Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Global Cuba Fest - From el Barrio to the Main Stage - in Miami March 18, 2017, w/ Additional Concerts March 9-11

Truly Global
Truly Cuba
Truly a Fiesta!

Global Cuba Fest 10th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, March 18th at 8:00 p.m. at the 
Miami-Dade County Auditorium

FUNDarte and Miami Light Project, in collaboration with Miami-DadeCounty Auditorium, present the 10th annual edition of Global Cuba Fest (GCF) 2017, a very special evening celebrating an event that for a decade has brought the most talented musicians from Cuba and the Cuban Diaspora to Miami audiences. Come celebrate this historical evening with us and be a part of the history of live Cuban music in Miami, on Saturday March 18 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W Flagler St., Miami, FL 33135 - MAP).

Three amazing concerts will bring to the stage some of the most celebrated names in contemporary Cuban music, such as internationally renowned pianist Ernán López Nussa; multifaceted composer and trumpet player Carlos Puig, presenting his latest project with a stellar lineup of Cuban musicians residing in Miami and special guests such as Ahmed Barroso, Lillian García, and Pavel Urkiza, among others. The band Picadillo, based in Madrid, Spain, and featuring such talented musicians as Hector Agüero Lauten, Rey Rodríguez Gay, and Cuban-American vocalist Sol Ruiz, will close out the event with their acclaimed sonic fusion of Cuban and US-based influences in a sophisticated and explosive project specifically tailored for Miami audiences attending the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Global Cuba Fest (GCF) in Miami, with renowned contemporary Cuban author Wendy Guerra as the evening’s mistress of ceremonies.

Global Cuba Fest 2017

What: Cuban Fiesta celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Global Cuba Fest in Miami.
When: Saturday, March 18, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
Where: Miami Dade County Auditorium (2901 W Flagler St., Miami, FL 33135)
Price: $30 General Admission | $25 Students and Seniors | $20 groups of 10 or more (Limited availability).
Tickets: On sale through Ticketmaster at; by phone at (800) 745-3000, and at Miami Dade County Auditorium Box Office, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For more information: (305) 547-5414 and (786) 348 -0789

Additional Global Cuba Fest Concerts:
Nu DecoEnsemble with special guests Danay Suarez and Dayramir Gonzalez. Presented by Miami Light Project and FUNDarte. March 9,10,11, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th Street (Wynwood). Miami FL 33127 

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Global Cuba Fest 2017 March 18th Program Lineup

Érnan López Nussa (Cuba)
This renowned Cuban pianist has built an international reputation thanks to his capacity to integrate rhythm, lyricism, and fusion in a singular and authentic manner.  This talented composer, arranger and performer creates music characterized by impressive formal richness and amazing versatility.  Ernán studied classical piano at the prestigious Instituto de Artes de Cuba and developed his musical style in the 1980s while working with the Afrocuba, which has become an iconic institution of Cuban music. Throughout his career as a soloist, López-Nussa has traveled and performed at such famed venues as Ronnie Scott's in London and New Morning in Paris, as well as touring through Chicago, Los Ángeles, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Rome, and many other cities around the world. This pianist has been awarded the Grand Prize at the International Cubadisco Fair multiple times, for his album “From Havana to Río” released in 2000, “Veinte pianos” released in 2011, and “Sacrilegio” released in 2014. His body of work contains over 15 solo recordings.


*Carlos Puig Hatem (Miami/Cuba)
A multifaceted artist, Carlos Puig has developed simultaneously different lines of work over the last 30 years, as a jazz, pop, latin, and film composer, trumpeter, pianist, arranger, orchestrator, and conductor, as well as a Classical composer with more than 20 symphonic, chamber and choral works. Puig has performed and recorded his music in many countries around the world (USA, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands) collaborating with artists such as Ravi Coltrane, Horacio "El Negro" Hernández, Celia Cruz, Gema & Pavel, Julio Barreto, Willy Chirino, and many others. The Carlos Puig Group is his latest project, a jazz fusion band focused on creating an improvised music which combines elements of jazz, pop, and Afro-Cuban traditions, placing an emphasis on the harmonic style and the form of the compositions.


*FUNDarte has won a 2-year Knights Arts Challenge award for the project “From El Barrio to the Mainstage”, an initiative to commission and present four Miami-based musical artists to new audiences. FUNDarte is proud to present Carlos Puig as a recipient of one of our Knight Arts Challenge commissions.

