Master Rumbero Joaquín Núñez Hidalgo began playing percussion instruments at the age of five. As a professional artist Joaquín had a successful music career in Cuba, performing in numerous musical events and festivals, sharing the stage with most of Cuba’s elite musicians. Eventually settling in Toronto in 1999, Joaquín quickly became immersed in the local music scene performing as a drummer and percussionist with top Canadian based artists (Jane Bunnett, Bill King, Njacko Backo, Eddie Bullen, Hilario Durán, Canadian Tenors, Luis Mario Ochoa). He has performed in many Jazz festivals all across Canada as well as internationally. He is now an accomplished recording artist, performer musician and exceptional teacher and facilitator.