For years, during the 1960s, 70s and 80s, music washed back and forth between the U.S. and Cuba.  In 1970s New York, where Afro-Cuban rhythms met an American urban mentality, this resulted in Salsa.  In 1990s Habana, as funk, R&B, Jazz and even Rock made their way into the capital to be mixed with traditional Cuban musical styles, Timba was born.  

The current generation of Latin musicians in America has responded to this recent innovation with great enthusiasm.  The as yet undefined style of timba offers the opportunity to create freely a vivid new kind of music, not just for dancing, but for concert-goers to enjoy, and for listeners of jazz and other styles of music to appreciate.

Timberos Del Norte hopes you enjoy our effort to bring you something new.



paulihead2  Pauly

On Piano:
Pauly's experience as a pianist has spanned a variety of genres and cities across the U.S. beginning in Chicago in the mid 1990's as a blues pianist and rock sideman. In 1998, he moved back to his hometown of New York in order to study jazz and Latin jazz with some of NYC’s best.  While in New York, Pauly also began scoring films, which led him to Austin to pursue his Master of Music Degree in Composition at the University of Texas. He has since performed with most of the Latin bands around Texas, winning awards in 2006 (Univision's Premios de Texas Best New Artist) and 2007 (Best Salsa/Merengue). He has performed with some of the biggest names in salsa including Tony Vega and others.


   Carmelo Torres

On Drums/Timbale:
Originally from Los Angeles, Carmelo is the son of legendary percussionist Bobby Torres. Born in 1975, Carmelo has been composing and playing music since the age of 8. Relocated to Austin, TX in 1997 and has been the most sought after latin percussionist ever since. Has toured, performed or recorded with artists such as Jason Mraz, Los Lonley Boys, Christian Castro, Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, Los Lobos, Timberos Del Norte, Alejandro Escavedo, Vallejo, Del Castillo, The Groovline Horns, Boombox ATX, The Latin Brew, Sauce, Pete Rodriguez, Los Bad Apples, Angel Roman, Damian Erskine, La Tribu, Salvador, Brannen Temple, Red Young, Tito Carrillo, Bobby Torres Ensemble, Leticia Rodriguez, Karla Harris, Felipe Borrero and many more. Is currently touring with Los Lonley Boys...


   Raul "Ralo" Vallejo 

On Trombone:
Originally from Harlingen, TX, Raul “Ralo” Vallejo has lived in Austin since 1994. Since attaining his first success in Austin with the founding of the Grooveline Horns, and his subsequent appearances with The Scabs and Bob Schneider, Ralo has continued to grow into one of the most sought after trombone players/horn arrangers in the United States. While maintaining a strong link to Austin over the years, having played with acts such as La Tribu, the Ugly Americans and Billy Bob Thornton, Ralo eventually began to play with acts such as The Meters and Dumpstaphunk, out of New Orleans, and Blues Traveler. In 2002 the legendary Maynard Ferguson with his Big Bop Nouveau jazz band brought Ralo on tour. 2004 saw him arranging and recording La Mafia’s “Para El Pueblo” and winning his first Grammy. He then landed a tour with Jason Mraz from 2006 to 2008. This led to Ralo winning his second Grammy for arranging and performing on “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.” In 2007 and on her most recent tour in 2013, Ralo joined Kelly Clarkson. He currently is working on recording and arranging the horns for her newest effort. 


Slide1   Framy Diaz

On Bass:
Born in New York and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Framy started playing music at age 9.  He enrolled in the Libre de Musica Middle and High School at the age of 11, where he studied music theory and performance under some of the best music professors on the island.  He began playing professionally at the age of 15, with some of San Juan's best salsa and merengue ensembles. He currently plays for the 36th Infantry Division Band of Austin, Texas and has played for the 4th Infantry Division Band, as well as the “All Army Show Band” (USA Express) in two overseas tours. As part of his civilian musical experience, he has worked with artists such as Charlie Cruz, Tito Allen, Luisito Carrion, Anthony Cruz, Alex de Castro, Pedro Brull, Paguito Guzman, Viti Ruiz, Maelo Ruiz, Hector Tricoche, Tony Vega, Tito Rojas, Sergio Hernandez, Cesar Flores and many others from his native Puerto Rico. In Texas, he currently works with the Cecille and Rainel Pino’s Band from Houston, and with Timberos del Norte from Austin, with whom he recorded their first album. His style has been mainly influenced by two great latin bass players: Jose Gazmey and Ruben Rodriguez.


slide1   Noah Mosgofian

On Congas: 
Noah Mosgofian has been playing drums of the African Diaspora for over 20 years. After 6 years of international touring with STOMP, Noah settled in Austin where he became a fixture in the Cuban/Brazilian/African music scene. He plays lots of instruments with dozens of local and national groups, he has taught and performed worldwide, and he's honored to be on stage with Timberos, possibly the finest and most ambitious Cuban music project Austin has ever seen. For more info on Noah visit:


face8   Tito Cuba

On Vocals:
Born in Guantanamo, Cuba, Tito was surrounded by music at an early age. His Tio Patricio Duffus was the musico of the family on his father's side. He played guitar and sang very beautifully. For Tito his Tio was his musical inspiration. Tito is a percussionist, rapper and songwriter who is well known in Austin, Miami and Las Vegas and who has played with many bands, including La Tribu, Cienfuegos, Son Yuma, Ritmo Tres, Grupo Fantasma and others.

face1   Monica Salas

On Vocals:
Monica Salas, since coming out of the Booker T. Washington School for the Visual/Performing Arts in Dallas, has performed at the Puerto Rican Day Festival in New York, the International Salsa Congress in San Juan, and has recorded with fellow Booker T. Washington alum, Erykah Badu.

   George Shalda

On Trumpet:


Not Pictured: Wawy Cabrera, Danerys Echevarria.  









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