And in 2016

Wow! What a year!

Life has been pretty hectic this year and today I find myself writing this after playing the Beacon Theatre here in NYC with Mexican superstar Thalia. I'm super thankful for all this opportunities and blessings and all the people that have helped me get to this moment.

I've been blessed to join Thalia and her incredible band for her "Latina Love Tour" promoting her new album "Latina". Never in a thousand years I would have imagined that, last summer, when I went to visit superhero Marc Quiñones at Avatar for a session for her album, I was actually getting a preview of the job I'd have to prepare for.

 

2016 has been full of work including 8 y mas, La India, Plena Libre, Jeremy Bosch, Mango Blue, Lila Downs, Powell Fouche Latin Jazz Group, Eddie Palmieri, Domino Saints and recording sessions including Nadia Washington, Oskar Cartaya etc.

I'll post more stuff later on when tour is over.

With love,

Marcos

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...Summer '15

Summer is technically over in the Northern Hemisphere of our world. Meanwhile, in the lower half of the world, winter is ending and flowers will start blossoming soon.

 

The last time I wrote here, summer was starting and I was getting ready for a tour with Plena Libre in the U.S. We toured around the Midwest and the West Coast and played the Pan Am games in Toronto. It felt incredible to experience representing Puerto Rico and our Plena around the world with this band while trying to push the limits a bit on the way that timbales are played in this genre. 

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The summer residency at the Rainbow Room in New York City with Max Weinberg Orchesthra turned out to be a success and lots of fun. Every Monday was packed with music lovers & dancers looking forward to enjoy a big band that featured some of the best players I've ever met in NY.

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All of that happened, but new things have occurred as well.

I just got back from the great country of Chile where Gonzalo Grau's Plural group featuring Manolo Mairena, Alex Alvear, David Rivera and myself on percussion played at the Maestra Vida Club for a whole weekend.

 I want to give special thanks to Charlie, Paz, Eduardo and Miguel for the amazing hospitality and also to all the Chilean musicians and friends that are now brothers and sisters for their given love & support.

At the moment, I'm multitasking by writing this, doing laundry and packing for the Lila Downs Fall tour at the same time which, by the way, starts Sept. 19th at the Los Angeles Pantages Theater. 

 

Here are the rest of the dates:

September 19 - Los Angeles-Pantages Theater

September 22- Tucson, Az-Fox Theater

September 24- El Paso, Tx-The Plaza Theater Performing Arts Center

October 1- New York-Apollo Theater

October 3- Miami-The Fillmore

 

I hope to see some of you out there on the road!

All the best,

 

Marcos

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Lila Downs at KEXP

On April 27, I had the chance of stopping by the legendary radio station KEXP in Seattle, WA as part of the Lila Downs "Balas Y Chocolates" tour. Why legendary? Just look at the walls around the studio, all the gold records and posters signed with a bunch of my favorite bands. I got really excited when I saw one for The Postal Service's "Give Up", an album that was very special to me during my time at Berklee. We had the opportunity of recording four tunes live for radio and some video that will be released soon. During that time, the amazing Charina Pitzel took flawless pictures of the band while we sound-checked and recorded. Here are some of them and you can see more of Charina's work for KEXP here. Stay tuned for the fall dates with Lila in September and October.

 

En Abril 27, tuve la oportunidad de pasar por la legendaria estación de radio KEXP en Seattle como parte de la gira "Balas y Chocolates" con Lila Downs. Tuvimos la oportunidad de grabar cuatro canciones en vivo para radio y video que estarán en su pagina web pronto. Durante éste tiempo la gran fotógrafa Charina Pitzel nos tomó fotos espectaculares mientras probábamos el sonido y grabamos. Abajo hay varias de ellas. Pronto estaré compartiendo las fechas de la gira de otoño con Lila.

All the best,

Marcos

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Welcome!

Welcome!

Finally, my website is ready for me to share it with you. I'll be sharing new updates and sneak peaks so stay tuned for that.

Let's begin:

So far, 2015 has been a year filled with wonderful blessings. It began with concerts including salsa greats like La India, Ismael Miranda, Tito Nieves, Gilberto Santa Rosa and Jerry Rivera.

About five months ago, I became a percussionist for the Max Weinberg Orchestra, who's director is also the drummer for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and former musical director of Conan O' Brien's Late Night Show in NBC.  We will have a summer residency at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan.

Around March, I had the pleasure of performing with Alex Alvear and Mango Blue, one of my favorite bands, at the Regattabar in Boston and also recorded with them at Congahead Studios.

In April, I had the blessing of going on tour around the U.S. and Canada with Grammy Award winner Lila Downs. Playing on stage with her and her band as well as learning from their culture was an amazing delight. 

For the past few months, I’ve been recording drums and percussion on the great Jeremy Bosch’s upcoming fall album, plus recorded timbales in a new single for colombian singer Fonseca. 

As I’m writing this, I’m getting ready to play 3 more concerts with Gilberto Santa Rosa and preparing to represent Puerto Rico around North America with Plena Libre.

Stay tuned for some surprises!.

All the best,

Marcos