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Martin Cruz (Uruguay)

About the Artist

Began studying drums and percussion at the age of 15 years in the Yamaha Music School in Montevideo Uruguay. Later continues his studies with different drummers and percussionists with teachers such as Martín Ibarburu, Nicolás Arnicho, Gustavo Rodriguez, Sergio Tulbovitz among others . Travel to the city of Buenos Aires where he studied with drummer Oscar Giunta Argentina in 2006.

He has been part of numerous groups such as: Juan Prada quartet, The Presunto trio Yerard Grimau and the Key, Alejandro Pacello trio, Pablo Sciuto, Tabú trio, Guyunusa sextet, Muzzarella, The black Leny (tribute to Leny Kravitz) Tabare Muzio, German Bens Bossa Nova Project, Álvaro Genta, John Fisher (Country Music) and Mañíuskha Can (Dutch jazz singer), among others.

Participated in various national and international jazz festivals standing out: 10th and 11th International festival of jazz of la Pataia, sharing the stage and jam session with Paquito de Rivera, Diego Urcola, Claudio Roditti, Diefano Marsalis, Edward Simons, Bebo Valdes, Mino Cinelu among others. Presented in Buenos Aires at the “Centro Cultural San Martín” alongside the Canadian trumpet player, Nick Ali brownman. Participated in all editions of the Jazz weekend of Colonia del Sacramento (2004 -2009) and the last edition with “Aché trio”.

Join the Song Festival in Porto Alegre, Brazil with the Brazilian-Uruguayan band "Duas Voces do Candombe", getting the 2nd prize in the contest in 2007.

He was invited to participate in different drummer`s contests such as Montevideo Drum Fest 2007 as a jury "Baterista revelation 2007"; “Bateroz”, in the city of Durazno (Uruguay), and Buenos Aires Drum Fest 2007 y 2008. organized by Daniel Volpini, along with drumers like Gustavo Meli and Waldo Madera.

Nowadays, integrates the trio of the Cuban pianist Juan Prada, along with the salsa and Son banda "Palo Pa Rumba" with the singer Yerard Grimau, performing regularly in clubs of the city and inside the country, “Ache” quintet, funk group Latino and Candombe, composed by Banega Diego, Claudio Martinez, Anibal Gonzalez and Federico Costa.

Accompanying the Brazilian guitarist and songwriter Gilberto Oliveira on his presentations in Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil, as well as the music of the Brazilian singer Mariana Moraes.

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