Competition: US & Canada
Rafael has established himself as a premier guitarist, composer and media engineer since his arrival in NYC back in 2010, receiving rave reviews on his playing as a sideman and as a leader. His debut “Portrait” (2014) was co-produced by Multi-Grammy Award Winning Bassist/Composer John Benitez and was awarded 4 stars from international publications. “Portrait” features an incredible cast of master musicians bringing together Puerto Rico’s Bomba and Plena rhythms, jazz harmony, and rock’s aggressive nature to form a unique and original canvas of sound beyond the normal clave.
Rafael is a part of the Faculty at LIU’s ROCNATION. He has taught at other colleges like NYU, CUNY, Saint John’s University, Universidad Inter-Americana and his private studio: The Brooklyn Rock Academy; helping students graduate to music colleges all over the world and develop their own voices as artists. He regularly performs in NYC and his hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico, so be sure to check the calendar on his website. His second album as a leader “Axiomatic: Music For The People” was released March 2022. His 3rd release: “The Professor”, an exploration on world rhythms and new textures of groove, is set to be released in 2023.