Gino Gamboa of Encino, in Los Angeles CA has been playing traditional Peruvian music since he was 13 years old. He was raised in Barrios Altos en La Victoria, one of the most musical and traditional neighborhoods of Lima, Peru. There, he was able to learn with masters of traditional Peruvian music: Ronaldo Campos de la Colina, Caitro Soto, Eusebio “Pititi,” and Leonardo Parodi. Gino has been working as a professional musician, performer, producer, and music teacher all his life, and is also a notable luthier of traditional Peruvian instruments, including the cajón, the cajita, and the batea. For over fifteen years, Gino has produced the International Festival of the Cajon in Los Angeles. He travels regularly to different parts of the world offering cajon workshops and lectures and performing traditional Peruvian music.  Gino has expanded his role of helping others by facilitating drum circles as well as becoming a facilitator for the BEAT THE ODDS program, which helps youth to process and build social & emotional skills through the framework of drumming.