Professional percussionist Cesar Espinoza also known by many as “Timbalero Del Barrio” was born in Alajuela, Costa Rica, December 31rst, 1971.
His Mom Tereza and his Dad Julio Espinoza knew he will be a great percussionist when at the small age of 3 years; Cesar Espinoza started playing music, using as drums nothing but her Mom’s pots and pans. Cesar started his career at the early age of 6, at the local Private Parties Bull Fighst and Fairs.
At the age of 10 Cesar Espinoza got his first Gig to perform at ‘Los Fabulosos Sabados”, a very famous Saturday Show back in his country Costa Rica. At the age of 17, Cesar move to New York from Costa Rica and begin his new career as a percussionist.
In 1990 he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he took advantage of the opportunity that Oswald Bernard gave him to become the lead percussionist for the very well known Band Opa Opa.
After playing with Opa Opa for many years the best salsa bands took notice on him for his unique combination of technique and streets experience playing. Cesar Espinoza performed with many Salsa Orquestras in L.A, like Latin Fusion, Tabaco y Ron, and Yari More, being the Musical Director for about 7 years for this last band.
Also El Timbalero Del Barrio has recorded the percussion for many bands like “Kueros”, Tabaco y Ron, and many more. Cesar has also performed with great singers and bands like Pedro de Jesus, Charlie Cruz, Michael Stuart, Eddie Santiago, Celia Cruz, Kevin Sevallo, Andie Montanez, Luisito Canion, Cano Estremeda, Alquimia, Anthony Cruz, Jose Ernesto, Pedro Conga, among others.
Currently Cesar Espinoza “El Timbalero del Barrio” resides in Los Angeles, where together with his Brother Chino Espinoza and his Record Label Dimelo Records! He has assembled a new “Hit Band” in L.A Salsa scene named “Los Duenos Del Son” where he is the Musical Director and Lead Percussionist. “Pura Vida” (Pure Life), is the first release of Los Duenos Del Son, and has already taken the Salsa Community.
Now with their second cd “Maria” just released, Cesar Espinoza and Los Duenos Del Son are ready to take over the dance clubs with their unique Costa Rican style. A true heart musician, Cesar Espinoza is without a doubt one of the best Timbaleros of our time.
Cesar is proudly endorse by Pearl Drums, Sabian, and Vic Firth music companies.