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Marcelo Quinonez has composed and performed everything from Latin Alternative music to a wide range of scores for film, television, commercials, and viral marketing campaigns. He is a diverse, multifaceted artist who possesses the uncanny ability to create musical compositions that convey mood, emotion, and imagery. But this is merely one side of his artistry: Marcelo has had great success in the Latin Alternative music genre with his band Cuchata, which blends a variety of styles and sounds influenced by his Nicaraguan heritage.
Marcelo grew up in and around Los Angeles, California. As a child, he was constantly surrounded by music from various fiestas and family gatherings held by his large Nicaraguan family. From 1995 to 1996, Marcelo studied with Flamenco guitarist Chris Carnes and was invited to Sweets Mill International Folk Music Festival to accompany Chris and a variety of other Flamenco and Latin American Ensembles. In 1999, Marcelo traveled to Nicaragua to study the culture, music and his ancestral roots. That trip gave birth to the idea of Cuchata a genre bending band that launched that pays homage to the vibrant and varied styles of music that come from the Latin American diaspora and launched his career in the music business.
Cuchata’s music has been licensed for commercials, television shows, and feature films. Cuchata’s continued success and experimentation led Marcelo to undertake a new challenge to actively pursue a career in film and television music as well as lending his talents to produce new artists. Early successes down this path include scoring award winning short films such as “Saddam 17” and “Help Wanted”. Marcelo is currently working on a new Cuchata album as well as new feature film projects. Marcelo is available for score composition for film, television, commercials, and video games and is available as a producer for recordings. Marcelo also has a constantly growing library of production music for sync licensing and source music available through his production company Canica Music and his record label Eleggua Productions.