Gamboa ("El Obispo")
cajón, master percussionist
Born in Lima,
Peru and living in the U.S. since the mid-’90s, Gino
Gamboa is a master percussionist, teacher and instrument
maker and a prime exponent of Afro-Peruvian music. He has
toured and recorded with Eva Ayllon, Peru Negro, Tolu and
Los Hijos del Sol. His special focus is on teaching and fabricating
the Peruvian cajón. Founder of the groups Armonia
Criolla and Contrapunto and an integral member of Sajama,
Gino was also a member of a Peruvian delegation that participated
in the opening ceremonies of the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.
Since 2003 Gino has coordinated the annual “Concurso
Internacional del Cajón.” He continues to travel
to different parts of the world offering clinics on cajón
as well as presenting Peruvian music in general.