Marcos J. Lopez
Puerto Rico born percussionist Marcos J. Lopez is one of the most promising percussionists emerging in the music scene. Armed with a profound reputation for transitioning seamlessly between styles ranging from Salsa to Jazz, Pop to R&B. Marcos studied with great musicians like Anthony Carrillo, David Marcano, Chago Martinez, John Blackwell, John Ramsey, Mike Mangini, Ernesto Diaz, Jamey Haddad, Victor Mendoza, Giovanni Hidalgo and Eguie Castrillo.
Marcos has worked with different artists including N’Klabe, Issac Delgado, Victor Manuelle, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Larry Harlow, Plena Libre, Wisin & Yandel, Wyclef Jean, Jerry Rivera, Kalani Trinidad, Omar Sosa and shared stages with musicians like Phillip Bailey, Juan Luis Guerra, Ruben Blades, Chucho Valdez, Victor Wooten, Paoli Mejias, Giovanni Hidalgo, Cachao, Sheila E., Roberto Roena, Steve Winwood, Dave Valentin, Oskar Cartaya, Rosa Passos, Mario Rivera, Luis Enrique, Tito DeGracia and many more.
Coming from a musical family, Marcos began playing congas, timbales and bongos at the age of two years old. At the age of seven he entered to the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico. Several years later he entered Escuela Libre de Musica (from which he graduated from in 2006.) During his time at Escuela Libre de Musica, Marcos attended the Berklee in Puerto Rico Workshops which gave him the opportunity to perform at the Heineken Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico for five consecutive years. In 2005, he won a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston where he graduated with a degree in Music Business & Management.
Marcos is also part of “La Timbistica”, a group of “Latin Jazz” music that has headlined the Heineken Jazz Fest in Puerto Rico, the Monterey Jazz Fest in California, DC Jazz Festival in Washington D.C, the Saratoga Jazz Festival in NY. They were awarded Downbeat Magazine’s 2008 Jazz Group of the Year Award, in the collegiate category.
Marcos is continually working to reach new levels musically and artistically. His evolution rests on a solid foundation layered with diligence, a strong work ethic and professionalism. Always striving for growth and improvement, Marcos Lopez is on a journey destined for continued success.