Michael Spiro

Michael Spiro


I'm a Latin percussionist and music educator, specializing in Cuban and Brazilian music. I have ten Grammy nominations and am the only foreigner to be nominated for a Cubadisco award (2019) in the Afro-Cuban traditional music category. I retired this year from my teaching job at Indiana University (Associate Professor, Percussion and Jazz Departments), and am now living full time in the San Francisco Bay Area where I am performing, recording and producing both audio and video projects.

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  • Most memorable Next-Level Performance

    Walking into a theater in Mexico City where my teacher from Cuba was performing, and having him immediately invite to come to the stage to play with him. I somehow calmed my nerves, and with no rehearsal, killed it in front of 3,000 people!
  • What Drives Your Creativity?

    The need to find my own artistic expression.