(Cuatrista, composer y producer)
Winner of the Latin Grammy in the category of The Best Instrumental Album 2018 due to his most recent production “Identidad”, Miguel Siso started his career in his native country, Venezuela. Currently, he is considered one of the most important musicians of the Venezuelan “cuatro”. In 2017, his prominent performance with this instrument resulted in him winning the first position in “La Siembra del Cuatro”, the principal award of “cuatristas” in Venezuela.
In 2012, his first production as a soloist was created, called “La Siembra del Cuatro”. This record has 13 tracks, some of which were written by Siso, the others by famous Latin American composers. This record was noted and received a huge number of compliments due to Miguel’s musical style. It was nominated as The Best Instrumental Traditional Album in “Premios Pepsi Music 2013”, a competition which awards the best musical overture annually in Venezuela.
Recently, Siso has been part of some of the most important instrumental bands in Venezuela such as: Saúl Vera Ensamble, Huáscar Barradas and C4 Trío, and he has shared stages, tours and recording booths with national and international artist such as: Gustavo Dudamel, Oscar D’ León, Guaco, Lena Burke, Rafael “El Pollo Brito”, Voz Veis, Ilán Chester, Jorge Luis Chacín, María Teresa Chacín, Alexis Cárdenas, Serenata Guayanesa, Pancho Amat, Edwin Colón Zayas, Óscar Stagnaro, Rafa Pino, Frank Quintero, Gerry Weil, Eddy Marcano, Luis Julio Toro, David Peña, Cheo Hurtado, Aquiles Báez, Ricardo Sandoval, Nené Quintero, Proto López, Ensamble Gurrufío, El Cuarteto, y el Sístema Nacional de Orquestas Sinfónicas de Venezuela.
Miguel is also founder of “El Quinteto menos 1”, a Venezuela band which he created with his colleagues Lucas Sánchez, Rotnesth Medina and Gastón García. Playing with this tro, Siso launched a new album called “La casita del castaño”. This production showcases a musical creation of traditional Venezuelan music mixed with Academic and Latin American music.
His global perspective of music has given him the opportunity to be in contact with international artists, demonstrating the Venezuelan “cuatro” and the versatility of this instrument. During his career, Siso has merged the “cuatro” with many different music styles such as jazz, hip-hop and salsa.
In recent years, Miguel has travelled around the world with his “cuatro”, and his music has been played in Spain, Ireland, China, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Turkey, Qatar, India, Guatemala, Salvador, Bolivia, Uruguay, Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Guyana, Luxembourg and St. Lucia.
“His compositions were the first thing that I listened to, he doesn’t have just the courage of the improvisation, also he has the knowledge of harmony and the tradition, the simplicity and the humility in front of the art and the music as well”Alexis Cárdenas, violinista.
“Miguel, a musician that stands out with his flawless performance; coherent ideas, justified virtuosity and especially his fantastic musicality. Bravo!”Luis Julio Toro, Flautista.