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March, 2014, Ezequiel is bound for Boulder,CO where he will hold Afro-Cuban cultural workshops with Marisol Blanco. Classes will be for all ages and levels, integrating the students of dance, drum, and song into the same classroom with the end goal of immersing the students in the rich culture while having a great time.

November, 2013, Ezequiel visits Duke University for the "Lucumi Music:Singing, Dancing, and Drumming Black Divinity" conference where he percussion and engaged in discussions regarding the historical and cultural aspects of the sacred music of Lucumi.

January, 2012, Ezequiel is serving as South Florida Folklife Center's artist-in-residence University's Center for the Music of the Americas sponsored event.

In September, 2012, Ezequiel visited Tallahassee for the Florida Folklife Program and Florida State University's Center for the Music of the Americas sponsored event .

In 2010, Ezequiel won the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship Award. Ezequiel performed with friends and family at the award ceremony held in the Strathmore auditorium in Washinton D.C.

Ezequiel Torres (m) receiving the Florida Folk Heritage Award, flanked by Florida Governor Charlie Christ (r) and Secretary of State Kurt Browning (l). (2008)
Ezequiel Torres (center) performs at an event in Miami, FL (part of 2006 IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance & Music Festival)

For more than two decades Ezequiel has traveled nationally and internationally to play in traditional ceremonies, educational and recreational performances and to teach all levels of students about Afro-cuban music and culture.

In April 2008, Ezequiel received the prestigious Florida Folk Heritage Award, given annually by the Florida State Department . At the beginning of the year, he performed in Madrid, Spain and as always has had a very busy schedule.

In 2007, Ezequiel performed at numerous festivals including the annual IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance & Music Festival organized by his sister, choreographer and dancer Neri Torres (director of IFE-ILE).

In 2007, for the first time, the festival was held in Boulder, Colorado as well as Miami, FL. Ezequiel's bata drumming workshops in Colorado were so popular that his students regularly invite him back to teach workshops.

In 2006 and 2007, one of Ezequiel's beautifully beaded bantés was on exhibit in Washington, DC at the National Bead Museum, as an example of sacred beadwork from around the world. Ezequiel was also the subject of a chapter in "Just Above the Water: Florida Folk Art," by Kristin G. Congdon and Tina Bucuvalas (published in 2006).