Tony Succar

COUNTRY United States      
GROUP UNITY      

Biography

BORN IN:
Lima, Peru

LIVES IN:
Miama, FL

DRUMMING SINCE:
1999

CURRENT PROJECT:
UNITY: A Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson

BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S):
Tito Puente, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson

FAVORITE ALBUM PLAYED ON:
UNITY: A Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson

FAVORITE ALBUM DIDN'T PLAY ON:
"Thriller", Michael Jackson

Born into a family of talented musicians in Lima, Peru on May 18, 1986, Tony Succar's very DNA is clearly overflowing with cadence and rhythm. The Succar family moved to Miami when Tony was just two; and by the ripe old age of 13, Tony's own music career began. "I was privileged to have been brought up in a family of musicians, I couldn't be more grateful," comments Tony. Succar's music education began on piano then segued to percussion. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Performance from Florida International University in 2008 and his Master's degree in 2010. In 2012 Succar became the youngest Artist-in-Residence FIU has ever had.

Succar has worked with artists Arturo Sandoval, Néstor Torres, Ed Calle, Tito Nieves, La India, Obie Bermudez, Jennifer Peña, and Tito Puente Jr., among others. Growing up in the cultural melting-pot of Miami molded him into a versatile musician, prompting him to make the most of his prodigious talent.

President of his own record label, Mixtura Productions, Tony is well-versed in a number of professional roles: bandleader, percussionist, musician, producer, composer, and arranger. Whether playing a timbale solo, an orchestration or an explosive groove, Succar's sound is gripping and distinctive and accommodates the energy of modern musicians and dancers.

Succar's compositions emphasize combinations of syncopation, harmonic curiosity, rhythmic uniformity and tasteful melodies. With his unique arrangements and personal charisma, Succar breaks the mold to create enticing masterpieces for all. Tony's debut album (CD/DVD) "Live at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center" is a prime example. The album received excellent reviews from mainstream media, including this one: "An exciting fusion of South America, Cuba, Jazz and South Beach flavor from an up-and-coming artist who will almost certainly be heard from more in the future." --Jazz Chicago Reviews.

Assembling an exceptional production team, Tony Succar has created The UNITY Project, a unique endeavor aimed at the minds, ears and hearts of a global audience. Pop legend Michael Jackson's music and life philosophies heavily influenced Tony as a youngster and teenager, truly igniting his musical ideas and passion. The UNITY Project is the result: an innovative sound that interconnects elements of American Pop, Jazz, Tropical, and World Music with the enduring foundations of the King of Pop. The UNITY album will explode beyond mainstream media to appeal indefinitely to markets around the world.

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