About me

Percussionist, composer, singer and a educator. Since then his musical talent has been heard in many albums, and live shows, as he has colaborated with many arround the world such as: Grammy Nominated and winers: Jessy J, Earl Klugh, Fernando Rivas, Horacio el Negro Hernández , Paulo Moura, John Benítez, Pascoal Meirelles , Juan Fernando Velasco. Charleston jazz big band, Alex Alvear , Jsé Pepito Gómez, Oscarito Valdés, André Neiva, Zacai Curtis, Rafael Paceiro, Emilio Morales, Frank Rubio, Ymelda Marie-Louisa , Cruks en Karnak, Pamela Cortés, Chaucha Kings, Sergio Sacoto, Fausto Miño, Guerrilla Clika, Pueblo Nuevo, Carmen González, etc… The meantime he would study in “Centro de investigation y desarollo de la musica cubana” (a school specialized in the investigation and development of Cuban music), in Felix Varela School, and “Escuela Alejandro Garcia Caturla.”
In the year 2000, and motivated by his master teacher, Oscar Valdes, he decides to make a switch in his main instrument, dedicating his time and his talent to the “tumbadoras, bongos, timbales, guiro.. etc..”
 On the more Educational side, Gino Castillo was the head Percussion teacher sin 2003 until 2007 for the Berklee College of Music Network (Quito). Since January 2009, he owns the “Centro de Percusion Latina Gino Castillo” which is part of the George Gershwin Conservatory in Quito, Ecuador, where he has been developing a modern method of learning based on his many years as a musician and teacher. Currently has an sponsor of Pearl Drums and Pro-Mark drum sticks.