Singer, guitartist, songwriter and drummer
Orlando Morales was born was born into a family of musicians in
Laredo, Texas on April 1950. His musical family included guitarists,
pianists, saxophonists and singers.
Mostly self-taught, Orlando spent his pre-teen years listening and
learning from the Neito family who had a family restaurant in Monroe,
MI. He often spent late-night hours listening to their music.
Orlando began his professional career as a drummer and
singer with the "Haymarket Riot" band in the '60's. They
released one album and a 45 rpm "A Sunny Day Song/Leaving".
he had some formal training at Thos. Jefferson College in Allendale
MI, where he fondly remembers learning "veena"and "konokol",
the vocalization of rhythms from Southern India, as taught by Rangaramanuja
Rangaramaruja Ayyansar and the Carnatic Music
Later, he became the konokolist in a quartet performing at universities
in the Southern Michigan area. He was a guitarist, percussionist and
singer in 1970-1972 with "The Full Moon Orchestra" who played
in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Georgia. Later, in 1984, he joined
Kermit Maxwell and James Schneider as the drummer in the James Schneider
trio, who were active in Atlanta, and from '87-'90, he played drums
in LeScott's "Jazz Opera". Additionally, he can be heard
on the recording of "Bill Evan's Memorial Songbook", an
independent production by "Evolving Arts".
performed as a singer, guitarist and drummer with "Saffron Moon"
in 1993, a sextet which toured North American cities on a concert
tour to benefit the African Relief Fund. From 1973 to 2005, he has
been a regular performer at the yoga gatherings of Ananda Marga in
Willow Springs, MO.
Since 1979, Orlando has produced eight solo albums. He also appeared
as a drummer on two other albums: "Vestido de Luna" and
"Bill Evans' Memorial Songbook". Currently, he resides in
Efland, NC, where is is active in the community. He owns a store,
the "Native Threads" on Ninth Street in Durham NC.