Global Cuba Fest

Opening Night: Global Cuba Fest 2018

March 10, 2018

8:30 pm


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March 10, 2018

8:30 pm

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Miami-Dade Country Auditorium
2901 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33135

Expand your musical horizons through the music of acclaimed Cuban pianist Tony Perez, considered one of Cuba’s top musical geniuses, in an unforgettable Piano Marathon Cubano that spans a range of diverse musical genres and styles, including jazz, salsa, timba, and even rock and funk.

Bask in the soulful passion and sensuality of Yusa, a talented composer, multi-instrumentalist, and powerful vocalist gracing the Miami stage after successful engagements in cities around the globe. Yusa’s work defies any genre or category and incorporates world influences with introspective and transformative lyrics, often penned by the artist herself.

$50 VIP
$25 Adults
$20 Seniors and Students with ID (Limited).

Tickets: Ticketmaster at; by phone (800) 745-3000 and at the Miami Dade County Auditorium Box Office, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
More Information: (305) 547-5414; (786) 348-0789


Born in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, Tony Perez began his jazz training at Cuba’s National School of Arts and is currently considered to be one of Cuba’s most accomplished contemporary musicians. He has performed and recorded with many renowned artists in the Latin American music scene, also leading several Afro-Cuban jazz ensembles with top-name musicians, including such names as Isaac Delgado, Fania Allstars, Celia Cruz, Jose Luis Cortes, and Giraldo Piloto’s group ‘Klimax’, who referred to Perez as “one of the greatest pianists in Cuban music.” In 1998 Mr. Perez was hand-picked by Chucho Váldes to become the pianist for the most internationally renowned Cuban group of all time, ‘Irakere’ and participated in the production of the all-star collaboration “La Rumba Soy Yo,” a recording that won a Grammy in the 2001 Latin Music Awards. His relocation to Boston, MA in the early 21stCentury placed him among the greats in the Boston Berklee Jazz Scene, where he has flexed his jazz muscles playing with local giants. Among his accomplishments, Tony Perez has released two recordings, the 1998 solo-piano disc “Soneao” on Tamarindo Records, and “From Enchantment and Timba to Full Force Jazz,” a sophisticated yet hard-driving collection of Latin Jazz originals released by Pimienta Records in 2005.

Yusa is a Cuban singer and songwriter, born in the Buena Vista district of Havana, Cuba and brought up in East Havana, Yusa’s childhood was cradled by music. She started studying guitar at the age of 6, and completed her musical studies at the Amadeo Roldán Music Conservatory, where she concentrated on a particular type of Cuban guitar called the tres, after which she began performing in small bars and clubs in Havana. Yusa is a multi-instrumentalist who is perfectly at ease playing guitar, bass, keyboard, or percussion instruments. Her voice is also a powerful instrument, and she writes a great deal of her own material. Her music is defined as a young and thoroughly modern musical style laced with funk, jazz, rap, and soul influences, but holding on tightly to its African and Caribbean roots. Yusa is often described as a poet, and her songs expose the personal daily struggles of living in Havana. A master collaborator, Yusa has recorded and performed with top artists working in a variety of musical genres, creating a fresh and sophisticated sound that opens up a new dimension of Cuban music.

Drummer, composer, arranger and producer Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez has been a driving force behind some of the most popular and influential Latin and Latin-fused music of the past two decades. Since leaving Cuba in 1990 his drumming has propelled the efforts of Grammy Award winners Michel Camilo, Roy Hargrove, Chucho Valdes, Gary Burton, Alejandro Sanz and Carlos Santana, as well as Paquito D’Rivera and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Hernandez is identified by his unique “Latin Fusion” style, melding the folkloric clave with the fierce punch, crisp snap and deep grooves of today’s Jazz, Pop, and Rock.

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Kristina Villaverde

Special Projects Manager

A native of Miami, Kristina Villaverde became Miami Light Project’s Technical Director in 2014. Kristina is also the director of Miami Light Project’s Technical Fellowship, a program designed to train emerging theater technicians and prepares them for professional work. A long time staple in the South Florida theater community, Kristina has worked as the Head Electrician at Byron Carlyle Theater, The Colony Theater and the Olympia Theater. Additionally, she has built her theater skills as Light Designer and Stage Manager for numerous productions, and worked for local arts organizations as Young Arts and Miami Lyric Opera. Kristina has been a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 500 and had the opportunity to work as a stagehand for a variety of productions from Broadway, Comedy Central, CBS, Telemundo to Live Nation at a great number of venues in South Florida.
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Terrence Brunn

Marketing & Communications Manager

A native of St. Thomas, US Virgin Island, Terrence Brunn is an arts administrator and designer with a B.A. in Business Management from the University of Miami. Terrence Brunn joined MLP in 2012 as part of the Miami Light Project’s Technical Fellowship Program inaugural class where he explored all aspects of stagecraft. Now Terrence is the communications manager for Miami Light Project and the program coordinator for Miami Theater Center. Terrence currently resides in Miami and enjoys traveling when not working.
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Regina Moore

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Regina Moore joined Miami Light Project in October 2012. Previously, Regina worked as an independent consultant and grant writer for nonprofits in South Florida. Since 2003, Regina has worked with cultural & arts and community services organizations on projects that have generated more than $4 million in grants. She has 18 years of experience in grant proposal development, strategic planning, building collaborations and program evaluation for small/mid-size nonprofits. Regina holds a master degree in business administration from the University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL) and bachelor’s degree in business from Pontificia Universidade Católica (Sao Paulo, Brazil). A native of Brazil, Regina currently resides in Boca Raton with her husband, John, and two children, Thomas and Emilie.
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Eventz Paul

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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.

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Elizabeth Boone

Artistic & Executive Director

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.