A native of Ecuador, Castillo moved to Charleston a few years ago after working as the head percussion teacher for five years at Universidad San Fransisco de Quito, which is part of the Berklee College of Music Network. In town, he’s taught privately and performed with a variety of local acts, including Duende, Kelly Eldridge, and the Charleston Jazz Orchestra. He recently released a solo album titled Ya Llegué.
Castillo will have a battery of hand percussion pieces on hand at Encore this week. “I will play different Latin American and Cuban rhythms and instruments with background music,” he says of this week’s clinic. “I will show the correct technique to play these instruments and how I develop my own percussion-drum set.”