Learning percussions with Alvaro
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • 20 hours over 4 days

Percussion with Alvaro

Jam out with Alvaro & find your rhythm in bustling Barcelona. Turn sound into self-expression & create your own arrangements with Alvaro’s help, using everything from electronic music to his specialty, the candombe drums. Then spend time outside the studio with his diverse group of artist friends.
  • Snacks, Coffee, & Tea


One Guest
USD $1150
Additional guest(s) (max 4)
USD $555
Having a blast on candombe drumsPerforming live at a showPlaying among friendsRecording acoustic guitarBasket of wooden instrumentsExperimenting with voice recordingPerforming with fellow drummerPracticing with artist friends on candombe drumsElectronic music production in the studio

Meet the Artist

Alvaro is a percussionist and producer who specializes in Uruguayan candombe - a style of African derived drumming and dance recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. Established in Barcelona, he works with artists from all over the world on projects covering the drum roots, to the experimental language of electronic music, often collaborating with DJ's, dance, video, painting, theatre or performing artists. While Alvaro plays many instruments and enjoys all aspects of music production, he finds percussion to be the ultimate expression of the sound and rhythm that each of us carry inside. If you wander through his neighborhood of Poble Nou, you’ll probably find him jamming with friends in the street – with a little bit of funk, soul, trip-hop or drum and bass.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Varied experience for amateur, professionals and production. 
  • For amateurs, learn a new form of expression and develop sensitivity by recognizing the sound and rhythm that each of us carry inside, expressed through the drum.
  • For professionals, learn candombe drums and their application in relation to other instruments, as well as a variety of arrangements, jazzy concepts to the creation of software based loops, reaching a full integration with electronic music.
  • For production, collaborate to create drum and electronic loops, percussion arrangements, composition, recording for post-production and connect with other musicians and large recording studios, if necessary. 
  • Immersion into Alvaro's diverse world of music and daily encounters inside and outside the studio with his groups of artist friends. 
  • Full access to studio and instruments. 

Explore Barcelona

Barcelona is music and color and late nights. From lights strung between narrow alleyways to sunbathers soaking up the rays on Barceloneta Beach, it has a festive and fun atmosphere that few cities in the world can replicate. We love the unmistakable Gaudi architecture that asserts itself all over the city, as well as the charming, vibrant neighborhood of Gracia. Stroll the streets of Barcelona’s many quarters, from the artsy El Raval to the historic Born, and feel the city’s distinct pulse around you.

Additional Details

This VAWAA is available for a longer duration for recording or development of specific production. If interested in extending your time, let us know by how many days and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Alvaro's Availability 4 days

Guest Reviews

  • Janine K., United States

    Super fun and creative experience and I loved how enthusiastic Alvaro was as a percussionist and instructor. I went to a couple shows he and his friends were in, which were fantastic, and I really enjoyed my experience!

  • Judi V., United States

    My VAWAA experience with Alvaro could not have been better. He was not only a patient and fun teacher but went out of his way to invite me into his musical world. I went with him to several of his gigs and he introduced me to the Poblenou neighborhood and his friends which immediately made me feel comfortable in my new surroundings.

    It was so wonderful, as I was traveling by myself, to have som
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