Leo was born in Mexico City and has travelled the world through music. His career started in piano, but Leo later turned to another passion, percussion, as a means to get by playing on the metro. Soon he was playing and recording with big names in the worlds of Salsa, Jazz, Latin Jazz, Latin Rock and Pop including Jaguares, Tom Coster, Willie Colon, Juanes (Ekhymosis), Lucero, Ricardo Arjona, Paulina Rubio, Emmanuel, Franco De Vita and many more. Leo has also produced and arranged for bands like Curanderos and SHEM. In 2005, he was chosen as the Musical Director for the BMI Latin Awards in Las Vegas Nevada with a tribute to Carlos Santana. Currently, Leo lives in Denver, Colorado and is actively performing and recording with local bands like Chicos Malos, Orquesta La Brava, and Quemando, as well as projects with Victor Mestas, Justin Adams, Greg Gisbert, Gonzalo Teppa, Stafford Hunter, and his wife Elisa Garcia. Aside from local gigs, Leo still performs with international artists. Since 2019, he has been a supporting teacher at the award-winning Thompson Jazz Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19"
Sound character: Dark body, full frequency spectrum, brilliant highs. Very wide range, complex, pleasing musical mix. Immediate, sensitive response, strong attack, controllable spread, even, layered fade. This crash combines silky, soft qualities with energy and projection for an incredibly versatile application range. Also extremely well suited as suspended cymbals and for mallet rolls.
Sizes: 10", 8"
Sound character: Warm, airy, snarling, silvery. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a very responsive, explosive splash sound. Low tuned effect cymbal for lively accents in moderate volume. Well suited for hand-playing. Vinnie Colaiuta explains: “They are sweet, they are these kind of punctuation marks in the background.”