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Christian Moraga

Conganas and Oscar Hernandez
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Christian Moraga was born in Santiago, Chile, where he grew up listening to Latin, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Rock, and World music. As a teenager, he was  introduced to the rudiments and elements of classic percussion and was inspired to pursue music as a career.

At the age of 17, Christian began playing professionally by performing in various venues and festivals throughout Santiago, ranging from Jazz to pop, rock, etc. His continuous search for knowledge and excellence sent him traveling to various locations in the Caribbean, U.S., and South America to learn from the best in their fields. He traveled to Cuba where he studied privately with master percussionist “Changuito”. He visited Peru to learn Afro-Peruvian music with Leonardo Parodi. Brazil, where he studied with Ari and Dinho Nascimento. Later, he continued his education in New York at the Harbor Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

Since he moved to the United States in 2005, he has performed with renowned artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Chaka Kahn, Poncho Sanchez, Harvey Mason, Bob Mintzer, Oscar Hernandez, Gordon Goodwin, Nestor Torres, The LuckMan Jazz Orchestra, Bennie Maupin, Victor Wooten, Justo Almario, Jimmy Branly, Luis Conte, The Banda Brothers, Hernan Olivera, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Tito Nieves, Ismael Miranda, Jimmy Bosh, Albita Rodriguez, Lalo Rodriguez, Domingo Quiñonez, Kevin Ceballos, Fruko, Frankie Negron, Jose Rizo’s Mongorama, J. Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad and many others. 

He currently resides in Los Angeles, California where he performs, records and teaches privately, giving clinics on a variety of percussion rhythms, and concepts from around the world. He’s working simultaneously as a multipercussionist in his Latin Jazz Quartet called “Conganas”, and on a new exciting project fusing South American music with jazz.