"Carlos" Kanno is a driven man.
A native of Japan, Carlos is passionate
about Caribbean percussion and has devoted
his professional life to mastering ALL of
the percussion instruments used in the Latin
the early 1990's he formed the hugely popular
Japanese Salsa band, Orquesta de la Luz.
The all-Japanese group perfected its groove
by jamming with every salsa band that toured
Japan, and even learned some Latin "moves"
from New York choreographer Eddie Torres.
Orquesta de la Luz gained a huge following
and their early albums topped theBillboard's
around 1989 that he created a wonderful
instructional video in Japanese, covering
the playing of all percussion used in the
modern Salsa Band. I am pleased to say that
it featured the LP® product line.
June 27, 1999, Carlos brought his 18 piece
Nettai Tropical Latin Jazz Big Band (what
a mouthful!) to Carnegie Hall where they
were the opening act for an all star show
that included Tito
Puente and Giovanni
Hidalgo. The group has released two
albums in the U.S. ("September"
and "Live from Yokohama") and
a third in Japan.
stopped by my studio on June 29th for a
photo session and to record
his thoughts on music and a theme
message for congahead.com.
learn more about Shingo "Carlos"