Born on October 17, 1975 and raised in Chihuahua, Chih. México, Adrián Terrazas-González grew up surrounded by the traditional music of Central-America, from Danzón, Boleros and Rumba to Son and Mambo. Adrián began developing his musical ability starting at the age of 10. He was inclined to play the the Tenor Saxophone and the Flute with an understanding of classical music and a peculiar attraction to Jazz music. Five years later he took on the Clarinet. His grandmother, a "Danzón Nut" according to Adrián, urged her grandson in that direction, but the young player had already picked out a model for himself - John W. Coltrane.
2001 was a year that would profoundly impact Adrián’s music. While pursuing his sociological and musical studies at The University of Texas at El Paso he learned more about the transmission of these ideas and theories through music. In an effort to track the development of certain philosophical and spiritual traditions observed by ancient cultures, Adrián arranged to meet, learn and creatively
collaborate with musicians involved with traditions originating from West Africa. One of his main interests was the Yoruba tradition (predominantly out of western Nigeria), the ancient African religion underlying Santeria (Cuba and Puerto Rico), Candombl (Baha, Brazil), Vodun (Haiti) and Cu Taan (México).
In 2004, Adrián joined The Mars Volta recording the studio album Frances the Mute and has
continues to work with the band (as full flesh member) on subsequent albums (Live Scabdates 2005, Amputechture 2006) and all of The Mars Volta side projects (movie scores, DVD‘s etc). The group includes guitarist Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez, lyricist/vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, bassist John Alderete, guitarist Paul Hinojos-González, drummer Thomas Pridgen, percussionist Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez and keyboardist Isaiah Ikey Owens. Through his work with The Mars Volta, Adrián went on to earn his first Grammy Award in 2008 on the Best Rock Performance category with the song "Wax Simulacra." Working with The Mars Volta has helped Adrián gain further exposure as an multi-Intrumentalist particularly in Europe. TV performances of The Mars Volta include: The Henry Rollins Show, The Tonight Show and The BBC just to mention a few.
Adrián’s solid performance and versatility has allowed him the opportunity to perform with a wide variety of professionals in the musical world. Adrián has shared the stage and recorded with the likes of Larry Harlow, Erik A. Unsworth, Dr. Willy Hill, Dr. Donald Wilkinson, Damo Suzuki, Lenny Castro, Money Mark Nishita, Jay Azzolina, Los Lobos, Reggie Young, Ozomatli, EMI Gospel Artist Smokie Norful, Brian Allen, John Alderete and Lisa Papineau/Big Sir (Und Und Die Scheiße Ändert Sich Immer 2006), Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez Quintet (Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez 2005, Please Heat This Eventually 2007, Se Dice Bisonte, No Búfalo 2007, music scoring for the Guillermo Arriaga Jordan and Jorge Hernandez Aldana film El Búfalo de la Noche performed by The Mars Volta), Robert Carranza, Antonio Sánchez, Bob Sheppard, Hans Glawishing, John Beasley, Brian Lynch,John Frusciante, Tom Kessler, Juliette Lewis, Gil Cervantes, Rafael Alcala, Shaun Martin, Jonathan Hischkz and Deantoni Parks, among others.
Adrián’s professional involvement with the music industry has continued to develop under his own publishing and record label EL REGIMEN Music and his ensemble EL REGIMEN Collective. He collaborates with an eclectic number of international musicians, tours on an intensive yearly worldwide schedule, while teaching workshops to numerous school districts and universities around the world.