Julissa Vale

Percussion - Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion

Julissa is a Brooklyn bred Puerto Rican percussionist who began her musical journey with Johnny "Mr. Boogaloo Blues" Colon at his East Harlem School of Music. She next studied with Jimmy Delgado at Boys and Girls Harbor Conservatory. Julissa's interests in percussion expanded to drumset. The kit led her Paula Spiro's Female Drummers Workshop. Drummers Collective with John Amira, Memo Acevedo and Adriano Santos followed shortly after, as well as, djembe studies with Michael Markus. When her "roots music," Bomba and Plena, called, she looked to the Pleneros de la 21 and Alberto "Tito" Cepeda. She has also studied with NYC based afro-brazilian drummer, Dende Macedo, as well as, Mestre Paulinho, Mestre Neco and Macambira in Bahia, Brazil.

Julissa would eventually play with Ronnie Roc and Victor Jones, both of whose mentoring paved the way for her sound and exposed her to the world of Jazz and World Music. Since then, she has played with NYC based bands such as Purple Crush, Jason Micheal's Tuesday's Child, Ya Esta, Olhos D'Agua and Tato Torres and Yerbabuena. In 2007 she was featured in Emmy Award Winner Jason Samuels Smith's A.C.G.I show at Sadler's Wells, London.

Julissa is also a Teaching Artist throughout New York City. She has worked with Song and Beat, The Harbor Charter School and Exponents. Julissa Vale was featured in the Summer 2011 issue of VOICES: The Journal of New York Folklore.