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3rd Annual Global Cuba Fest!

FUNDarte and Miami Light Project are proud to announce the line up for the 3rd Annual Global Cuba Fest. Presented on November 7, 2009 as part of Sleepless Night at the Fillmore on Miami Beach, the 3rd Annual Global Cuba Fest will be an all night free extravaganza of Cuban music featuring Carlos Averhoff Jr and the Iresi Quintet, Br@ily and Jose “Pepito” Gomez.

The evening features a showcase of some of the best of contemporary and time-honored Cuban rhythms, with three extraordinary musical groups mixing the diverse rhythms and genres from around the world to create a new and fresh global Cuban sound!

The night begins with the smooth grooves of the Boston-based Jazz saxophonist Carlos Averhoff Jr. and the Iresi Quintet, followed by a raucous Salsa/Timba ”Miami vs. New York" Dance Party between the amazing Miami-based Timba and Salsa trombone player and singer, Br@ily, whose unique electrifying performances show off his non-stop energy and virtuosity and with New York-based vocalist Jose “Pepito” Gomez and his band, hailed by the New York Times as “another order of performer."
Keeping the party going all night, DJs Snowhite and Duni will spin in the Fillmore lobby between performance sets. Born in Cuba, DJ Duni is Miami-based and has been promoting Cuban Music for the last 10 years as partial owner of timbastars.com, a website dedicated to promoting timba throughout the world. Born in Cuba and raised in Queens, DJ Snowhite is one of Miami’s leading and most innovative soundscape designers and turntable curators.

Carlos Averhoff Jr
Tenor saxophonist, Carlos Averhoff, Jr. is a recognized Jazz and Latin-Jazz performer, bandleader, composer, arranger, and educator. His inner fire, strength, and relentless energy, combined with an unbreakable discipline and self-awareness, have forged his sound and compositions. His original writings bring together rich harmonics and rhythmic fusions of elements from his native Cuba and the contemporary modern styles of Jazz and Funk. Averhoff, Jr is on a constant quest for revolutionary patterns to color his compositions, achieving at the same time a complex, yet fresh and delectable sound. Born in Havana, Cuba, Averhoff, Jr. began his classical musical studies at the age of 10 at the Manuel Saumell Music Conservatory, following on the footsteps of his father Carlos Averhoff, also a renowned musician and educator, and ex-member of Irakere. His international exposure began early in his career, when at the age of 18; he was selected with a group of students for a Canadian tour. That experienced marked the beginning of a lifelong commitment to the Tenor Saxophone within the style of Jazz and Latin Jazz. He is currently in residence at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he is the recipient of the North American Scholarship and the Charlie Parker Scholarship Award, one of the most important awards at the college. He is currently launching the IRESI music project while working on his 1st solo album which features original compositions that draw and fuse musical elements from Straight-Jazz, Funk, and Cuban traditional rhythms like Danzon, Son, Bolero, Cuban Timba, and Afro-Cuban rhythmic patterns. Artist Website: www.myspace.com/averhoffjr

Br@ily
Born in Santa Clara, Cuba in 1976, singer, composer, arranger and multi instrumentalist Br@ily Ramos began his musical education at the age of 11 at the Arts Vocational School. After completing four years at the National School for the Arts (Music University of Cuba) as a trombone major, he went on to attend the ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte - Universidad de Musica de Ciudad Habana), widely considered Cuba’s best music school. During his third year of study, he was invited to tour with Manolín "El Médico de la Salsa," at the time one of the most popular bands in Cuba. In 1998, after 2 years of performing with Manolin, Br@ily decided to make Miami his new home. Together with his multi-talented brother, Bayron Ramos, Br@ily has become the 'corista' and trombonist of choice for recordings, live shows and special television & film performances in the area -most notably with Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Albita, Eddie Santiago, Tito Nieves, Ismael Miranda, Huey Dunbar, Carlos Manuel, Alejandro Sanz, Gloria Estefan, La India, Lucrecia and Frankie Negrón. Br@ily is also a founding member of the Miami super-group Cuban Timba All-Stars. Well known today as star trombonists, the Ramos brothers have proven they are well-rounded musical powerhouses -singing, composing, recording and playing multiple instruments on their debut release Disco Duro. Artist Website: www.braily.com


José “Pepito” Gómez
Since his May 2008 arrival from Cuba, José "Pepito" Gómez has taken the U.S. by storm. Currently living in New York City, he has become “la voz” (the voice) of Cuban music. For 15 years he has been astonishing worldwide audiences, fellow musicians, and the press, with his strong, beautiful tenor voice, with a timbre rarely found in popular vocal music. Ben Ratliff of the The NY Times exclaims: “Mr. Gómez…is another order of performer. For about five minutes he improvised in his thundering, needling high voice, finally settling on a narrow pitch area, starting every torrent with “Oye!,” making the band members look at one another in astonishment and play harder… Pepito Gómez’s vocal tone is a beneficent alarm, a positive shout.” Gómez currently tours with a powerhouse ensemble of 10 stellar musicians giving tremendous shows in New York, Miami, and the San Francisco Bay Area, the success of which has led to an upcoming European tour. Artist Website: www.josepepitogomez.com


