Silvestre Martinez出生於墨西哥瓦哈卡州的Puerto Angel。他成長於一個慣常演奏Chilena、Merequetengue 及Charanga等Afro-Mexican音樂的音樂世家。
Silvestre從小就常常和在Los Angeles del Puerto樂隊演奏康加鼓的父親一起參加音樂會。Silvestre常坐在後台接受韻律的熏陶。他10歲時開始和父親所在的樂隊一起表演和錄音。15歲時，Silvestre搬到瓦哈卡城學習打擊樂。他的啟蒙老師之一是一個拉丁打擊樂手，他為Silvestre打開了拉丁爵士的大門。從此Silvestre開始接觸到諸多如Giovanni Hildalgo, Poncho Sanchez, Mongo Santamaria 和Ray Barreto等人的唱片，並深受啟發，他開始成為瓦哈卡城知名的打擊樂手，並曾與多個salsa樂隊合作。
Silvestre最大的願望是在美國演奏打擊樂，這個願望在2002年他遷居舊金山灣區時實現了。自那時起他開始與一眾傳奇拉丁爵士樂音樂人，像是Louie Romero (打擊樂手, Fania All Stars and Mazacote), Jerry Gonzalez (the fort apache 樂隊. los comandos de la clave), larry Harlow (el Judio Maravilloso) ,Eddie Santiago, Paquito D’ Rivera, Oscar Stagnaro, Karl Perazzo (打擊樂手, Santana), Orestes Vilato (Fania All Stars)(Cachao)(John Santos), Coto Pincheira (Modern Sound Project) 、Jorge Santana (Malo)及其他演繹不同風格的拉美音樂的樂隊一起進行表演。
Silvestre Martinez was born in Puerto Angel, Oaxaca, Mexico. He grew up in a large family of musicians, who played Chilena, Merequetengue and Charanga music, which is Afro-Mexican music from the coast.
When Silvestre was very young, he would often attend concerts with his father, who played congas in the band, Los Angeles del Puerto. Silvestre would sit backstage and absorb the rhythms of the coast, and by age 10, he began performing and recording with his father’s band. At age 15, Silvestre moved to Oaxaca City to study percussion. One of his first teachers, a Latin percussionist exposed Silvestre to the world of Latin Jazz. There he discovered the recordings and was inspired by musicians such as Giovanni Hildalgo, Poncho Sanchez, Mongo Santamaria and Ray Barreto. He developed a reputation in Oaxaca for being an excellent percussionist, and worked with many salsa bands.
In 1999, Silvestre was invited to live and perform in Bali, Indonesia, where he played salsa, Latin jazz and world music. Silvestre continued to travel and perform in various countries in Europe and Asia. Once Silvestre returned to Mexico, he traveled to Cuba to deepen his understanding of the roots of Afro-Cuban music.
Silvestre’s ultimate dream was to play percussion in the United States, and his dream became realized with he moved to the Bay Area in 2002 and began performing with legendary Latin jazz musicians such as Louie Romero (percussionist, Fania All Stars and Mazacote), Jerry Gonzalez (the fort apache band,. los comandos de la clave), larry Harlow (el Judio Maravilloso). Eddie Santiago, Paquito D’ Rivera, Oscar Stagnaro, Karl Perazzo (percussionist, Santana), Orestes Vilato (Fania All Stars)(Cachao)(John Santos), Coto Pincheira (Modern Sound Project) and Jorge Santana (Malo), as well as many other bands who played various types of music from Latin America.