Ray Yslas / Drums & Percussion
Ramon “Ray” Yslas is one of modern music’s most accomplished percussionists, appearing frequently on major concerts, recording sessions, music festivals, and on television. He has performed on international tours with platinum artists including Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Willie Nelson, Idina Menzel, Colbie Caillat, Patti Labelle and the Backstreet Boys, and his network TV appearances include The Grammy Awards, Saturday Night Live, Oprah, American Idol, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, and VH-1 Storytellers. Ray is distinguished in the industry by his intuitive musicality and consummate professionalism, and through working with an astonishing spectrum of signature vocalists, he has developed a truly orchestral approach to building his percussive arrangements, by treating each song as a story.
Ray developed his musical instincts in the burgeoning Latin music community of Los Angeles, and he has worked with superstars like Juan Gabriel, Luz Casal, Pepe Aguilar, Joan Sebastian and Alejandro Fernandez. Ray is an endorsing artist for many leading percussion, cymbal, and drum manufacturers including Toca, Sabian, Evans, Promark, and DW. His signature cajon, the “Yslas DS Cajon,” is available from the Austrian percussion company Sela.
Ray brings all of his extensive industry experiences into the classroom. Ray is able to give his students an insider’s view into the music industry, while providing them with the techniques he believes are necessary to achieve and maintain a steady career in the music business.
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