Born and raised in the Mission District of San Francisco to parents from Diriamba, Nicaragua, Silva composed the album to be a rich sonata, or musical journey that reflects the influences that conceived his artistic persona; a dynamic product of the Americas.
“I come from a strong Nicaraguan family, rooted in complex mythology and spiritual traditions,” Silva says. “I also grew up in the Mission, which offered me a range of powerful influences from Aztec dancing to Afro Cuban Santeria and everything in between and it all shines through on the album.”
Compositionally Silva fuses Afro-Cuban ritual drumming, Funk, EDM, Dixieland, Jazz, instrumental Pop and other styles, while paying homage to the tradition of trumpet players and composers that came before him. The final product is a modern take on traditional Latin Jazz styles that offers a fresh sound and clean product for a broad audience.
“Silva’s trumpet technique echoes the sound of seasoned singer who delivers emotional power through nuance and tone. As a bugler announces the new day, Mario proposes a new era of genres that are rooted in mythology as a path to the sound of the future.” Greg Landau, producer of the album, said.
As a multi-faceted musician who has been playing for 21-years, Silva’s distinct style has landed him recognition and respect within the global music community, earning him a certificate Grammy for his performance with Morgan Heritage on “Strictly Roots,” a record that was awarded best album of the year in 2015.