Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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Dimas Sanchez began playing percussion and drum set in Puerto Rico, where he was born. He started playing professionally at age 14 playing salsa music. Later on, other influences like Jazz, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican folkloric music started shaping his musical taste.
He has studied with Tony Sanchez , Angel "Cachete" Maldonado , Keith Copeland , and Ignacio Berroa. Some of the instruments played by him are drum set, shekere, bongo, timbales, congas, bomba barrels, djembe, plena pandereros and other world percussion.
His musical experience includes styles such as: Jazz, Bomba, Plena, Salsa, Samba, Bossa Nova, Blues, Rock, and Latin Jazz. In Puerto Rico, he has performed with luminaries David Sanchez, John Benitez, Richie Flores, Juancito Torres, Angel “Cachete” Maldonado Hector Veneros, Anthony Carrillo, Edsel Gomez, Jimmy Rivera, Rolando Morales (percussionist for The Lion King), and artists Lunna, Marisol Calero, Olga Guillot, and Lucecita Benitez, he also he had the opportunity to perform with the “Taller de Jazz Don Pedro” where he learned to play Jazz. In 1985 he began playing with the premier bomba and plena group "La Familia Cepeda". With the Cepeda ensemble he learned the best of Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms, and travelled to Spain, New York, and Guadelupe where the ensemble shared the stage with Irakere and Ray Barretto.
Among the international festivals in which Dimas has performed are: Mundo Latino (Paris), SunFest (West Palm Beach), Clearwater Jazz Festival, Toros y Salsa (Dax, France), Folkloric Festival (Palma de Mallorca), Cultural Festival in Guadelupe among others.
He also participated as a Drum Clinician and Pearl Drums Artist in the Contemporary Drums and Percussion Summer Camp 2008 in UCF with Opus Mundi.