Part of the allure of Cuban music for outsiders is the thrill of discovering a secret musical world – an intoxicating music created in an island with an endlessly vital, constantly morphing musical tradition that’s still cut off, in many ways, from the rest of the world. A music with profound roots whose artists are always fermenting something new. Which, despite the island’s frequent political isolation, has deeply influenced music in the United States, Latin America and Africa.
Garo’s intimate vinyl listening session at Dante’s Hi-Fi in Wynwood, which kicks off Miami Light Project and FUNDarte’s annual Global Cuba Fest on Thursday March 3rd, 2022, takes that thrill of discovering the hidden to new heights – and depths. Garo is the performance name of Edgar Gonzalez (also known as EdgarO and Producer En Jefe, or Producer in Chief), who was an integral part of Cuba’s revolutionary underground hiphop scene in the 90’s and co-founder of one of its pivotal groups, Doble Filo (Double Edge.)
Now a producer, Garo, who lives in Brooklyn and Havana, has spent years digging deep into foundational Cuban vinyl recordings from the 1940’s to the 90’s, particularly obscure and boundary-breaking genres and groups little known even on the island. As music lovers have rediscovered the authentic joys of vinyl records, Garo has ridden the format’s resurgence with specialized listening sessions. He’s a live musicologist, historian, recording technology expert – DJing the intricately beating heart of Cuban music.
Eventz Paul is currently the Technical Director and Productions Manager at Miami Light Project. He has been a part of this organization since 2011. He participated in Miami Light Project’s first class of the Technical Fellowship Program held at The Light Box. He joined this program hoping to improve his existing theater skills. He received training from experts in the industry that mentored and further his theater technical skills. Now, he has successfully used his professional knowledge and has had the opportunity to work with various arts organizations and venues throughout Miami including Miami Theater Center, National Young Arts Foundation, the Colony Theatre and many more. He has become an instructor and conducts audiovisual classes to incoming technical fellows.
Beth Boone has been the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project since 1998, developing critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida. These programs include: the establishment of Here & Now, South Florida’s most respected commission and presenting program for community-based artists; premiere presentations of internationally acclaimed; pioneering historic international cultural exchange with Cuba; and the creation of The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, a multi-use performance and visual art space in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. She previously served as Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera, Deputy Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus, co-founded an Off Broadway theater company (New York Rep), and served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA.