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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. He 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. Michael has written over 100 original songs and was nominated for a 2013 Jersey Acoustic Music Award (Top Male Songwriter category). He 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 Michael released The Black Friday Sessions with the band Sirs. He is set to release his follow-up, City Stars on October 13 through Cocotazo Music.

Michael is the co-founder of Cocotazo Media, which produces creative audio for all ears. He 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 Playwrights Theatre of NJ.  He is a co-creator of Mi Casa Tu Casa, a bilingual stage production. Michael received 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



Most of the photos on this site were taken by Mike Peters.