Born and raised on the lively twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago, Cesco Emmanuel discovered his passion for music and the guitar at age 13. He has been a student for more than seventeen years at the Graham Newling Classical Guitar School.
His first taste of band life came at 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 delved into song-writing. Big Eyed Grieve (his next experimental/progressive unit), formed in 1996 played on for seven years.
In July 2003, Cesco showcased his solo material from his debut EP ‘One Man’ at the ‘Acoustic Anti-Pop Nite’ in Trinidad.
In September of that year he migrated to Canada to further his musical pursuits. He joined Toronto-based psychedelic band ‘CHLORINE DREAM’ for most of 2004. Two other solo EPs quickly followed: 2004′s ‘One Man & His Guitar’ and 2005′s ‘The April Morning Sky Sessions’.
By late 2004, he had formed his own experimental band in Toronto – BOUND. Their music can be heard at www.myspace.com/thebound
Cesco performs and tours extensively with the Calypso/Reggae unit – Kobo Town. Check out their stuff at www.kobotown.com. To date the group has appeared on CBC’s ‘Big City, Small World; Sounds of the Season; Metro Morning; Here and Now’ and Toronto’s own ‘Breakfast Television’ on CP24.
Travels include all across Canada, the US and Europe, most notably performing at the Montreal Jazz Festival (with Kobo Town, July 2007), the University of Chicago (with Juno-award winner Adam Solomon & Tikisa, April 2007), the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York (with Kobo Town, April 2008), Berlin’s Wassermusik and Nurnberg’s Bardentreffen Festival (with Kobo Town, July 2009).
Cesco is currently running a guitar program in his native land – Trinidad, and gigs here and there with his own power-trio – THe SONic REVIVal PROJect. Their sound can be heard at www.myspace.com/thesonicrevivalproject
As usual, he’ll be travelling back and forth between North America and Europe whenever the touring bug crawls under his skin.
Cesco also composes for film. His latest work can be heard on the documentary – ‘Inward Hunger’ – The story Eric Williams (2011) and the documentary short – PAN! (2010). You can find all the musical projects he’s ever worked on at www.cescoemmanuel.bandcamp.com