Calixto Oviedo是拉丁格萊美提名藝術家(La Rumba del Siglo, 2000)，同時是Gretsch Drums、Tycoon percussion、靈音鈸及Vic Firth的代言人。 Calixto在其三十八年的職業生涯中曾與包括Paquito D’Rivera、Arturo Sandoval、Gonzalo Rubalcaba、 Chucho Valdes、Danilo Perez 等在內的世界多位知名藝術家合作。
Calixto Oviedo於1955年10月14日出生於古巴哈瓦那的Barrio of La Vibora區。早在兩三歲時他就有關於音樂的記憶﹣他記得坐在電視機前，手裡拿著玩具小提琴跟著電視里他他最喜歡的阿拉貢樂隊(Orquesta Aragon)一起演奏。四歲時這個年輕的天才已經知道自己真正愛好的是打鼓。玩具小提琴早已不知道丟到哪裡去了，他的新寵是一個塑料桶、若干罐子和一個平底鍋，以衣架為鼓槌，橋的不亦樂乎。
Calixto 在8歲進入音樂學校學習時他已經是一個頗有程度的、與專業樂隊合作的樂手。17歲時他與NG La Banda樂隊的若干知名樂手一起組建了自己的樂隊。他本人亦曾經是NG La Banda的鼓手，並且在他作為鼓手期間NG La Banda樂隊曾發行了包括《Santa Palabra》《Échale Limón》《El Trágico》在內的多張知名唱片。九十年代中期他移居瑞典，並與其子Yulién及其他Charanga Habanera的核心成員一起發行了一張頗非常棒的Timba唱片《La Recompensa》。他還是Afro-Cuban全明星樂隊的鼓手。2013年7月Calixto從瑞典斯德哥爾摩移居到美國科羅拉多州的萊克伍德市，自此他在表演之外，還在美國主流大學包括科羅拉多大學波德分校、加州州立大學洛杉磯分校及伯克利音樂學院教學。
哥倫比亞Feria de Cali，蒙特勒爵士音樂節，Paleo搖滾音樂節，巴拿馬嘉年華；法國尼斯爵士音樂節；丹麥羅斯基勒音樂節；西班牙馬德里Salsa音樂節；荷蘭北海爵士音樂節；比利時Antillansefeesten音樂節；西班牙巴塞羅那Salsa音樂節；意大利翁布里亞爵士樂節；比利時Couleur Café；意大利圣雷莫音樂節；拉脫維亞Riga Ritmi音樂節；丹麥哥本哈根爵士音樂節；德國Nordischerklang；德國哥廷根爵士音樂節；以色列埃拉特紅海爵士音樂節；芬蘭伊馬特拉大樂隊節；瑞典于默奧爵士音樂節；挪威奧斯陸世界音樂節；秘魯Feria del Pacifico；芬蘭赫爾辛基Frutas Tropicales；挪威莫爾德爵士音樂節；意大利烏迪內爵士音樂節；意大利A Sulle Bocce；加拿大蒙特利爾音樂節；波特蘭爵士音樂節；新加坡太陽藝術節。
Calixto Oviedo is a Latin Grammy nominated artist (2000 La Rumba del Siglo) and is endorsed by Gretsch Drums, Tycoon percussion, Soultone Cymbals and Vic Firth. Calixto has had the opportunity to play with numerous internationally known artists including Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chucho Valdes, Danilo Perez and many others with acareer that spans over 38 years.
Calixto Oviedo was born on October 14, 1955 in the Havana Barrio of La Vibora. Calixto’s earlier musical memories were at the age of two or three, waiting in front of the television, toy violin in hand, to play along with performances of his favorite band, Orquesta Aragon. It was at the advanced age of four, however, that it became clear to the young prodigy that his true calling was to play the drums. The toy violin was discarded in favor of a plastic bucket, several cans, and a frying pan, all of which he played with drumsticks fashioned from coat hangers.
He joined the conservatory at the age of eight, but by then he was already a formidable player and started paying with a professional band. He formed his own band at the age of 17 with various future players of the NG La Banda.
He was the drummer with NG La Banda during the period that produced many of their greatest recordings, including Santa Palabra, Échale Limón, and El Trágico.
In the mid-90’s, he relocated to Sweden, during which time he made an excellent Timba recording, “La Recompensa” with his son Yulién, and other key members of Charanga Habanera. He was also the drummer for the Afro-Cuban All Stars band.
Calixto moved from Stockholm to Lakewood, CO in July of 2013. Since then he has been performing and teaching clinics at major United States Universities, such as University of Colorado at Boulder (CU), California State University at Los
Angeles (CSULA), and Berklee College of Music.
He has been honored to play at this various festivals around the world:
Feria de Cali, Colombia ; Montreaux Jazz Festival,
Paleo Rock Festival, Carnaval in Panamá, Nice jazz Festival, France; Roskilde Festival, Festival de Salsa en Madrid, Spain; North Sea Jazz Festival, Netherlands; Antillansefeesten, Belgium; Festival de Salsa en Barcelona, Spain; Umbria
Jazz, Italy; Couleur Café, Belgium; Festival di San Remo, Italy; Riga Ritmi Festival, Latvia; Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Denmark; Nordischerklang, Germany; Gottingen Jazz Festival, Germany; Red Sea Jazz Festiva, Eilat – Israel; Imatra Big
Band Festival, Finland; Umeå Jazz Festival, Sweden; Oslo World Music, Norway; Salsa Festival, Madrid, Spain; Feria del Pacifico, Peru; Frutas Tropicales, Helsinki – Finland; Molde Jazz Festival, Molde, Norway; Udine jazz –Italy; A Sulle
Bocce –Italy; Montreal Jazz Festival –Canada; Portland Jazz Festival; Sun Festival –Singapore.
As of October 1st, 2014, Calixto became a professor at the California State University at Los Angeles (CSULA).