GRAMMY® Award-Winning

JAVIER CABANILLAS

CONGAS | EDUCATOR | COMPOSER


Private Instructor


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Current Projects


NORTIJAZZ| COMPOSER, BANDLEADER, PERCUSSIONIST 

CABANIJAZZ PROJECT | COMPOSER, BANDLEADER, PERCUSISONIST

PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA | CONGAS & CAJÓN AND MINOR PERCUSSION

BRAULIO BARRERA & ORQUESTA SOMOS EL SON| CONGAS

BRIAN ANDRES & THE AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ CARTEL| COMPOSER, CONGAS

JAMIE DUBBERLY & ORQUESTA DHARMA| CONGAS

KA-HON ENSEMBLE | COMPOSER, PERCUSISONIST

Endorsments


Doc Sweeny Drums

Soultone Cymbals

Professional Instructor


San Francisco Symphony Adventure In Music - Academic & Music Presenter 2012-2014

San Francisco Community Music Center - Faculty Percussion Instructor 2011 - Present

Education For Change Achieve Academy Music Teacher - 2014 - Present

East Bay Agency for Children - Cultural Enrichment Music Instructor  2013-2014

San Jose State University Jazz Studies - Workshop Presenter 2014

California State University Stanislaus - Workshop Presenter 2014

Dave Brubeck Institute - Workshop Presenter 2015

Salsa International Festival - Workshop Presenter Tijuana, Mexico 2015

Formal Studies


The Jazzschool Institute Berkeley (Internship) 2011-2012

San Diego State University Latin Jazz Ensemble 2003-2004

  • Dr. Kevin Delgado Professor

South Western College Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble 2000-2003

  • Dr. Jason Robinson Professor
  • African Drumming Ensemble 2001-2003 by:
  • Akayaa Atule (Ghana)
  • Todd Caschetta (Gambia)

Ohlone College 1998-2000

Private Lesson with:

  • William "Kachiro" Thompson (Plena Libre, Marc Anthony, Luis Enrique)
  • Pablo "El Indio" Rosario (Mongo Santamaria, Batacumbele)
  • Hugo Martinez (technique and fundamentals)

Javier Cabanillas


"Today, Cabanillas is one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most respected and busiest congueros, but he still looks for new ways to express his love of percussion." - full featured article in DRUM! Magazine January 2015


Cabanillas is most recognized for his recording and touring work as conguero in the GRAMMY® Award-Winning for Best Latin Tropical Album of the year, Pacific Mambo Orchestra.  In addition, his versatility, dedication and passion has allowed him to tour with Tito Puente Jr., Marlow Rosado, Willy Torres (Spanish Harlem Orchestra) and has collaborated with artists such as Tito Nieves, Sheila E., Arturo Sandoval, Alex Acuña  (Elvis Presley and Weather Report), Tania Libertad, Frankie Negrón, Karl Perazzo (Carlos Santana), Brian Jordan (Lauryn Hill), Ray Obiedo (Herbie Hancock), Adrian Terrazas-Gonzales (The Mars Volta), Tommy Igoe, Tom E. Politzer (Tower of Power), Jerry Gonzalez (Fort Apache Band), Calixto Oviedo (NG La Banda), Louie Romero (Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz), Jesus Florido (Whitney Houston), and more.



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