Edwin Bonilla is a world-know and Grammy nominated percussionist, producer and writer.
His music is startlingly impressive and unique, it comes from the soul, specially for those who like to dance. Edwin's compositions are astounding, his sound is unique and unmistakable.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and raised in Elizabeth, NJ, Edwin started playing at a very early age. By the age of 14, he was already playing with some of the best local bands in New Jersey. As a Percussionist, he is familiarized with rhythmic patterns from all over the world, his professional experiences include performances and recordings in jazz, rock, pop, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Indian, and Brazilian music.
Aside from participating in more than 1000+ recordings, during the last 30+ years he has continuous studio and performing work, including videos, movie scores and jingles, which kept him in the forefront of several developments in the music industry, as well as working with some of the most important figures and groups in the music industry,
On July 8, 1999, “Edwin y su Son” was released, followed by “Soy la Candela”, released on March 14, 2002. Both recordings achieved high volume of sales and the international support of audiences, radio and dancing club programmers, as well as critics.
His third CD, “Pa’ la Calle” released in March 15, 2004, also has been highly acclaimed over the world. In 2006, Edwin completed a special Charanga CD with his long time friend and incomparable artist Jesus “el Nino” Perez, “Tirando Pa’ Charanga”. In 2010 he released “Homenaje a Los Rumberos” CD, which was nominated in two categories, “Best Salsa Album and Best Engineered” for the 2011 Latin Grammy. Nominated for Best Tropical Album in the American Grammys. In 2013, the release of Back to Basics and soon to release “Infinito”.
Edwin Bonilla y Su Orquesta has performed live in the “Fiesta Salsa y Toro” in France, in San Francisco, Seattle Washington, Toronto Canada, New York City in S.O.B’s, and in The Miami International Salsa Congress. Miami Calle Ocho yearly Festival from 2005 thru 2011, Tampa Salsa Congress, Guayaquil Ecuador Salsa Fest, and he has also recorded live performances in TLC’s show “Fak’n It”. The Orquesta appearance and original music featured in Paramount Pictures New TV Series “South Beach” produced by Jennifer Lopez, staring, Vanessa Williams and Steven Baur. Music also features in instructional dance video by The Salsa Lovers School for Dancers, founded by Rene Geitz. Performed in the New York City “Lincoln Center”, in the Chicago, Australian and Miami Salsa Congresses, also Montreal Salsa Congress. In the Gran Salon Central in Mexico City. Performed the “Dax”in France.
Edwin y Su Orquesta has also performed live with Cuban Pete & Barbara Craddock (the legendary New York City’s Palladium’s Mambo Dancers.) His music has been use for teaching Salsa Dancers all over the world. It is especially use in the forefront of worldwide Salsa Congresses.
Of the aforementioned 1000+ recording projects, the following is just a sampling of some of the most important:
Gloria Estefan, Madonna, Shakira, Dave Gruson, Jennifer Lopez, David Foster, Marc Anthony, Quincy Jones, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Celine Dion, Arturo Sandoval, Frank Sinatra, Paquito De Rivera, Stevie Wonder, Roberto Torres, Patti LaBelle, Jon Secada, Tony Bennet, Carlos Ponce, Michael Bulbe, Franco De Vita, Lenny Kravits, Rita Moreno, Jose Feliciano,Tito Puente, Julio Iglesias, Celia Cruz, Thalia, Ray Barretto, Wilfredo Vargas, Hansel & Raul
Israel Lopez “Cachao”, Lisa Lisa, Bellamy Brothers, Septeto Santiaguero, “Roper El Coco” from Cuba, Pharrel Williams, Manhattan Transfer, Carol King, JenCarlos Canela, Jose Luis Rodriguez “El Puma”, Gian Marco, Luis Fonsi, Charanga Casino
Jimmy Smith, N Sync, Carlos Santana, Barrio Boys, Roberto Blades, Nestor Torres-This Side of Paradise-Grammy Winner, Donna Summers, Esperansa Spalding, The Legendary’ James Brown, Dave Valentine, Willie Chirino, Juan Luis Guerra, Alejandro Fernandez, Chayanne, Juanes, Alexandre Pires, Paulina Rubio, Ricky Martin, Jerry Rivera, Lucero, Raul DeBlasio, Rocio Durcal
Chaka Kan, David Byrne, Cher, Amy Whynehouse, Sara Montiel, Norah Jones, Omara Portuondo, Buena Vista, Daniela Mercury, Snoop Dogg, Tina Tuner, Joss Stone, Nat king Cole, Whitney Houston, Milly Quezada, Prince, Olga Guillot, Ana Gabriel, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Cliff, Joan Osborne, La Lupe, Dave Koz, Los Panchos, Pit Bull, Jerry Lee Levan.
TV appearances, mostly with Gloria Estefan, including: World Music Awards, Arsenio Hall, American Music Awards, White House Christmas Special, Grammy Awards (New York, 1994), Vatican Concert for the Pope, Super Bowl-’95-Patti Labelle, ’99-Gloria Estefan and Stevie Wonder, Acapulco “93”, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox Club House, David Letterman. Top of the Pop’s London VH1 Honors, Live by Request, Oprah Winfrey, Americanos PBS Special, Rosie O’Donnell, The View, Today Show, Hispanic Heritage Awards ’99 – present, Regis And Kathy Lee, Donny and Marie Show, Caribbean Soul Special or “alma Caribeña” with Gloria Estefan from The Bahamas and the Millennium Concert, “Unwrapped”- Gloria Estefan in Cesar’s Palace Las Vegas, and American Idol, as well as various shows throughout Europe, South America and Japan.
Edwin Bonilla has recorded in the following movie soundtracks: Anastasia-Walt Disney, Mark of Zorro, The Specialist, Make Me Dance, Something about Mary (also Appeared in the movie), Evita, The Perez Family, Steal Big Steal Little, Music of My Heart, Random Thoughts, Money Train, and in the Grammy awarded production of Sesame Street 25th Anniversary Elmopalooza (also appeared in video), Empire, and Chasing Papi, South Beach, and Steel Big, Steel Little. Also performed in the four year Broadway Play “On Your Feet” the story of rags to riches of Gloria & Emilio Estefan.
Endorsers: Latin Percussion (LP), Zildjian, Vic Firth, Remo, Drum Kat, and Audix Mic.