Saturday, March 24, 2012

FUNDarte and Miami Light Project present INTERACTIVO April 1, 2012 in Miami Beach

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Direct from La Havana: INTERACTIVO

Smoking Hot Timba-Funk Band
 from Cuba in their U.S. debut tour
On Sunday, April 1st, some of the most exciting musicians
of the contemporary Cuban music scene will be sharing
their unique sound in the opened-air North Beach BandShell
 on Miami Beach: Roberto Carcassés , William  Vivanco,
Melvis Santa,  Francis del Río y Telmary, are only some
of the outstanding names headlining in Interactivo,
the most provocative timba-funk band out there.  This
concert is presented by FUNDarte and Miami Light Project
as part of the fifth edition of Miami’s Global Cuba Fest.

Interactivo will heat up the BandShell at 7 PM with
their Miami premiere. Although this is their very
first time in the U.S, Interactivo is an internationally acclaimed
Cuban fusion ensemble whose sizzling performances
and recordings have already taken Europe and the
Americas by storm.  The Group was founded in 2001
under the direction of renowned Cuban keyboardist
Roberto Carcassés, and within a few short years, it
turned into the most interesting musical expression
of contemporary Cuban musical fusion, mixing
traditional Cuban rhythms like danzón, bolero
and son, infused with generous helpings of
jazz, rock and pop. 

Date & Time
Sunday, April 1, 2012 @ 7.00 PM

$20 General Admission / $15 Students and Seniors
 are available at
North Beach Band Shell
Collins Ave & 73rd St,
 Miami Beach, FL 33141

Why do such stellar musicians all play together in the same band?

Interactivo is a project of musical cooperation which has joined musicians from a variety of styles: jazz, timba, hip-hop…”, says Roberto Carcassés, the artistic director and band’s leader in which a number of Amazing Cuban musicians have toured: Oscar Valdés, Bobby Carcassés, Carlos Ríos, Domingo Calendario Acosta, Carlos Sarduy, Adel Gonzalez, Yandy Martinez… and this is only the beginning.

The band’s first recording, “Goza Pepillo”, came out in 2005 and won the Best Album prize at the Cubadisco awards the following year. The special chemistry between all the members of the Group, and both the critical and public success have launched this musical phenomena. The result is their second album, “Cubanos por el Mundo”, a work that has spread Interactivo’s notoriety in France, Norway, Italy and Spain.

Interactivo was recently the subject of a documentary by Cuban director Tané Martínez. The film premiered in December 2010 at the Havana International Film Festival and it reflects the band’s strength on stage.  When this energy hits Miami, get ready to dance!

About some of the artists

Roberto Carcassés is one of the most acclaimed Cuban jazz pianists and the bandleader of Interactivo. Carcassés has been invited to perform at many international jazz festivals, including the Barcelona Jazz Festival (1997), the Havana Festival (1995, 1996, 1997) and the Utah Jazz Festival (1998). In 1997, Roberto Carcassés composed the soundtrack for the film Violetas (México), as well as some songs for the films Cuarteto De La Habana (Spain) and New Rose Hotel (US). Carcassés has collaborated with many musicians such as Chucho Valdés, Changuito, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, and Harper Simon.

Telmary Díaz is a Cuban rapper, musician, and spoken-word artist. In 1999 Telmary formed her first band, Free Hole Negro, where she experimented in on-stage mixing and incorporating audiovisuals into live performance. She then joined Interactivo in 2002. She has also collaborated with many other artists, including Cuban artists Pío Leyva (Buena Vista Social Club), Kelvis Ochoa, Kumar, and international artists Afrika Bambaataa (United States), DJ Kassim (Brazil), and Quadrasonic (Canada). In 2007 she released her first solo album “A Diario”, winning a Cubadisco Award for Best Hip Hop Album.

William Vivanco learned to play in the Cuban streets where music is everywhere. A vocalist and guitarrist, he recorded his first album, “Lo tengo to pensao” with Bis Music Labe. He has performed with Eliades Ochoa, Los Sabandeños, Liuba Maria Hevia, Gerardo Alfonso, Postrova and Aceituna sin Hueso. In 2007 he got a Cubadisco Award for his work “La Isla Milagrosa”.

Francis del Río started at 1991 as a member of “Sororidad Latina” Orchestra. In 1992 he moved to La Havana and started to perform as singer in the “Timba Suicida” show, under the direction of Santiago Alfonso. He has collaborated with the best figures of the contemporary Cuban music scene, like Bobby Carcassés, X Alfonso, Roberto Carcassés and Carlos Alberto Cartay. In 2002 participated in the Sintesis albun, “Habana a Flor de piel”, which got nominated to the Latin Grammys. “Sentimiento” is his first solo Album, released with the Silvio Rodríguez label, Unicornio. In 2005 collaborates with Telmary´s  “A diario”.


*Global Cuba Fest is FUNDarte's signature series (co-presented yearly with Miami Light Project) dedicated to presenting the finest in contemporary performing arts from Cuba and the Cuban Diaspora. 

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