A native of Havana, Cuba, Maestro Galarraga was a founding member of the distinguished Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba and the Folkloric Ballet of Cuba.  For over 60 years he has been a drummer, dancer and singer in the afro-cuban folkloric and religious tradition.  He has recorded and performed with Herbie Hancock, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Chucho Valdes, Paquito D’Rivera, Placido Domingo and many others. He played at the 1996 Atlantic City Olympics and has appeared at the White House before President George H. W. Bush, Sr.