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Ralph Irizarry

George Balmaseda, artist relations manager for Tycoon Percussion, has announced that world-class timbalero and Tycoon Percussion Signature Artist Ralph Irizarry is currently on the road with internationally-acclaimed Latin singer/songwriter Rubén Blades’ “Todos Vuelven” tour as a featured member of the “Seis Del Solar” band. Hailed as one of the brightest stars in Latin music, Irizarry has performed and recorded with many of the most renowned and respected musicians in the world, including Ray Barretto, Harry Belafonte, Celia Cruz, Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis and Paul Simon. Irizarry. Irizarry’s own group, “Son Café”, is based in New York City.

At home, in the studio and on the road, Irizarry plays Tycoon’s Ralph Irizarry Signature Series timbales, which were designed in conjunction with Tycoon Percussion’s master drumcrafters. The Signature timbales provide the sound and power of high-quality, stainless steel shells with heavy-gauge, die-cast counterhoops and feature a durable, gloss black finish. The 14 and 15˝ drums are the result of Tycoon’s painstaking efforts to meet the high standards that today’s discriminating players demand.

Tycoon Percussion also announced additional endorsements by leading percussionists from the cultural centers of traditional and contemporary Latin-American music inside and outside of the United States. These drummers, who have chosen to play Tycoon Percussion exclusively for all their recording and touring work, join an ever-expanding roster of the most talented musicians in the world who are discovering the superior sound and performance of Tycoon’s professional percussion instruments.

  • Pepe Espinoza (Cuba/Stockholm) – Afro-Cuban All-Stars USA Tour 2009 - Master Platinum Sunrise Fade Series Congas
  • Yoel Del Sol (Cuba/Miami) – Yanni, Miami Sound Machine, Arturo Sandoval - Master Handcrafted Pinstripe Series Congas
  • Pibo Marquez (Venezuela/Columbia) – Grupo Madera, Santana - Master Fantasy Siam Series Congas
  • Jose Vazquez Cofresi (Puerto Rico/New York City) – La Excelencia – Master Handcrafted Pinstripe Series Congas
  • Harry Adorno (Puerto Rico/New York City) – Grupo Fascinacion, Celia Cruz, Willie Colon, Copacabana house band – TTI-1415-AC (Antique Copper) Traditional Timbales

For more information about Tycoon Percussion artists as well as the company’s full line of professional World Percussion instruments and accessories, please see your local authorized Tycoon Percussion dealer or contact Tycoon Percussion directly at www.tycoonpercussion.com.