Israel Maldonado is a San Diego musician-DJ for-hire with more than three decades of professional experience. He specializes in Latin music but can also mix it up by adding a combination of blues, rock and/or reggae to your event.
Israel Maldonado Music can be hired to play weddings, private parties and corporate events in and around San Diego. Whether you are looking for a single, duo or trio singer for the cocktail hour on your big day, a full band for a formal event or a DJ for a dance party, Israel Maldonado Music will set the mood, get your guests groovin' and make your event one to remember.
Israel will work with you to create the perfect music for your event. He can sing in English, Spanish, Portuguese or a combination of the three. He can also play in any or all of the following styles:
His career started at the age of seven, when he and a group of friends at age 7 played in a band called Banda Infantil del Dif, in his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico. At age 10 he picked up the classical guitar. Shortly after, his family moved to the U.S and he moved on to percussion when he joined the drum line at Carlsbad High School. He got into guitar ensembles during his college years at Palomar College and San Diego State University.
Israel Maldonado Music was born in 1996 with Israel's first club gig at Cafe Sevilla in San Diego. Over the next few years, he played with several popular San Diego bands, bringing Brazilian music, gypsy guitar, salsa and timba to local clubs, restaurants and events. He spent two years touring the nation with Agua Dulce before returning to San Diego and forming his own group.
Throughout the years, he has opened for many popular Latin, blues and rock acts, including Nikka Costa, Los Amigos Invisibles, Ivan Lins, Sergio Mendes and Charlie Hunter.
Additionally, Israel Maldonado Music offers private and semi-private music lessons in San Diego. He teaches guitar and bass, as well as Latin percussion, including Brazilian and AfroCuban percussion. He lets his students' passions guide the lessons and always teaches them the techniques and styles that they want to learn. Israel Maldonado has taught music throughout San Diego, including at San Diego State University, the Oak Park Music Conservatory and Music Mart in Solana Beach. He currently teaches music in his studio and at Coleman Tech Charter High School
David Carano (Bass-Guitar-Vocals),
Dante Loaiza (Vocals Percussion),
Chad Farran (Drums Percussion),
Chuck Prada (Percussion),
Giovanni Mejia (Guitar-Vocals)