Introducing our Opening Act, Maikel Garcia and M Project
A Cuban native, with degrees in both music performance and education from conservatories in Santiago, Maikel Garcia is a saxophonist and composer noted for his complex and innovative improvisation. He grew up in a home alive with bossanova, classical, and Afro-Cuban music. Today, he combines jazz with his Latin roots and funk to create a unique fusion of rhythms.
A current resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Maikel’s musical journey led him from Cuba to Belize, Ecuador, and Mexico. As a soloist and bandleader of M Project, he’s played with the legendary Cuban percussionist Carlos Perrote, guitar virtuoso Jorge Triana, and internationally renowned guitarist Ale Dimogli of Argentina. M Project features Edgar Pantoja on keyboard, Yanill Nario on bass, and percussionist Sylvestre Martinez.
Recent works include Maikel's album, Para Suerte Mia
; film scores; and original commercial music for organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, and Europe.
Maikel is also a friend of Caminar. Since 2017, he has been a Teaching Artist in the Expressive Arts program, bringing therapeutic music to individuals in recovery from mental health crises.
"Maikel's music is profoundly beautiful. He lives his art and his music reflects the inner-soul of each of us."
-Studio 54 – Belize
“His heart fills the lyrics and his blood runs through the rhythms.”
-Amazon and iTunes reviewers