Born from Cuban parents and raised in Miami Florida’s “Little Havana,” Mario grew up surrounded by the sounds of Latino-Caribbean culture. After trading his skateboard for a bass guitar at age 15, Mario began his study of groove and spirit, aided and abetted along the way by his influences and role models.
Mario was active in the Miami music scene from a very early age, playing in various groups ranging from latin jazz, funk and blues, to noise, punk, and electronica. He was also a member of Miami based art/music collective The Curious Hair that established their own label and was a hub for many Miami songwriters.
Mario settled in New York in 2006 and quickly began to collaborate on a variety of projects including industrial electronic band Dream into Dust, art-rock and classical composer Chris Bono’s Ghost Against Ghost (https://vimeo.com/48418771), and toured with indie rock band My Pet Dragon. He also continued to refine his groove by subbing and playing in various latin and funk bands.
In addition to freelancing in NYC, Mario can be seen with kindie-rocker’s The Fuzzy Lemons (http://thefuzzylemons.com), bringing the funk with The Essex (http://essexfunk.com), and feeling at home with his roots by holding the tumbao for Fulaso.