5 Questions with Cesco Emmanuel (video)

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 and is currently pursuing his advanced studies with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London (ABRSM).

His first taste of band life came at 16 with the heavy metal cover band – Warhead. By 18, he formed the original progressive/alternative band Brothers Grimm. He was a founding member in the cover band – FLIPSIDE that won the first edition of the Anchorage Pop Music awards (1996) but left soon after to continue creating music.

Big Eyed Grieve (an avant-garde, experimental unit), formed in 1996 played on for seven years. Sadly, just as the band were about to record their first studio album, their equipment was stolen. The band never truly recovered after that tragedy, but played a reunion show on Jan 1st, 2005. A live recording was later released in Dec, 2011.

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. On the solo front, two other 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 debut album ‘Across the Shoreline’ can be heard at www.myspace.com/thebound

Cesco tours with Canadian Calypso/Reggae outfit – Kobo Town. Check out HYPERLINK “http://www.kobotown.com/”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 North America and Europe, most notably performing at the Montreal Jazz Festival ( July 2007), the Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY (April 2008), Berlin’s Wassermusik Festival (July 2009) and Nurnberg’s Bardentreffen Festival (July 2009 & 2012).

Cesco’s day gig currently involves running a guitar program in his native land – Trinidad, and performing with his power trio – THe SONic REVIVal PROJect. Their self-titled debut album (July 2010) is available at www.reverbnation.com/thesonicrevivalproject

His first full-length solo acoustic album – ‘Side One: Journey Within’ was released May 2012. You can get a copy at www.cdbaby.com/cd/cescoemmanuel

Cesco also composes for film. His latest work can be heard on the 3-part documentary series- ‘Inward Hunger’ – The story of Eric Williams ((2011) – Winner – Best full-length feature film, T&T Film Awards, 2012); the documentary short – PAN! (2010) and the short film – A Story About Wendy (Official Selection at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2012).

You can find all the musical projects he’s ever worked on at www.cescoemmanuel.bandcamp.com/

Have a Listen!


TG: Who are some of your favourite musical acts?
CE: RUSH, The Police, John Williams, Soundgarden

TG: When at home, what do you like to eat?
CE: Curry mainly, a good Macaroni Pie and Stew Chicken, Lasagne

TG: If you could only cook one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
CE: Thai Food

TG: What are your three favourite local restaurants of the moment?
CE: Well…..I don’t go out that much….but I like Hakka, Jaffa and Tiki Village

TG: If you won the lottery and could give $1 million USD to a single cause which would it be, and why?
CE: World Vision, because they’re helping to build a new life for millions of children around the world.

Watch Cesco perform “Green” and “Bittersweet” on Episode 9 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”!

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