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Online Lessons

Check out online video lessons by myself and Jesus Diaz @
CongaMasterClass.com and

With Jorge Alabe @
SambaMasterClass.com

Classes

Michael has ongoing private and group instruction at his home. To contact him about classes, click here.

Professor of Percussion – Indiana University

Beginning Third Year as Professor of Percussion @ INDIANA University

Website: music.indiana.edu/department/percussion/
Phone: (812) 855-0986

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CDs

Ritmos Unidos — Funklorico
This first release by the midwest's most contemporary and cutting edge Latin Jazz band, features Michael as producer and leader. Ritmos Unidos' sound is a unique blend of Cuban, Brazilian, funk and folkloric music, and both dancers and listeners will be amazed at the range of colors and textures on this CD. This is a special CD, one that requires several listenings!

Wayne Wallace — Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin
This is the brand CD of the quintet, most recently nominated for a Grammy in 2011. Check it out--it's going to be on the charts for quite a while!

Oba Nile — En Clave
This beautiful Afro-Cuban folkloric CD was recorded in Northern California, and features some of the greatest Afro-Cuban musicians in the United States today--Lazaro Galarraga, Roman Diaz, Miguel Bernal, Jesus Diaz, Sandy Perez. Truly a special project.

Corey Christiansen — Lone Prairie
This is a new release by Michael's colleague in the Jazz Department at Indiana University. Corey is an amazing guitar player, and it was a pleasure to play percussion on these tracks.

Wayne Wallace — To Hear from There
The new Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet Release "To Hear from There" was released February, 2011, and has been #1 on the World Jazz Radio Airplay Charts for over a month since its release.

To Hear From There is a graceful, joyous album. The Latin Jazz Quintet is a truly soulful outfit and the music conveys an undeniable warmth and humanity: this is a band, and an album, of real quality.
Bruce Lindsay

Wayne Wallace — ¡Bien Bien!
Just nominated for a 2011 Grammy in the Latin/Jazz category!

Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge — Off & On
2010 Latin Grammy Nominee both as producer and artist.

Latin Jazz Collective — ¡Que Sorpresa!
Producer, 21 piece Latin Big Band, 2010 Indiana, University Latin Jazz Ensemble.

Tanaora is signed with Moondo Records and has released Dia Real.
Produced by Michael.
Order at Amazon.com

"A delectable sextet featuring some of the region's most gifted players...Tanaóra offers a melodically rich sound unlike any other band around."
–Andrew Gilbert, 'Critic's Pick', The East Bay Monthly, December 2006

Encanto This is the third release by La Orquesta Moderna Tradición, co-produced by Michael Spiro. This is by far the most swinging album by the band to date. It features lead vocals by Eduardo Herrera and wonderful timbale work by our newest member Carlos Caro. Available now at CD Baby.com

BataMbira by mbira expert B. Michael Williams and Michael Spiro, is a new recording combining the African thumb-piano with Michael's Bata playing. Available now at CD Baby.com

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Instructional DVDs

Introduction to the Conga Drum
Instructional DVD, Produced by Chuck Sher

El Lenguaje del Tambor: Bata Rhythms and Techniques from Matanzas, Cuba
Instructional DVD, Produced by Kabiosile

Assistant Producer, Michael Spiro

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Books

Roadmap for the Oru del Igbodu
This is the entire Oru Seco (Havana style) written out in Western music notation, with full explanations and description. It is a required text for anyone looking to learn about bata drumming! Available at congamasterclass.com.

By Michael Spiro and Justin Hill

Bata Rhythms from Matanzas, Cuba: Transcriptions of the Oru Seco
Published by Kabiosile

Co-transcribed by Michael Spiro

The Conga Drummer's Guidebook
Published by Chuck Sher

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