Timestorm is here!

Timestorm is a children’s audio fiction series. I am so honored and excited to be the audio engineer and composer for the series. Here’s some more about the series:

When twelve-year-old twins Alexa and Beni Ventura are sucked into an inter-dimensional portal, they meet a distant cousin who presents them with an incredible mission: travel through time to uncover hidden moments from their culture’s past. Along the way, they meet people from Africa, Europe, and the Americas who have left their mark on Puerto Rican heritage…only their names aren’t found in history books.

In the twenty-first century, Alexa and Beni navigate middle school, friendship, and home life while keeping their time-traveling pursuits secret. When a natural disaster devastates islands across the Caribbean, the twin’s come to understand just what’s at stake for their ancestral home. As Puerto Rico faces an uncertain future, Alexa and Beni do all they can to witness, find, and remember its past.

New episodes every two weeks on Sundays.

Apple Podcasts | Castbox | LibSyn | Overcast | PlayerFM | Radio Public | SoundCloud | YouTube

Preorder - Stuff This in Yer Face!

Stuff This in Yer Face! is available for preorder at iTunes and Amazon. The album will be released on November 16, 2018. There will be a benefit show on November 17 at Stosh’s in New Jersey. The album was co-produced by Cocotazo Media and You Don’t Know Jersey. Aquino was the music curator and mastered the album. Proceeds for the album and event will benefit the Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair. To purchase some cool swag with the “Stuff This” turkey, visit Ernio’s Threadless Shop. For more on the album, go HERE. Thanks for your support! Gooble gooble.


2018 Audio Verse Award - Audio Engineering


A couple of Cocotazo Audio Theatre productions have been nominated for Audio Verse Awards! First-round voting is now live: audioverseawards.net/site/finalist-voting-form. I encourage you to check out other nominees across all categories and VOTE!

Michael Aquino, Engineering, Self-contained Production & Comedic Production
Dania Ramos, Writing, Self-contained Production & Comedic Production
Production, Self-contained Production (Cast: Jennica Carmona-Arandia, Ernio Hernandez, Chris Kent, Paula Moscoso, Alicia Rivas & Louis Vetter. Musicians: Michael Aquino, Deivis Garcia, EJ Keitel, Cindi Merklee & Chris White III)
Listen: anchor.fm/…/epi…/2018-Showcase-Cocotazo-Audio-Theatre-e2crbf

Walter F. Rodriguez, Writing, Self-contained Production & Dramatic Production
Alicia Rivas as Jolana, Performance, Self-contained Production
Jessica Bracken as Xaymara, Performance, Self-contained Production
Listen: radiopublic.com/cocotazo-audio-theatre-691V33/ep/s1!4cf83…

Thanks for listening!

Stuff This in Yer Face!...A benefit compilation


Cover artwork by Ernio Hernandez


On November 17, 2018, Cocotazo Media (cocotazomedia.com) and You Don’t Know Jersey (youdontknowjersey.com) will host a performance for the release of Stuff This in Yer Face!,  a benefit compilation supporting the Human Needs Pantry in Montclair. This benefit show will feature Aquino, Larée Cisco, Deivito, Sonofdov, Dave Kleiner & Liz Pagan (of the Folk Project), Kevin & Oliver Liebkemann, David Rieth, Deena & Jon (of the band The Cucumbers). The album is a culmination of several years of songwriting challenges. In 2015, New Jersey musicians were given one month to write and record a Thanksgiving song based on a theme. The creations were released on the website You Don’t Know Jersey in time for Thanksgiving and has become an annual event. The benefit compilation will feature reworked versions of a selection of the songs from the challenges. Proceeds from the album and performance will benefit the Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair. Since 1982 their mission is to offer, “…food, clothing, and other services to people in need who live in Montclair and neighboring communities in Essex County.”


The benefit performance will be held on November 17 at Stosh’s located at 18-15 Maple Ave. in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. The show will be free but monetary donations will be accepted. A limited run of CDs will be available for sale, and all proceeds will go to the Human Needs Pantry of Montclair. The show will begin at 7 pm. Stuff This in Yer Face! will be released on November 16 by Cocotazo Media, and You Don’t Know Jersey and will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and on other music purchasing or streaming sites.


Cocotazo Media produces creative audio, highlighting music and audio fiction by independent artists of all backgrounds. You Don’t Know Jersey explores New Jersey, covering the arts, entertainment, food, sports, and travel - dispelling rumors and misconceptions - showing what the Garden State is all about. For more information on the Stuff This in Yer Face! compilation or benefit performance, please visit cocotazomedia.com or youdontknowjersey.com.

Review - Continuing the Conversation

Continuing the Conversation is a worthwhile addition to drama’s canon. The six thought-provoking plays should provide much fodder for serious thought and talk. With humor and sensitivity, they tackle thorny problems in such a manner as would make the ancient Greeks proud.
— Ruth Ross, NJ Arts Maven

We've received a wonderful review from Ruth Ross at NJ Arts Maven for Continuing the Conversation at Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre. The last three shows run Friday, May 11 at 8pm, Saturday, May 12 at 8pm, and Sunday, May 13 at 2pm.

Here's  the review: http://www.njartsmaven.com/2018/04/review-sparkling-thoughtful.html

For tickets and more information, go here: http://www.dreamcatcherrep.org/continuing-the-conversation-2018