The San Diego Sound Project: David Castañeda

Saturday, February 26, 2022 @ 7:00 PM (Pacific)
  • Museum Members receive a 10% ticket discount

Event Details

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger David Castañeda, PhD brings an evening of original music with influences from across the Americas and the Caribbean. His repertoire is characterized by a fusion of many different traditions, reflecting his study and career performing the music of Brazil, Cuba, and the United States.

The San Diego Sound Project

This concert series highlights emerging groups or artists within the San Diego region. The project is supported by an advisory committee that includes GRAMMY Award winning producer and UCSD faculty member Kamau Kenyatta, CSUSM Professor and Center ARTES Executive Director Dr. Merryl Goldberg, Grossmont College Music Department Chair Derek Cannon, Emmy Award-winning composer and MiraCosta College faculty member Christy Coobatis, and Connections Chamber Music Series Co-Founder Bridget Dolkas.

The San Diego Sound Project has been made possible in part by The Conrad Prebys Foundation.

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 The Museum's live stream capabilities were enhanced thanks to a grant from the City of Carlsbad's Cultural Arts Office.

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About the Artist

David Castañeda

David Castañeda

David Castañeda first began autodidactically, referring back to his parents’ Oscar D’Leon, Grupo Niche, and various other caribbean dance music records, listening intently to understand how the percussion functioned in Latin music. He met respected percussionist Julio Areas at a rehearsal and began studying under Areas, with whom David studied artists like Amadito Valdez, Orestes Vilato, Samuel Formell, and the great Jose Luis Quintana “Changuito” closely.

Upon graduating high school, David began studying music academically, emphasizing in Jazz composition and arrangement at the University of California, San Diego. He would go on to study and perform with faculty such as David Borgo and Mark Dresser, as well as GRAMMY award-winning producer Kamau Kenyatta, with whom David has worked with ever since. Outside of the university, David performed musics ranging from salsa to modern jazz, with artists such as Charlie Chavez, Richard Sellers, Joe Garrison, Gilbert Castellanos, GRAMMY Award-winners Curtis Taylor, Alan Philips, and many others.

David completed his B.A. in 2013 with honors, then was accepted into the Afro-Latin Master of Music program at California State University, Los Angeles. There he would study under Calixto Oviedo and Euro Zambrano, earning his M.M. in Afro-Latin in 2015. In that time, David continued to work in genres ranging from Latin American dance music to modern jazz, with various bands in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas.


The Museum has updated its COVID-19 safety protocols for all concerts taking place at the Museum of Making Music. Effective immediately, concert attendees will need to do one of the following:

  • Vaccinated patrons will need to present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, OR...
  • Unvaccinated patrons will need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72-hours prior to the event.

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  • Wearing a mask in the building is required for all concert attendees regardless of vaccination status.
  • All concert attendees will also be asked to sign a COVID-19 liability waiver upon arrival.