Fernando García is a drummer, composer, bandleader, and educator well versed in
a wide variety of musical styles. Born in San Juan and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto
Rico, García started in music at a young age, and by 16 he was already playing
gigs in Puerto Rico’s reggae scene. He also performed, as a student, at the Tito
Puente Amphitheater on various occasions for the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest.
These early experiences inspired him to study music further at the Inter American
University of Puerto Rico. During his time there, he had the opportunity to take
lessons with Héctor Matos, who would go on to become a lifelong mentor and friend.
Fernando was awarded the Juan Luis Guerra scholarship to study at
Berklee College of Music’s graduate campus in Valencia, Spain. Berklee Valencia
gave Fernando the opportunity to study with great artists such as Victor Mendoza,
Mariano Steimberg, Alain Pérez, and Yoel Páez, among others. This proved to
be a time of great focus and personal development in performance and composition.
He then moved to New York City where he established himself as a
drummer, percussionist, composer, and educator. Along his career, he has had the
opportunity to play as a sideman with many great artists such as Abraham Laboriel,
Perico Sambeat, Ricardo Pons, Pepe Rivero, Alain Pérez, Guillermo Klein, Julio
Montalvo, John Benitez, and Ximo Tébar, Xiomara Laugart, Axel Tosca, among others. As a bandleader he has
Axel Tosca, Luis Guerra, Román Filiú, and Nathaniel Townsley, among others. As a bandleader he has
two albums out: Desde Arriba (Fernando García Music 2012) and Subidor
(Montalvo Music 2013) in where he mostly explores the folkloric and very
rhythmic bomba music of his native Puerto Rico and succeeds in fusing it with the
harmonic and improvisational aspects of jazz.
He is currently working on a third studio album with plans to release in 2018.