Yissy Garcia

Yissy García is a Cuban composer and drummer born in Havana in the Cayo Hueso neighborhood. She is one of the most powerful artists of her generation and an icon of percussion not only made by women on the Island, but in general. Dynamic and innovative, Yissy challenges tradition with every rhythm she creates, combining Cuban folk and popular styles with jazz and funk.

Her first album, Última Noticia (2015), joined the Cuban music scene as a paradigm of the most contemporary sound. She has shared the stage with stars such as Dave Matthews, Esperanza Spalding, PJ Morton, Terri Lyne Carrington, Peter Erskine, Antonio Sánchez, X Alfonso, Concha Buika, Diego Torres, and Allison Russell, among others. Since 2012 she has led Bandancha, a group that has followed the routes of Latin jazz, funk and electronic music.

Yissy is part of the Maqueque line-up, along with Canadian saxophonist Jane Bunnett, whose first album, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque (2014), won the Juno Award for best Jazz Album and the second album, Oddara (2016), was nominated to the Latin Grammy in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album.