Direct from Cuba
First time in US
Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor US tour 2011
October 8- New York, NY
October 10- Oakland
Fiesta de Bienvenida y aniversario
The House of Music
October 13- Santa Cruz, CA
October 14- San Francisco, CA
October 15- Bellingham, WA
Blue Horse Gallery
October 16- Seattle, WA
October 17- San Francisco, CA- Mission Cultural Center (Lecture)
October 19- Oakland, CA
The House of Music
October 20- Los Angeles, CA
October 22- Miami, FL
Ache Supper Club
Photo by Tom Ehrlich
First concert in US
New York city
First TV program in US TN3
"Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor" is one of the most popular new talents in the Salsa world offers an updated sound, with a fresh and youthful image. They have an extensive repertoire of popular dance music(salsa and timba), but also compose ballads, fusions and jazz. The group is comprised of seventeen musicians, who together create a unique sound that combines the old with the new.
Maykel Blanco was born on January 21, 1981 in Havana, Cuba. As very young child, Maykel was involved in cultural activities at school, as well as in his neighborhood and in other public places. He taught himself to play piano in order to write and arrange hs own songs. At the age of 12, he began to study percussion at night school "Geraldo Guanche" and later on at the conservatory "amadeo Roldan". When he was just 15 years old, he established received multiple awards.
At 18 years old, he formed his first orchestra: "Suprema Ley", associated to "Centro Provincial de la Musica Rafael Somavilla" in the province of Matanzas. Just two years later as the orchestra was created, a Spanish record company labeled "Envidia Record" included him in their catalog. The young Maykel became one of the most important music producers, revolutionizing the company's work. He produced over 12 CDs and recorded as a percussionist in more than 40 CDs.
At 23, Maykel founded Salsa Mayor acting as composer, arranger, pianist and backing vocalist. "Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor" made their first public debut in Havana, on October 10, 2004 and quickly exploded on the salsa scene. In 2005, with a very clear concept of current Cuban popular music, Maykel assumed the position as musical director of "Salsa Mayor" devoting all his energy, creativity and musical talent to the group. The sameyear, the group received five nominations and awards, one of which was "Best Art Direction" by the event Lucas, which promotes Cuban video production. Over a short time the group became in high demand and placed themselves amongst the top musical groups in Cuba.
The group has toured internationally through Italy, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Demark, Poland, Sweden and Peru, they have performed in important festivals, plazas and night clubs in major cities throughout the world. Since 2007, the group has been the center of attraction in the latino music stage in Europe. In Italy the group received the award for "The best Cuban popular music group" in 2006-2007. The same year, they received the prize for the best live concert in Paris, France. "Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor" faithfully continues the richness of Cuban popular music, and many consider them as "La Maquina Musical de Cuba" Popular pieces such "Recoge y vete", "Esto est" "Cimarron," "Que tengo," "Anda y Pegate", "Si le gusta repite," and Quitame lo malo" among others, have enshrined Maykel Blanco to the list great creators. In 2008 "Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor" ranked first in the Hits Parade of Cuban Radio, gaining even more followers in the country and abroad.
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