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Global Cuba Fest 2016

March 12, 2016

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The Music is back! 

Miami Light Project and FUNDarte are proud to present the 9th Annual Global Cuba Fest from March 12, 2016 to March 19, 2016 featuring Cuban music’s most exciting musical acts at the Miami Dade County Auditorium and The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood.

For nearly a decade, Miami Light Project and FUNDarte have brought their popular music series to South Florida, celebrating the roots of Cuban music and the genre’s funkiest innovations exploring jazz, son montuno, bolero, trova, timba and Afro-Cuban rhythms. This year’s lineup is packed with new voices and established masters alike from Cuba and Spain. The program includes sets by Iván “Melon” Lewis, one of the most recognized jazz pianists of his generation; by Yadam, the singer songwriter who has recently escalated from a young promising artist to an established voice in the music scene; by Pavel Urkiza y La Ruta de las Almas Band, a musical journey without precedent directed by a Cuban artist who fuses traditional Sephardic sounds with Afro-Latin music; and by Daymé Arocena, an exceptional young Cuban vocalist  turning heads and catching ears.

The festival kicks off with an opening night celebrating Cuban diaspora in Spain at the Miami Dade County Auditorium (2901 W Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33135) on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
All other performances are at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th Street, Miami, FL 33127) in Wynwood on Thursday, March 17, 2016 and Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Opening Night Celebrating the Cuban Diaspora in Spain
Saturday, March 12th at 8:00PM
Miami Dade County Auditorium  | 2901 W Flagler Street | Miami, FL 33135

Iván “Melon” Lewis (Spain/Cuba)
His virtuosity as a jazz composer and pianist has garnered two nominations, Best New Artist and Best Jazz Album, at the 2015 Latin Grammy. An ongoing collaborator with Concha Buika, Iván “Melon” Lewis will open the evening’s program and share his talents on piano with the Miami audience.
http://www.ivanmelonlewis.com/

Yadam (Spain/Cuba)
Before beginning his solo career, Cuban singer songwriter, Yadam was already a prestigious composer who collaborated with artists like Concha Buika and Pastora Soler. His solo album Confesión put him on the musical radar as one of the most promising young artists in Cuba and Spain. He has been an opening act for Van Morrison and Carlos Santana. Miami’s audience will finally be able to enjoy his singular style that mixes jazz with pop rhythms.

Pavel Urkiza and La Ruta De Las Almas Band! (Spain/Cuba)
With Special Guest Artists: Eliseo Parra, África Gallego and Javier Rubial (Cuba and Spain)

Pavel Urkiza is a composer, guitarist and singer of Cuban origin who is considered a maestro of Afro-Cuban music. With his latest project, “La Ruta de las Almas”, his sensibility for fusing world music styles reaches new heights. Mixing Sephardic, Spanish and Latin American sounds, the effect is lyrical and transports us on a voyage of sensations. He will share a stage with Israeli and Latin American musicians, as well as recognized Spanish artists: Eliseo Parra, África Gallego y Javier Rubial. La Ruta de las Almas is the tangible acoustic manifestation of a documentary project filmed by Urkiza that will be presented on the March 11th at CCE Miami.
http://www.larutadelasalmas.com/

Global Cuba Fest at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, Wynwood!
Thursday and Saturday, March 17 & 19, 2016 at 8:00PM
The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse | 404 NW 26 Street | Wynwood

Daymé Arocena (Cuba)
At 23 years, Daymé is a skillful, charismatic presence in Cuban music. Her powerful voice and her ability to absorb music of any kind, particularly jazz and Cuban neo-soul, with her devotion for Afro-Cuban culture, made her into one of the most exciting artists of the Cuban contemporary scene. At the end of 2015 her debut album “Nueva Era” was selected by National Public Radio of USA (NPR) as one of the best 50 albums of the year.
http://daymearocena.info/

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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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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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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.