Gerardo Rosales meets Orlando Poleo, who invites him to study Afro-Caribbean percussion in Caracas

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Gerardo Rosales was born on July 6, 1964, in Caracas, Venezuela

Gerardo Rosales was born on July 6, 1964, in Caracas, Venezuela. He has been living in the Netherlands since 1993.

At the age of 8 he started studying piano and at the same time he became interested in playing congas and bongo.

In 1977, at the age of 13, he met Orlando Poleo, who invited him to study Afro-Caribbean percussion at the “Taller de Arte” in the Sarría neighborhood in his hometown Caracas.

From 1977 to 1980, he studied congas and bongo with Orlando Poleo, and timbales with Alberto Borregales.

In 1985, he studies Afro-Venezuelan percussion with Alexander Livinali at the “Fundación Bigott”.

Gerardo Rosales meets Orlando Poleo, who invites him to study Afro-Caribbean percussion at the "Taller de Arte" in the Sarria neighborhood, Caracas

In 1987 Gerardo starts his career with very important figures such as: Soledad Bravo, Cecilia Todd, Canelita Medina, Alberto Naranjo y el Trabuco Venezolano, Maria Rivas, Joe Ruiz, Ilan Chester, Orquesta Café, Trina Medina y Yarake, Victor Cuica among others. At the same time, Gerardo began his own orchestra called “Salsa 70” and with it he toured the neighborhoods, theaters and night spots of the capital.

 In 1992, he receives an invitation to participate in the Expo Sevilla in Spain, with the group ‘Caracas Son 7’.

From that moment on he decided to settle in Europe. In 1993, he releases his first CD “Gerardo Rosales y su Salsa Pa’lante”, in Spain, which was recorded in Venezuela. From this moment on he is invited to work in France with Alfredo Rodriguez and Orlando Poleo; in Germany with Conexión Latina and Nicky Marrero and in Holland with Saskia Laroo, Jose Avila y su Quimbombo and Cedric Dandaree. In 1995, Paquito D’Rivera invited him to participate in the recording of the CD “Bebo rides again” together with the legendary Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés.

Gerardo Rosales meets Orlando Poleo, who invites him to study Afro-Caribbean percussion at the "Taller de Arte" in the Sarria neighborhood, Caracas

From 1996 until now, Gerardo Rosales has been touring Europe with his own salsa and Latin jazz projects. Gerardo has earned the respect and admiration of the public through his concerts and recordings, managing to spread and project rhythms from Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Peru, Curaçao, Suriname and the Caribbean.

 In 2002, he produced the music for the film “Madamme Jeanette” directed by Paula van der Oest which was nominated for an Oscar as a Dutch film.

These are the titles of his CDs: “Salsa pa lante” (1992), “Venezuela Sonora” (1996), “Señor Tambó” (1998), “El Venezolano” (1999), “Rítmico & Pianístico” (2001), “La Salsa es mi Vida” (2001), Tribute to Fania all stars (2003), Charanga La Crisis “Salsa Antigua” (2005), Mongomania “Tribute to Mongo Santamaria.

Gerardo Rosales meets Orlando Poleo, who invites him to study Afro-Caribbean percussion at the "Taller de Arte" in the Sarria neighborhood, Caracas