Gerardo Morales is a guitarist, percussionist, songwriter, and producer performing throughout the United States, Spain, and Latin America. He is an essential member LA’s Subsuelo (Calentura) and under his direction produces Flamenco and Latin influenced shows at The Fountain Theatre in Hollywood.
An East Los Angeles native, Gerardo was influenced from a young age by various styles of music, e.g Classical, Rancheras, 80’s music, Hip Hop, Rock n’ Roll, and etc.; and began to play guitar and the drum set at the age of 12. He began studying cajón with Peruvian cajónero Zarandonga and Latin percussion with Ricardo Tikki Pasillas. Moving on to explore the rhythms of Flamenco; it was his dedication and natural affinity for rhythm that soon lead him to perform in LA’s most noted venues with artists including Juan Talavera’s Men of Flamenco, Amador Rojas’ Mandela, Jesus Montoya, Manuel Gutierrez, Adam del monte, and Arte Flamenco Dance Company. He toured the U.S. with Niño and Isaac de los Reyes and was privileged to teach several master workshops for cajón at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA.
Gerardo’s passion for music goes beyond percussion; he is also a classical and Flamenco guitarist having studied at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and the Conservatorio Profesional de Música Cristóbal de Morales in Sevilla, Spain. While in Spain, he studied with David Marin and accompanied famed flamenco dancer Juana Amaya
As a Pop Latin percussionist, Gerardo toured the U.S. with LA’s Burning Star and shared the stage with The Black Eyed Peas, Ozomatli, Christina Aguilera, and Kanye West. In 2012, he released his first album Morales.Lara’s Dreaming Awake. He has worked on films including Toy Story 3, Little Fockers, and Think Like a Man. Gerardo is one of the founding member of the band The Mighty Tears of Joy and is currently working with JME on his newest album.