyo Music College in Japan, the Conservatory Amadeo Roldán and other schools in Cuba. She has been part of many International Exchange Cultural Programs: Guadeloupe Island, Canada; featuring workshops, master class with prestigious percussionists such as Joaquín Núñez Hidalgo, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández and José Luis Quintana “Changuito.”
Dyalis participated as percussionist on the recording of the PBS-DVD “Under the Sky” with the Canadian Tenors at the Caesar Palace, in Windsor, and concert at the Rose Theater in Brampton. Dyalis is currently part of the teaching staff of the “Sistema on the School Program” as well as on the “SMCS Rumba Squad Program.”
Founded in 2001, by Cuban Master Percussionist Joaquín Núñez Hidalgo, Rumberos Drums Company, offers a wise and varied services with two fundamental directions: EDUCATION and ENTERTAINMENT.
Rumberos Entertainment provides Corporate and Community Live Shows (Private Events, Galas, Festivals), having on its catalogue a diverse choice and styles of music from Latin to pop, jazz and fussion.
Rumberos Academy: Especializing on Latin Percussion (hand drums and drum set). We also offer Classic Percussion.
We offer one and one private classes and group classes, workshops, clinics, events production, dance instruction with highly qualified instructors, and an innovative Drumming School Program in the City of Toronto and all around the GTA. Our Academy has one of the highest-level teaching staff in the country in this category.
Rumberos Drums Company offers once a year a Cultural Drumming Retreat, inside and outside Canada, with the purpose of increasing the knowledge and performing experience of our students and DRUMS LOVERS. We have gained a reputation and place inside the Drumming World in Toronto.
“DRUMMING FOR LIFE” – OUR TEAM
Rumberos Drums Company President: Joaquín Núñez Hidalgo
Administrative Assistant and Coordinator: Olga Zayas
Teaching Staff: Joaquín Núñez Hidalgo, Dyalis Machado Migueles, Jorge Molina