Grit Machine DNA: Miguel Martinez

by | Feb 13, 2023

Miguel Martinez is one of the most sought-after percussionists in the region. He has been playing Latin percussion since the age of 12 and has mastered many styles including, Jazz, World Music, R&B, Salsa, Merengue, among others.  But his real passion is playing the guiro, a native instrument from Puerto Rico and a key instrument in traditional music from Puerto Rico, known as música típica.

At the age of 4, Miguel began to extremely impress his family with musical actions towards his first instrument the “Puerto Rican guiro”. Miguel taught himself to play the guiro, congas and other percussion instruments around him.

Now as a consummate music professional, he has shared the stage with legendary performers such as: Jerry Rivera, Andy Montañez, Ismael Miranda, Tony Vega, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Grupo Mapeyé: Orquesta Criolla Nacional de Puerto Rico, Ecos de Borinquen, Omar Santiago, among many others.

Miguel is an extraordinary example of how faith, family and grit will take you to places you never imagined possible.

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