Aquiles is a Panamanian trumpeter whose Grandfather was an accomplished cellist. Following in his foot steps, Aquiles always felt connected to music as expression. Growing up listening to his fathers music collection, his sound reflects the Panamanian culture of folkloric music, salsa and reggae. He was exposed to jazz in his late teens.
AQUILES STUDIED IN PANAMA WITH TENOR PLAYER CARLOS GARNETT AND TRUMPETER VICTOR "VITÍN" PAZ. HE MOVED TO BOSTON, MA TO ATTEND THE NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY WHERE HE RECEIVED A BACHELORS DEGREE IN JAZZ PERFORMANCE. SHORTLY AFTER THAT HE MOVED TO MIAMI, FL WHERE HE STUDIED UNDER TRUMPETER BRIAN LYNCH AND OBTAINED A MASTERS DEGREE FROM THE FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI. AQUILES CURRENTLY LIVES IN HARLEM, NY WHERE HE PERFORMS REGULARLY WITH SEVERAL PROJECTS AND MUSICAL SETTINGS.