He was born in La Plata on 4th December in 1951. He
studied classical percussion in La Plata Conservatory with Ernesto
Ringer (percussionist from Colon theatre).
He studied how to play the drums with Mingo Martino for two years
and the perfecting with Horacio Gianello. He was a member of the
group called “Avatar” the only one in Argentina that plays two
drums. He recorded the long Play titled “Today is better” being part
of this group.
In 1984 he edited the congas method (Massai) in which he teaches
conga by music an make a deep study of his techniques, different
sounds, metrics, different styles and fillings.
In 1985 he was part of the duet called Yamvalou in which the
drummer Ricky Vecchio played and both of them participated in “Mar
del Jazz Festival” in Necochea city.
During 1985 he was part of the experimental group “el concierto del
pequeño tiempo” integrated by the flutist Andres Varan who
participated in the Festival too and played at The Cultural entre of
Buenos Aires. He also was a guest of a group integrated by Chango
Farias Gomez the “monkey” Izaurralde and Pablo Trosman at the same
festival accompanying the actress Leonor Soria.
In 1987 he taught percussion in the cultural centre Fortunato
Lacamera. He was a member of the fussion group “La Flota” with
Horacio Moscovici (ex Adolfo Mederos pianist) and the bass player
Duilio Fonda. He played with them at the “Mar del Jazz festival” in
1988 and 1989 and he travelled round Rio Negro with them too. In
1989 he was part of the concert “the Captain verses" Which was
played by Chilean musicians Claudio and Jorge Castillo. In September
of 1989 he make a master drums clinic at Santa Fe theatre. In 1991
he offered various concerts at he ITF and San Martin theatre with
the Senegalese percussionist Ba Mamour. In 1992 he edited the method
“The science of the rhythm form”. It was about algebra applied to
the drums, that shows the ways into the rhythmic investigation. In
1993 he played a solo at “Mar del Jazz Festival” using a set
integrated by 7 congas, 2 deep Bongoes and 2 bonges. It was called
Yellow Orchestra (Orquesta Amarilla)
and he played at Bellas Artes at La Plata University with this
In December 1993 he dictated a course of Percussion at Santa Fe
cultural yard with Lucio Venturini, drummer of the local group
“Carne viva”. In 1994 he played with the Yellow Orchestra at Mar
del Jazz festival and was part of the group of the Swedish saxophone
player Hakan Lewin and the pianist Aldo Meristo from stonia. In 1998
he played again next to Ba Mamour at Cultural Centre of Recoleta
dictating percussion and African dances classes in the same place
and in Amura foundation, EMU and at the school of Afro dance Foro
53.He studied Table for six years with Sanjai Badhoria (hindu
In 2001 he participated in the Worldwide Percussion Festival
Percuba 2001 held in La Habana, Cuba, with the Yellow Orchestra,
sharing the scene with famous percussionists such as “Changuito” and
Ta Ta Guine.
In 2002 he introduced his new job called “The time passenger” next
to the Yellow Orchestra. He participated in the 1st
Percussion Festival of Argentina (BAP) organizated by National Head
office of music with the Orquesta Amarilla.
In 2003 he participated in the 2nd Percussion Festival
of Argentina (BAP).
He was awarded with a mention due to his dedication and trajectory
in Percuba Festival held in Bs. As.
In 2004 he participated in the 3rd Percussion Festival
in Bs. As. He also took part in the 1st Percussion
Festival organizated by the Percussion Art Society of USA at the
Conservatory of Bs, As and in the Mar del Plata percussion festival.
In 2005 he performed a concert at Mar del Plata auditorium with
the Orquesta Amarilla. He introduced his new CD Tamborea Suite and
went round Patagonia dictating courses in General Roca and the
Superior School of Music of Neuquen, and giving concerts as well. He
presented Tamborea Suite at ND/Ateneo theatre of Bs. As, at the 2nd
Mar del Plata percussion festival in “Astor Piazzola room at the
auditorium of Mar del Plata and in The International Jazz festival
in La Plata.
Forms the Argentinean Percussion Duo with the drummer Lucio
Venturini and they give clinics and concerts for Argentina.
In the 2006 he make workshops-concerts, clinics and continues their
studies with the teacher of Hindu percussion Sanjay Badhoria. In
November 2007 he participated with the
Argentina Percussion Duo of the 3rd Mar del Plata Percussion
Festival and Frame Drums Clinic at the E.M.U La Plata School of
Music Education in December.
In 2008 he gave a Frame Drums Clinic at the 5th Mar del Plata
Percussion Festival in November.
Concert with the Argentina Percussion Duo at the Bs As Drum Fest
2008 in December.
In 2009 concert with the Argentina Percussion Duo at the 1st Drum
Fest del Litoral (Santa Fe) on August 14.
Tumbadoras Clinic at the 1st Drum Fest of the Litoral (Santa Fe) on
Concert with the Argentina Percussion Duo at the 6th Mar del Plata
Percussion Festival in October.
Tabla and Frame Drums Clinic at the 6th Mar del Plata Percussion
Concert with the rock group CARNEVIVA in Paraná on 11-11-2009
Concert with the Argentina Percussion Duo at the 5th Tres Arroyos
Percussion Festival on November 21 and 22.
Frame Drums and Tumbadoras Clinic at the 5th Tres Arroyos Percussion
In 2010 Tabla and Frame Drums Clinic in the Bodega del Teatro
Auiditorium in Mar del Plata 7-2-2010.
Tabla and Frame Drums Clinic at the Mar del Plata International
Percussion Festival 10-30-2010.
In 2011 Clinic of Table and Frame Drums in the Litoral Drum Fest of
Santa Fe 17-Sep-2011.
Concert with the Argentina Percussion Duo at the Litoral Drum Fest
in Santa Fe 16 -9-2011.Concert by Daniel Mele and the Yellow
Orchestra at the Mar del Plata International Festival 21-10-2011.
Concert by Daniel Mele and the Yellow Orchestra with the group
Danzares at the Mar del Plata International Festival 22-10-2011.
In 2012 Concert by Daniel Mele and the Yellow Orchestra with guest
musicians at the Colón theater in Mar del Plata 15-7-2012.
In 2013 Concert by Daniel Mele and the Yellow Orchestra with guest
musicians in Mar del Plata Percussion 2013.
He currently gives workshops and percussion clinics about: drums,
congas, bongo, djembé, timbales, Irish bodhran, daf, bendir and
occidental music notation for percussion instruments.