Musicians

Mikaël Hyla

He grew up in Montsalvy, a small village in central France, in a musical environment with his guitarist father and started playing piano at the age of 4. He later became interested in guitar, saxophone and accordion, the latter becoming his instrument of choice. He plays in different bands of French songs, reggae and tzigane music in the city of Lyon where he works his instrument in a self-taught way. On his first trip to Colombia in 2013, he discovers the musical diversity of South America and begins an exploration of new genres such as cumbia and salsa.

Based in Colombia, Mikaël creates in 2019 the ensemble Mikaël Hyla Trio with renowned Colombian musicians, Eduardo Gonzalez on double bass and Didier Martinez on drums, mixing rhythms and melodies of tzigane and Caribbean music, jazz and traditional music. In 2023 the group integrates Sebastián Pérez, Colombian clarinetist.

Eduardo Gonzalez

Originally from Medellin, Eduardo Gonzalez teaches electric bass and jazz double bass at the Universidad Eafit and Bellas Artes in Medellin, and is a founding member of the Puerto Candelaria group, where he has ventured into world music, Colombian and jazz fusions.

Latin Grammy winner for best cumbia album in 2019 and nominated for best children's music album 2022 with Sinfonía de los bichos raros. 

He has participated in the main jazz, popular music and world music festivals in Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia. 

Didier Martinez

Born in Santander, he has worked as a drum teacher at the Escuela Superior de Artes Débora Arango and at the Colegio Gimnasio Internacional de Medellín.

He has been a member of several ensembles and groups such as the Ensamble de Jazz de Eafit, Pala, Miguel Rodrick Quintet and The Merenders. He has been a member of the group Puerto Candelaria since 2009, with whom he has toured 37 times internationally.

Sebastian Perez

He studied clarinet at the Instituto de Bellas Artes de Copacabana at the age of 12. He then began his undergraduate studies at the University of Antioquia under the tutelage of Master Sandra Sánchez Cuervo. In 2016 he obtained the title of Master in clarinet.

He was recognized as the best instrumentalist in the Antioquia Vive la Música contest and in the II National Clarinet Competition Gabriel Uribe García, besides winning the Young Clarinettists Competition of the University of Antioquia.

He has worked as a clarinet and saxophone teacher at the Instituto de Bellas Artes de Copacabana and as director of the musical group Ancestro Colombiano. He plays clarinet and saxophone in groups of the city of Medellín, both academic and symphonic music as well as popular music.He won a Latin Grammy with Puerto Rican artist Olga Tañón in 2017 and was nominated in 2020 with the group Los Cumbia Stars.

Currently, he is a clarinetist and saxophonist in the latter group, and has a YouTube channel called El Clarinete Colombiano, where he spreads knowledge about this instrument in the context of the music of our country.

He joined the band Mikaël Hyla Cuarteto in 2022, bringing his knowledge of Colombian music and jazz, strengthening the bridge between the traditional music of Europe where the clarinet is very much present and tropical music.