Yissy Garcia–a composer and drummer- is one of the most powerful artists of this new generation of Cuban musicians. Born into a musical family headed by renowned Cuban percussionist Bernardo Garcia, Yissy has ushered in a new era of "high-speed Cuban jazz," which fuses street conga and rumba, plenty of drums, bass and funk -- all rhythms the artist says are "carried in our blood."
Considered one of Cuba’s most dynamic and innovative musicians who defies genre and tradition with every funky groove, she demonstrates the art of combining traps and percussion, drawing from the wealth of Cuban folkloric and popular styles alongside serious jazz and funk. Yissy has quickly become an iconic figure of female percussion in Cuba and beyond, having performed with the likes of Dave Matthews, Esperanza Spalding, Omara Portuondo and Bobby Carcasses, and has been likened to “the Cuban version of Terri Lyne Carrington” by Tom Tom Magazine. Since 2012, she leads Bandancha, an off-the-charts quintet that follows the routes of Latin jazz, funk, and afro Cuban music. Its first record, Última Noticia (2015), joined the island´s musical scene as a paradigm of the most contemporary sound. She is part of the line up of Maqueque, together with the Canadian sax player Jane Bunnett, whose first record, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, won the Juno Award to the best Jazz Album and the second record, Oddara, was recently nominated for the Best Latin Jazz Grammy award.
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