Music is in his blood. Shaped from the love of music and the creative surrondings by his parents. Michael was born in Los Angeles, he has Studied the traditional rhythms that have traveled from Africa to Cuba and Brazil, to the dance floors of America. His Afro/Cuban and Afro/ Brazilian sound is a conversation of melodies which he plays with fierce passion, whether on congas, timbales, bongos or a range of other percussion instruments. As his musical vision is broad, he combines his talents with those of some of the most accomplished musicians performing today in genres that range from jazz to pop. Michael's formal training began on the drums when he was a teenager. Percussionist Paul Rennick, Jose Aponte and Norm Bergeron were instrumental in shaping her early development. He has also studied with the legendary percussionists and folklorists Michael Spiro, Jorge Alabe and David La Mole, This experience gave him a solid foundation, offering him a unique sound which is distinctly his own. During the years 1993 through 1996, Michael attended The University Of North Texas and started to sit in with various local groups in Dallas, TX. 1995, Michael began to work with Mingo Fishtrap, This time proved to be a turning point in that it challenged his desire to reach for greater dimensions and expand his percussion abilities in a jazz and funk setting. In the following years, Michael would be found on several US tour with Smooth Jazz saxophonist Joe Vincelli and World Music artist Brave Combo. In August of 1997, Michael returned to UNT to continue his studies during this time he became the Percussionist for the Grammy award wining One O'clock Lab Band. This led to major oppertunites to play with some of the best musicians in the Jazz field, such as Poncho Sanchez, Andy Narell, Peter Erskine, Slide Hampton, John Riley, Dick Oatts, Gary Smulyan, and Airto. In the Fall of 2000, Michael relocated to Austin, TX to become part of its thriving music scene. While in Austin, Michael became one of the cities go to percussionist becoming a main stay with recording studios jingle houses and popular singer songwriters Bob Schneider, Toni Price, Papa Mali, Bruce Hughs, Christain Fernandez and Latin Rockers Vallejo. In the Spring of 2003 Michael came back home to Los Angeles and quickly found himself in the Tony award wining broadway show The Power of Blast, Michael spent most of that year intown perfecting his acting and performance chops, while playing most night in the cities Salsa or Samba niteclubs. In 2004 Michael toured with Africian Artist, Recardo Lemvo y su Makina Loca through the US and Canada. In 2005 till 2007, Michael has had the wonderful opportunity to work with Latin Pop Superstar Joan Sebastain and travel the US, Mexico and South America also recording two albums for the 10 time Grammy award winner. Now in 2008.....Michael is set on path to becoming a well respected Percussionist and Musician in the the city of angels and beyond.