University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Carlos Adames


Carlos AdamesAccompanist

Carlos Adames studied Percussion at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes of Mexico, Cultural Institute of Panamá, Republic of Panamá. as well with world known percussionist like Alex Acuña, Endel Dueño, Jesús Alfonso Miró (Musical Director of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas), Lamim Thiam, and more.

With his explosive soloing and inventive conga patterns, Adames is widely acclaimed as a grate percussionist. He is committed to the development of the conga drum, breaking down traditional percussion barriers to perform traditional latin rhythms, jazz, jungle, funk and hip-hop whilst retaining his distinctly latin roots.

As a live and session performer, he played with various international artists including Willie Colón, Eugenia León, Oswaldo Ayala, Elizabeth Mesa (Judge of Latin American Idol), Paquito D'Rivera (multiple Grammy Award-winner), Enrique Nery, and more.

Adames's musical journey is a personal quest to explore and create new sounds and rhythmic fusions. More than just a performer, Adames further demonstrate his commitment to the development of his instrument by working as an educator at the Universidad Cristóbal Colón and The Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico, The San Antonio College, Palo Alto College and North West Vista College in the United States and Oldenburg Universität in Germany.