Ralph Irizarry
at the Arka Lounge, New York City

Brooklyn native, Ralph Irizarry, and his band, Timbalaye, recently performed at the Arka Lounge in New York City. Such talented artists as Bob Franceschini, Alex Norris, and Luis Perdomo have created musical arrangements for this "tight" seven-piece group. Ralph has backed up performers like Ray Barretto, and Luis Perdomo, and he has the distinction of being one of the only American-born, Latin percussionists to be invited to record in Cuba with Issac Delgado.

In 1997, Ralph was given a prototype set of LP® Tito Puente Bronze Timbales to try out. They have proven to have an extraordinary cascara sound. LP® is proud to announce that the LP Tito Puente Bronze Timbales are now available as part of it’s product line.

Ralph and his band have two albums currently in release on the Shanachie label. Listen to their cutting edged sound on the following samples recorded by Congahead.com at the Arka Lounge. Sound Sample 1 l Sound Sample 2 l Sound Sample 3

You can view images of Ralph’s performance by clicking here.