Mikhail Salcedo
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Meet Mikhail Salcedo of Trinidad & Tobago - Steelpan Performing Artist & Educator

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Mikhail Salcedo is a fusion/jazz musician. His compositions are a mixture of genres (particularly calypso and jazz) that keep his sound fresh and different. He recently completed a Diploma in Music Performance from The University of Trinidad and Tobago and is continuing his career as a musician and teacher. Growing up on the sounds of The Manhattan Transfers, Frank Sinatra and Sergio Mendez by way of his father and steelpan with his uncle, Mikhail was eventually exposed to a very wide variety of musical styles.

For twenty (20) plus years Mikhail worked on his musicianship and performance as he aligned himself with some of the Caribbean’s top jazz musicians. He performed with the likes of guitarists Theron Shaw and Dean Williams, pianists Clive ‘Zanda’ Alexander and Michael Low Chew Tung, saxophonists Anthony Woodroffe and Elan Trotman, Caribbean Jazz drummer Sean Thomas and Jazz vocalist Vaughnette Bigford. Together with these musicians he made appearances at the B.V.I. Jazz Festival, the Tobago, Barbados and Grenada Jazz Festivals. He also performed with different cultural groups for events in France, Cuba, Guyana, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the United States of America.

In 2010, Mikhail formed his band; 'The Salcedo Quintet' and together they’ve held approximately seven (7) concerts from then to now. The Salcedo Quintet performed at Jazz Artistes On The Greens in 2011 and Tobago Jazz Experience in 2012, as well as smaller Jazz-related festivals in Trinidad & Tobago. During this time, he was also a member of the National Steel Symphony Orchestra with which he performed for the former President of the United States of America, Mr. Barack Obama.

He has acquired theory certification from the Associate Board of Royal Schools of Music in both Grades three (3) and five (5) and practical from the University of the West Indies up to Grade five (5). After his recent completion of a Diploma in Music Performance at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, he has planned to continue his quest to being a top class musician/entertainer and teacher.

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