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William Ruiz

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Bandleader, percussionist, master log drummer, tribal drumset, and hand drummer William Ruiz is an improvisational world music artist. This spirited Native American (Taino) of Puerto Rico is the creative force behind a unique blend of improvisational world tribal percussion sounds. Ruiz was born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ and his first musical influences were Afro-Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban recordings of the 1940s. Ruiz has been documented on CNN, the Village Voice, WBAI and HOT 97 for presenting the 12 tongue log drum to people globally. He has toured the world as a solo act, with his Brown Bear Quartet, and with his ensemble, which typically include traditional musicians of various cultures.


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