News

May 29, 2017

I’ve been hard at work with my upcoming EP City Stars and figuring out the logistics of the release party, that I hadn’t much time to update or even play many gigs. But that will be remedied! The release will be on October 14, 2017 at the Bloomfield Public Library. They have a neat small theater in the basement that’s got a great vibe. The musician line-up will be: Declan Remus on electric guitar, Christian Davis and Tony Donato on bass, Andrew J. Sandel on the accordion, and a drummer to TBA! More information is on the horizon. Enjoy the beginning of summer 2017!

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February 28, 2017

What a month! With the help of Dania Ramos and Ernio Hernandez, we created two audio drama series. They were created during February Album Writing Month. An annual challenge where, “…you write an album in a month, along with a collaborative community of musicians worldwide.” Both series had music at it’s core. I created two killer songs for both series. (One with the help of Ernio.) Check out both series below.

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January 20, 2017

I’ve begun tracking, at Casa Aquino, my upcoming EP City Stars. Jim Killgore (audio engineer god of Giants Will Fall) will once again be mixing and mastering the album. The album will include six songs. The order is yet to be determined but here is the track listing:

City Stars
Amaze Me
Milly
Talking Spirits
Moving Me. Moving Free.
We All Dance Like Fire

Declan Remus, Ken Kusama, Tony Donato, Barbara Carames and Lou Ricco have agreed to contribute their music talents. Super exciting. More soon!

December 28, 2016

The end of 2016 has been fruitful and productive. Aquino has played a series of shows and has been included on a few compilations.

End NF: Music for Children’s Tumor Foundation is, “…a wildly eclectic and exciting collection of artists and styles in pop, rock, jazz and blues, all brought together to help promote awareness of (NF)….Neurofibromatosis, or NF, is an under-recognized genetic disorder that can cause tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body….NF occurs in one in every 3,000 people and affects millions worldwide.” You can purchase the album and support the cause by clicking the link above. One of the executive producers of the compilation, Tony Donato, will be featured on Aquino’s City Stars. Thank you, Tony!

Songs for Standing Rock, Volume 4 is a part of, “…a collaborative series of albums featuring the songs of artists, songwriters, and musicians worldwide, uniting their voices for awareness in the direct support of our Water Protectors….100% of funds raised will benefit the creation of permanent sustainable winterized geodesic domes, wood stoves and fire wood supplies at Standing Rock.” Head over to the website by clicking the link above and purchase the album. Thanks to the folks at Songs for Standing Rock!

 

Aquino also curated (and composed a song for) the Thanksgiving compilation Stuff This in Yer Face!, Volume Two for You Don’t Know Jersey. Alice and Ed (YDKJ) have been so gracious and supportive of the project. They look forward to having it rear it’s beautiful head next year. Click on the photo of the Turkey below to read the article and hear the songs.

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Aquino was inspired by the holiday season and wrote a new song about a sacred Puerto Rican drink, COQUITO! Listen to “You Can’t Take My Coquito Away!” (Click on the link to read the lyrics and liner notes.)


There have been some bumps in the road with the tracking of the upcoming EP City Stars. But no worries! 2017 will see the release. Aquino is proud to reveal the cover for the EP here (see below). It was created by the talented
Gene-Manuel Whirling. Aquino sent Gene-Manuel the demos for the upcoming album. He listened and arrived at the inspiration from diverse city architectures from around the globe. As well as stars!  Gene-Manuel created a cover that mirrors the tone of the EP perfectly. Thanks, Gene-Manuel Whirling!

That’s all for now. In light of a tough 2016, let’s all put some positive energy into 2017. Happy New Year!

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Album cover for Aquino’s upcoming EP, City Stars.

October 24, 2016

Aquino has been steadily working on his upcoming EP City Stars and playing gigs. Declan Remus has been lending his super powerful guitar skills to some of Aquino’s sets. Check out the photo below from their recent gig at Cafe Improv (videos forthcoming).

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Speaking of videos, Aquino released a hand drawn video for the song “Sisters of Height (Mishu Where’d You Go?)” off of Giants Will Fall. Watch it below.

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August 21, 2016

Aquino wrote the theme song for Gene-Manuel Whirling’s Welcome to the Whirl. Click the photo below to listen. Artwork by Gene-Manuel Whirling.

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August 4, 2016

Check out the latest episode of Texting with Gene with special guest Aquino. Host Gene-Manuel Whirling is a prolific visual artist from NJ. Click on the photo below to watch.

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July 25, 2016

Photographer Mike Peters took pictures of Aquino for his debut EP, tentatively titled City Stars. Check out this sneak peak of the album photography below.

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July 20, 2016

Watch the June 17, 2016 episode of Indie Music Circus by clicking the banner below. Ken Kusama and Deivito & Jenique were the special guest songwriters. Aquino was the host.

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June 15, 2016

Aquino participated in You Don’t Know Jersey‘s “New Jersey Musicians List Their Top 10 Albums Ever.” Read the article by clicking the angry photo of Aquino below. Photo courtesy of Ed Magdziak.

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May 15, 2016

Indie Music Circus is back and it’s streaming on Periscope. Aquino returns as host of the bi-monthly hour of music. Three musical acts will play their songs in the round. Tune in on May 22 for the triumphant comeback…online. The first guests are Laree Cisco and Deena ShoshkesClick the logo below to join the Indie Music Circus Facebook page and stay up to date on future broadcasts.

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April 13, 2016

Aquino has begun recording his (currently untitled) debut EP. The album will consist of five songs and feature Aquino, his guitar, and a few talented friends. Stay tuned for more info.

March 22, 2016

Aquino was a guest on PANJ Radio/Shack Radio. Listen to the interview and songs. Click below.

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November 23, 2015

Aquino curated a songwriting challenge called “Stuff This in Yer Face!” for the website You Don’t Know Jersey. Eight New Jersey musicians were invited to write and record an original song about Thanksgiving. Click the turkeys below to read about the challenge and hear the songs.

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