Picadillo (Madrid, Spain)
Picadillo is a band that represents the “latin alternative”  musical movement and was created in Madrid in 2010 by musicians hailing from Cuba and the United States.  Their musical style mixes traditional Cuban sounds such as guaracha and son, fusioned with jazz, blues, rock and rhythmic elements of New Orleans bluegrass music. With a flavor that is simultaneously vintage and fresh, Picadillo has performed in diverse venues in Italy, Spain, the United States, Canada, and Cuba. Their first recording, “Las Cosas de la Vida” contains ten original compositions that earned them international recognition in the global musical industry through the Warner Chapell Music label.  Currently, Picadillo is in the final stages of recording their second album “El Manicomio” (“The Insane Asylum”) incorporating the use of traditional instruments such as the tres (a small three-stringed guitar), the marimbula (a percussive instrument), and the órgano oriental (eastern organ).


Wendy Guerra (Cuba)
Wendy Guerra (Havana, 1970) is a Cuban poet and novelist. Guerra has contributed to different magazines and newspapers, including the Spanish daily El Mundo (where she maintained the blog Habaname for five years) and The Miami Herald, where she currently writes about arts and literature. Guerra's first collection ‘Platea a oscuras’ won her a prize from the University of Havana when she was barely 17 years old. She earned a degree in Filmmaking from Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte, where Gabriel García Márquez was her screenwriting professor. Guerra’s first novel, ‘Everyone's Leaving’ (2006), was largely based on her own diaries and followed the young protagonist’s childhood and adolescence in Cuba. NPR's Alan Cheuse said of Guerra in ‘Everyone’s Leaving’: “she describes with a freshness and intensity I haven't read before.” The novel was adapted into a film by the Colombian director Sergio Cabrera in 2014. Upon her return to Cuba from Spain in 2006, where she had gone to receive the Bruguera Prize, she was asked to step down from hosting her own television show and, although her novels have been translated into several languages, only one of them has been published in Cuba. Guerra has been a guest lecturer at Princeton University and Dartmouth College. In 2010 she was proclaimed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and in 2016 she was promoted to the rank of Officer. She has always lived in Havana.


Global Cuba Fest Celebra el X Aniversario
Sábado, 18 de Marzo 8:00 p.m. en el Miami-Dade County Auditorium

FUNDarte y Miami Light Project, en colaboración con el Miami-Dade County Auditorium, presentan la decima edición del Global Cuba Fest (GCF) 2017, una noche especial por los festejos del evento que reúne año tras año a los músicos más virtuosos de la isla y la diáspora cubana. Celebra con nosotros y sé parte de la historia de
la música cubana en Miami, este Sábado 18 de Marzo  desde las 7:00 p.m. a las 11:00 p.m., en el Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W Flagler St., Miami, FL 33135).

Tres conciertos de lujo que convocan a los más reconocidos nombres de la música contemporánea de Cuba, como el caso del talentoso pianista: Érnan López Nussa; el multifacético compositor y trompetista Carlos Puig, que presenta su nuevo proyecto con una agrupación estelar, integrada por músicos cubanos radicados en Miami, e invitados especiales como Ahmed Barroso, Lillian García y Pavel Urkiza entre otros; y la banda Picadillo, con base en Madrid, España, integrada por Hector Agüero Lauten, Rey Rodríguez Gay y la cubano-americana Sol Ruiz, reconocidos por su trabajo de fusión con sonoridades cubanas y estadounidenses, pondrá el broche de cierre a una propuesta sofisticada y explosiva, pensada para el disfrute del público que acudirá al concierto de celebración del X aniversario del GCF con la conducción de la galardonada escritora cubana Wendy Guerra.

Global Cuba Fest 2017

Qué: Fiesta musical cubana, celebrando la edición número diez del Festival en Miami.  
Cuándo: Sábado, 18 de Marzo – De 8:00 p.m. a 11:30 p.m. (Puertas abren a las 7:00 p.m.)
Dónde: Miami Dade County Auditorium (2901 W Flagler St., Miami, FL 33135)
Precio: $30, Admisión general | $25 Estudiantes y Personas mayores | $20 para grupos de 10 personas o más (Limitadas).
Tickets: a la venta por Ticketmaster en; por teléfono (800) 745-3000 y el Miami Dade County Auditorium Box Office, de lunes a viernes de 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Más información: (305) 547-5414 y (786) 348-0789

The concerts of Global Cuba Fest 2017 are sponsored by the Miami Dade County Auditorium, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners; State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, with the support of Miami Light Project, University of the Miami, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Joseph Carter Memorial Fund, Cuban Theater Digital Archive; FIU’s Cuban Research Institute, Centro Cultural de España en Miami. Xael Charters, WDNA, WLRN, The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, Miami Art Guide, Glassworks Multimedia, Generacion Asere, and Romaldesign. 
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