Rising from multicultural ancestry rooted in Haiti and Cuba, branching out the rich musical tradition of the Mexican Caribbean coastal Veracruz, sharpening his teeth in the streets of industrial hub city Monterrey, Márquez drumming has been revered in such eclectic circuits as vibraphone great Victor Mendoza's band, Javier Limon's Flamenco Soul to recently released Latin Grammy nominated album Estirpe by trumpet giant Pacho Flores for Deutsche Grammophon. Marquez drumming has also punctuated the Latin American music recording industry in albums like Tanda by Latin Grammy nominee Alex Ferreira, the grit-and-grind dark soul on Leche de Tigre by iconic Colombian rock band Diamante Eléctrico and acclaimed self-titled album by notorious producer Juan Pablo Vega. Marquez drumming has also spawned to Japanese music industry leader Pony Canyon with Now and Then by collaboration with Tiziano Bianchi & Tiger Okoshi and Agua de Jamaica by Sly5thave & Verastegui on England based label True Thoughts. Marquez currently holds the principal seat for the Orquesta Nacional de Jazz de México and leads his own brainchild, the afro latin jazz orchestra La Victoria del Tercer Mundo.
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceHavana Cuba, 2003. I was opening the PERCUBA contest and had been working on a classical repertoire for months, specifically the drum piece Stamina by Mitch Markovich and was able to play all by memory which secure my spot at the line up..
What Drives Your Creativity?Any moment of childhood connection with music, maybe a thought of a place I really enjoyed touring, the thought of a parent and/or any familiar face.. the years I spent in school in Boston have a lot to give on that end..
Why do you choose Vic Firth?The Steve Gadd signature stick was actually the first model I was able to buy with my own money and it was on a musical trip I made to Canary Islands (Spain), I can still remember the feel of that pair against the practice pad.. and they were black!