Barrera has been perfecting his craft since the age of 5, when he discovered his passion for music and taught himself to play various percussion instruments, including cajon, claves, bongo, congas and various African drums. Turning professional at 19, Barrera composed jingles for various Peruvian commercials, then joined Acuarela Criolla (1992-1996), a musical group and percussion school inspired by Peruvian cajon experts Eusebio Sirio Pititi and Ronny Campos. He also became part of Peruvian singer Cecilia Barraza’s ensemble, with which he traveled throughout Europe, Costa Rica, and the US.
Since moving to California in 2000, Barrera has performed with various Peruvian dance companies and salsa bands, including Chino Espinoza, Tabaco Eron, and the Grammy-winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra. In 2004, he contributed to the Motorcycle Diaries soundtrack and in 2007 he performed salsa for the NBC film, Cane.
Somos el Son regularly performs at salsa venues and events across the Bay Area, bringing their energetic, dynamic show to such places as Café Cocomo, Club Milano and The Agenda Lounge.