Born and raised on the lively twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago, Cesco Emmanuel discovered his passion for music and the guitar at age 13. Trained in classical and flamenco guitar, Cesco was a student for more than ten years at the Graham Newling Classical Guitar School. In his own time, he started experimenting with other genres of music.
His first taste of band life came at age 16 with the heavy metal cover band - Warhead. By 18, he formed the progressive/alternative band Brothers Grimm; it was during this time that Cesco discovered his love of songwriting. Big Eyed Grieve was Cesco's last group effort in Trinidad, formed in late 1996. Playing a unique hybrid of progressive-rock, funk, calypso and grunge, the band played on for six years.
In July 2003, Cesco showcased his solo material (featured on his debut EP 'One Man') at 'Acoustic Anti-Pop nite' in Trinidad. Knowing a change in the musical landscape was within his reach; Cesco decided to take his act on the road.
In September 2003, he migrated to Canada to further his musical pursuits. Two other solo EPs quickly followed: 2004's 'One Man & His Guitar' and 2005's 'The April Morning Sky Sessions'
Cesco also performs and tours with the 6-piece Calypso/Reggae unit Kobo Town www.kobotown.com and his own heavy/experimental band Bound www.myspace.com/thebound
Performances over the last five (5) years include numerous appearances at the Rivoli, El Mocambo, Horseshoe Tavern, Healeys and Clintons in Toronto.
Cesco has also traveled extensively across Canada, most notably performing at the 2007 Montreal Jazz Festival (with Kobo Town) and in the U.S. – at the University of Chicago (with Juno-award winner Adam Solomon & Tikisa, April 2007) and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York (with Kobo Town, April 2008)
Cesco has also appeared on CBC’s Big City, Small World; Sounds of the Season; Metro Morning and Here and Now.
After playing for over twenty years, his style has evolved to encompass classical, jazz, funk, calypso, reggae, flamenco, folk and good ole rock 'n roll.
Cesco is currently running a guitar program in his native home – Trinidad, but will be hitting the road shortly with Kobo Town, so stay tuned.
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