Yissy García Yissy García

Yissy Garcia is a female drummer born on May 29th, 1987 in Havana, bearing great musical heritage from her father and main inspiration, drummer Bernardo Garcia, who was one of the founders of legendary Irakere band. At nine years old she started studying percussion at the music school and for more than a decade she developed her skills during the academic training receiving several awards as percusionist. On this period she had the chance to play with internationally prestigious musicians like Horacio Hernández (El Negro), Giovanny Hidalgo, Arturo Tappin and Roy Hargrove. From 2006 to 2011 she was a member of the all female Salsa band Anacaona, performing all through Cuba and on international festivals. Young gifted Yissy has a growing interest on jazz and begins to stand out as one of the new talents of the country. Working close together with jazz players like Alexis Bosch, Bobby Carcasés and Yasek Manzano was instrumental on this part of her development as a performer. In 2012, she decided to launch her solo career taking her first steps as composer and bandleader with the project YISSY & BANDANCHA, a quintent whose core is to do fusion with jazz and various genres. She is now a regular guest on the most renowned festivals of Cuban music, Jazz Plaza, JoJazz, Ellas Crean, Havana World Music, etc. A side from the work with her project, she works extensivelyon new releases by renowned Cuban artists and bands like Interactivo, Alexis Bosch and Telmary

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Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, arguably the premier Cuban drummer of his generation, was at the lunch (he’s known García since she was a child and they are now planning a project together) and called her “the leading figure in modern Cuban drumming.”

- Fernando González, Artburst

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