Conrad "COKY" Garcia
Bachelor of Music (1982) Amadeo Roldán Conservatory
Master of Music: 1982-1987 Arts Superior Institute, Havana, Cuba
Majors: Percussion (Latin American & Symphony)
1982 - played for Bobby Carcases with Gonzalo Rubalcaba (pianist), Oriente Lápez (flute & keyboard), Orlando Sánchez (tenor sax), Roberto Vizcaino (percussion), Frank Rubio (bass), Reinaldo Milian (trumpet)
1985 - Jazz Plaza Festival: Jorge Varona’s Band (Irakere - Trumpet)
1986 - Siglo 1 & 2 Jose Luís Cortéz “NG the Band"
1990 - Jazz Plaza Festival: Opus 13 band. Taught classes in Afro-Cuban Percussion (drums, congas, timbales)
1992 - Jazz-Plaza Festival: played with pianist Emiliano Salvador
1996 - Private Instructor in Mexico City
1997- 2000: International Performance in Mexico, Panamá, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, France. Philarmonic Orchestra of Acapulco, Acapulco Jazz Festival with Osmany Paredes & Menduvia Jazz Quartet, Amaury Gutierrez (Universal Music)
1999 - CD Tony Pérez ('Del Encanto y la Timba a Todo Jazz') CD Osmany Paredes “ Menduvia”
2003 - CD Bill Wolfer “Mamborama” Entre La Habana y el Yuma.
2003-CD Francisco Aguabella “Ochimini"
2004 - CD Damjan Krajacic “ In Retrospect"
2000- 2003 (United States):
Latin Pop Singer Amaury Gutierrez, Charanga Cubana, Toured with Jane Brunet (Canadian sax), Willy Chirino (Miami) Jimmy Haslip, Abraham Laboriel, Luis Conte, Bill Wolfer, Jimmy Branly, Gary Meek, Sandro Albert, Steve Wingart, Raul Malo’s Band, "Jubel’ Band, Francisco Aguabella, Susie Hansen, Eliseo Latin Band, Henry Mora’s Band, Flamenco Guitar Player Luis Villegas, Melena’s Latin Project at the African Festival, Herman Clark’s Quartet, Jazz on the Latin Side Band, Bobby Rodriguez’s Band, Alex Acuna’s Band Tolú, Donald Vega’s Quartet, Poncho Sanchez’s band and Strunz & Farah.
2004 - toured with Juan Gabriel
2006 - Jerusalem Jazz Festival with drummer Ignacio Berroa
2008 - "Timbalive" band is formed (a mix of Cuban Timba and Funk music); traveled around the world and toured all over Europe, Asia, South America and across the United States. I also accompanied famous Latin singers such as Mayito Rivera, Issac Delgado, Pedro Calvo and many others.
2010 - 2011 - performed at many Latin Jazz Festivals with Rebeca Mauleón and vibraphonist Alfredo Chacón.
2012 - Montreaux Jazz Festival w/Strunz & Farah.