Scott Mahler (Musician) studied classical piano and guitar at an early age before becoming passionately interested as an adult in the polyrhythmic popular and sacred music of Cuba, particularly AfroCuban percussion. He has attended numerous classes and workshops in percussion in Havana and Matanzas, Cuba, where he studied with several of the country’s preeminent musicians and teachers, including Laureano Rigol, Roberto Vizcaino, and various members of the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba. He has worked as percussion accompanist for Ballet New England, while also serving on its board, and performed with various jazz, Latin, and Latin jazz bands in Boston, Washington, DC, and, more recently, Sarasota, Florida. Scott also served for many years as senior editor in ethnomusicology at the Smithsonian Institution Press, publishing Leonardo Acosta’s book Cuban Be Cubano Bop: One Hundred Years of Jazz in Cuba and Leonardo Padura's Faces of Salsa: A Spoken History of the Music.