Independent

Mario Garcia Cruz

About

Paiste Artist Since
May 2009

Nationality
Mexico

Main Affiliation
Independent

Follow Artist

Mario Garcia Cruz

Setup

Biography

Mario Garcia Cruz was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He studied music at the Veracruzana University in Xalapa and the Morelia University in Mexico, having as teachers Mark Levine, Oscar Stagnaro,Antonio Sánchez, Dave Weckl, Yoron Israel, Clarence Penn, Vince Cherico, Rufus Reid, John Riley, others. Throughout his career, he has accompanied and shared stages in Mexico, Japan, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Bulgaria, Spain, France, the United States and Latin America with different musicians and singers such as: Justo Almario, Eugenio Toussaint, Héctor Infanzón, Adam Rapa, Arturo Sandoval, Ed Calle, Wayne Vergueron, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Symphony Orchestra of Bellas Artes, Big Band Jazz of Mexico, Armando Manzanero, José Feliciano, Tania Libertad, Eugenia León, Francisco Céspedes , José Luis Rodríguez “El Puma”, Lucero,Rocío Dúrcal, Lila Dawns, Ola Onabulé, Fernando de la Mora, Andrea Bocelli and Raúl Di Blasio with whom he has shared stage on his world tours. He has also participated as a drummer in plays such as "Beauty and the Beast","Chicago", "Les Miserables", "Man of La Mancha" and "Saturday Fever". Participation as a solo musician in the 59th “Ariel” awards ceremony for Mexican cinema in Fine Arts. Emmy Award winner with the series “Esta noche jazz”. Winner of Las Lunas del Auditorio Nacional with Big Band Jazz de México. Recognized by the International Press Association of Las Vegas Nevada as Hispanic Pride along with Big Band Jazz de México. Member of Stick “n” Skins a photography book about the world of drumming. Musician sponsored by: Yamaha Drums, Vater Sticks, Remo, Paiste Cymbals.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Rich, warm, lush, deep. Wide range, complex mix. Giving and responsive feel. Broad, warm open sound. Compact, lush chick sound. Extremely versatile hi-hat, perfectly suited for dynamic, articulated playing in a wide range of styles. “They are just chunky enough, but not overpowering. They are a little more chocolaty than the classic 602s”, describes Vinnie Colaiuta.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky, breathy. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a quick response. Very well crashable. Controllable, peppery stick sound over a dark layered oriental, smoky wash. A ride cymbal that can easily be used in a small jazz club setting and flourish in other styles such as blues or country music.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 8", 10"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Full, wet with a brittle, trashy side. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft and very responsive, giving feel with a short, exploding sparkly splash character. Very well suited for dynamic effect accents in many musical styles. Also, well suited for hand playing in percussive set-ups.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, trashy, papery, low. Wide range, complex and moody mix. Soft and buttery feel with a very wobbly and vibrant response. Fairly defined stick sound over a dark and cloudy wash. Perfectly suited for quieter musical settings such as blues, jazz and acoustic styles. Very user-friendly for percussive use and classical mallet application.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19", 20"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky. Medium wide range, complex mix. Buttery, soft feel with quick response. Rich, dark, mystical crash sound with tender clarity. Extremely lively cymbal for broad accents and crashes in intimate to semi-loud settings. Well suited for delicate ride patterns or mallet swells. «For those guys who really appreciate just having a cymbal that can do everything, the larger Dark Crashes can do anything. Very crash-able, and if you want to ride on them, they will give you all the ride patterns in the world.» - Gregory Hutchinson

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Dark, full, soft, multi-layered. Medium wide range, complex mix. Soft, responsive feel. Velvety sizzling open sound. Rich, dark chick sound. A sensitive hi-hat perfectly suited for light to medium heavy use within Jazz, Blues, Country and other acoustic music styles.

  • Sounds