Julian Silva

Julian Silva

Musician - Composer - Producer

Julian Silva is an acclaimed musician, producer and composer with more than 17 years of experience in the music industry. While he is primarily known as a percussionist, his balanced repertoire of instrumental knowledge also includes wind and string instruments.

Most notably, Julian is recognized in the Salsa genre for his work with La Excelencia, a band he cofounded in 2005. With La Excelencia, Julian recorded, produced and composed three albums: Salsa Con Conciencia (2006), Mi Tumbao Social (2009), and Ecos Del Barrio (2012). His works have been received with measurable success in both national and international markets, resulting in tours and sold-out performances in more than 16 European and Latin American countries, as well as the United States. Julian has also had the honor of sharing performance bills with great artists including: Buena Vista Social Club, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, The Wailers, Ozomatli, Juan Luis Guerra, Oscar D’Leon, Eddie Palmieri, Calle 13, El Gran Combo, Grupo Niche, Havana D’ Primera, Conjunto Classico, Larry Harlow, Ismael Miranda, Alfredo De La Fe, Spanish Harlem Orquesrta, Cheo Feliciano, Adalberto Santiago, DLG, Sargent Garcia, and Los Van Van.

Julian’s musical compositions have also garnered worldwide media exposure and have been featured in a variety of television programs, fitness videos, independent films and numerous CD compilations including, FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, Zumba Fitness, NFL’s Monday Night Football, BBC’s Latin Music USA – Live at the Barbican Theater, P-Star Rising and The Big Shot Caller, Press coverage of Julian’s musical endeavors has appeared in The New York Times, Latin Beat Magazine, The New York Daily News, NY1 News and ABC’s “Tiempo."

MUSIC THERAPY
Julian holds a master’s degree in music therapy from New York University (NYU). While at NYU, Julian completed a music therapy internship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and a field placement at Bronx Lebanon Hospital. At MSKCC his clinical experience included the use of song writing, improvisation, lyric analysis and drumming to help patients cope with the physical and psychological effects of cancer diagnosis and treatment. At Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Julian used music to facilitate individual and group sessions for patients dealing with sexual abuse, substance dependency, domestic violence and anger management. In addition, Julian spent time at the Child Study Center at Bronx Lebanon helping adolescents use music as a form of expression in dealing with abuse, violence, neglect, and various psychiatric issues.

NATIONAL TOURS
Sounds of Barazil (SOBs) – New York, NY
Copacabana – New York, NY
Gonzalez y Gonzalez – New York, NY
West Gate Lounge – Nyack, NY
Connecticut Salsa Fest – Stamford, CT
South Street Seaport – New York, NY
New York Salsa Congress – New York, NY
Puerto Rican Day Parade – New York, NY
Yonkers PR Day Parade – Yonkers, NY
Latin Quarter (LQ) – New York, NY
Julia De Burgos Cultural Center – New York, NY
Roberto Clemente Park – New York, NY
Café Iguana – New York, NY
El Dia De La Salsa – New York, NY
Battery Park Latin Music Series – New York, NY
116th Street Festival – New York, NY
Tavern on the Green – New York, NY
Orchard Beach – New York, NY
Hardee’s Latin Fest – Virginia Beach, VA
Lehman Center – Bronx, NY
Lincoln Center – New York, NY
Viva Chicago Music Festival – Chicago, Il
Hostos Repertory Theater – Bronx, NY
Webster Hall – New York, NY
Festival International – Lafayette, LA
New Orleans Jazzfest – New Orleans, LA
The Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
Tipatina’s – New Orleans, LA
The House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
French Quarter Fest – New Orleans, LA
Houston International Festival – Houston, TX
Austin Salsa Festival – Austin TX
92Y Tribeca – New York, NY
International Festival of Arts and Ideas – New Haven, CT
National Folk Festival – Butte, MT
Musikfest – Bethlehem, PA
Chicago World Music Festival – Chicago, Ill
Global Union – Milwaukee, WI
Lowell Folk Festival – Lowell, MA
National Folk Festival – Nashville, TN
University of Richmond – Richmond, VA
Globalquerque – Albuquerque, NM

INTERNATIONAL TOURS
Latinoamericando – Milan, IT
Rome Salsa Festival – Rome, IT
New Morning – Paris, FR
Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld – Koln, DE
229 The Venue – London, UK
The Extravaganza – Bristol, UK
Croatian Summer Salsa Festival – Rovinj, HR
Toros y Salsa – Dax, FR
Turkish International Salsa Festival – Antalaya, TR
Salsa Party EL Barrio – Marseille, FR
Lucerne Salsa Festival – Lucerne, CH
Euroson Latino – Puebla,MX
La Maraka – Mexico City, MX
Montreal Jazz Fest – Montreal, CA
Barbican Centre – London, UK
Fusion Festival – Larz, DE
South Hill Arts Centre – Bracknell, UK
Glastonbury Festival – Glastonbury, UK
Cargo – London, UK
The Old Market – Brighton, UK
The Picket – Liverpool, UK
The Wardrobe – Leeds, UK
Havana Club – Berlin, DE
Salsa Life Party – Trier, DE
Club Mystique – Amsterdam, NL
Festival Mundial – Tilburg, NL
Salsa Jam – Kyrenia, CY
Village Tropical Festival – Geneve, CH
Floridita – Vienna, AT
SalsaLux – Walferdange, LU
Melkweg – Amsterdam, NL
Afro-Latino Festival – Bree, BE
Norwegian Salsa Congress – Oslo, NO

My Soultone Set: 

17" Latin Crash

Discography