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Aquino is the composer and audio engineer for the audio fiction series Timestorm.

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samples of Aquino’s compositions:


City Stars

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‘City Stars’ in full is a vivid and diverse journey through a deeply creative mind. Aquino knows exactly how to connect with the multitude of feelings that the human condition experiences - where you can almost reach out and touch each variable emotion that is intricately woven into his music.
— Karla Harris, When the Horn Blows
Aquino reminds us of the beauty of acoustic sound and the value of reaching out to make beautiful music as part of shared experience. His voice is clear and this storyteller transports you to experiences in your past, shared past and other’s experiences to bring us all closer together.
— Sherri Rase, Q on Stage


Giants Will Fall sports a wide range of sounds, textures and a relentless creative streak that keeps it from being one of those ‘12 versions of the same song’ collections.
— Bob Cannon, The Montclair Times
There is a connectivity running through the songs that is held together by excellent musicianship and Aquino’s emotional and honest delivery.
— Ed Magdziak, You Don’t Know Jersey
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Aquino is a Cuba-Rican musician and performer born in the urbanlands of northern New Jersey. His debut, solo album, Giants Will Fall, was released in October 2015. His follow-up EP, City Stars, was released by Cocotazo Music in October 2017. Aquino has played at the Cape May Singer-Songwriter Festival, Madison Holiday Arts Festival, Hillside Cafe, Montclair State Centennial Celebration, Boro 6 Music Festival, and the Glen Ridge Arts Festival, among others. Aquino received two Audio Verse Awards for Best Music, Self-Contained Dramatic Production ("Blood Heart" with Ernio Hernandez) and Best Audio Engineering, Self-Contained Comedic Production (Something Inside That Head of Yours). He has written over 100 original songs and was also nominated for a 2013 Jersey Acoustic Music Award (Top Male Songwriter category). Aquino created and facilitated 14 Songs in 14 Days, an intensive online songwriting workshop. He was also the creator and host of Indie Music Circus, a showcase for independent musicians. In 2010 Aquino released The Black Friday Sessions with the band Sirs.

(Michael) Aquino is a co-founder of Cocotazo Media, which produces music and audio fiction by independent artists of all backgrounds. Michael is the sound designer and audio engineer for their production Timestorm. Aquino also co-produced a benefit album - Stuff This in Yer Face! - with You Don’t Know Jersey. It features eight songs by New Jersey musicians. For more about his work with Cocotazo Media visit www.cocotazomedia.com.

Aquino is also a professional actor and has performed at regional and NYC stages including Luna Stage, The American Globe, George Street Playhouse, The NY International Fringe Festival, and Writers Theatre of NJ.  He is a co-creator of Mi Casa Tu Casa, a bilingual stage production. Aquino is a member of SESAC and Actors Equity Association.


Aquino / Vocals, Guitars

Accompanying Musicians:
Declan Remus / Guitar
Christian Davis / Bass
Tony Donato / Bass
Andrew J. Sandel / Accordion



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Giants Will Fall

by Aquino

City Stars

by Aquino