DJ Snowhite
Born in Cuba and raised in Queens, DJ Snowhite is one of Miami’s leading and most innovative soundscape designers and turntable curators. Considered one of the most versatile DJ’s in South Florida, DJ Snowhite boasts a musical format that consists of Neo Soul, Conscious Hip Hop, Old School R & B, Trip Hop, Drum n Bass, Latin, Rock and World Beat blending different types of music together creating smooth transitions and mixes that keep the energy fresh and alive! Her chosen name reflecting her vice-free lifestyle, DJ Snowhite has firmly implanted herself, her music and her tireless work ethic on the South Florida music scene since 1993, sowing the region with her own innovative mixes and dedication and support of artists driven music having created her own wildly successful open mic nights (Faatland) and produced 8 of her own CDs as well as a collection of children’s music CDs inspired by her five and a half year old son. Artist website: http://www.myspace.com/ladyandthetracks


DJ Duni
Duniel Deya was born in Havana, Cuba and moved to Miami in 1995. At only 14, he founded Timba.com, the world's best known web database for Cuban music, which includes concert reviews, Duniel’s blog “En Frecuencia”, photos and interviews. Through the website, Duniel has worked with Issac Delgado and his band, Bamboleo, Giraldo Piloto, Gardi, El Clan, El Pikete, N’Taya, Haila, Tiempo Libre, Elain, Manolin, Pachito Alonso, Pupy, Calixto Oviedo, Alain Daniel, Danny Lozada, Angel Bonne, Carlos Manuel, members of Los Van Van and many others. At 16, he started his career as a local DJ, playing events and private parties. An award winning Salsa dancer and instructor, in 2005 he teamed up with Cristian Muñoz to create a unique online Cuban Music show and website, salsa2salsa.com. As the host of the show, he introduced the internet and viewers to the latest in Cuban music. At the end of 2008 he founded the Cuban music website www.timbastars.com with DJ Melao, which gets over 10,000 visitors per week.
Artist website: http://www.djduni.com/


FUNDarte y Miami Light Project se complacen en presentar el Tercer Festival Anual Global Cuba Fest, que se llevará a cabo el 7 de noviembre de 2009 en el teatro Fillmore Jackie Gleason de Miami Beach, como parte de las actividades del evento Sleepless Night.
El Tercer Festival Anual Global Cuba Fest será un gran espectáculo gratuito que durante seis horas permitirá disfrutar de la mejor música cubana con Carlos Averhoff Jr. junto al Quinteto IRESI, así como Br@ily y José "Pepito" Gómez. La noche ofrece una muestra de ritmos cubanos desde los ya consagrados a los más contemporáneos. Estos tres extraordinarios grupos musicales mezclan diversos ritmos y géneros del mundo para traernos un nuevo y fresco sonido global enraizado en la isla. Para abrir este festival viene desde Boston el reconocido saxofonista de jazz Carlos Averhoff Jr. junto al quinteto IRESI, seguido por una fiesta bailable de Salsa/Timba “Miami vs. New York" entre el trombonista y cantante de Miami Br@ily y el vocalista José "Pepito" Gómez, y su banda que vienen desde New York.
Por otra parte, coexistiendo con los espectáculos del escenario, en el vestíbulo del Fillmore estarán los DJ Snowhite y DJ Duni que mantendrán la fiesta en esta noche sin pausa.

Carlos Averhoff Jr.
Saxo tenor, Carlos Averhoff, Jr. es un reconocido intérprete de Jazz y Latin Jazz, director de orquesta, compositor, arreglista y educador. Sus composiciones son ricas armonías que fusionan los elementos rítmicos de su Cuba natal con los estilos más contemporáneos del jazz y el funk. Nacido en La Habana, Cuba, Averhoff, Jr., comenzó sus estudios de música clásica a los 10 años de edad en el Conservatorio de Música Manuel Saumel, siguiendo los pasos de su padre Carlos Averhoff, también un reconocido músico y educador, y ex-miembro de Irakere . Su exposición internacional comenzó a principios de su carrera, cuando a la edad de 18 años, fue seleccionado junto a un grupo de estudiantes para participar en una gira a Canadá. Actualmente es residente en el Berklee College of Music en Boston, MA, donde disfruta la beca North American Scholarship and the Charlie Parker Scholarship Award uno de los premios más importantes de la universidad. En la actualidad se concentra en el lanzamiento del proyecto musical IRESI mientras trabajaba en su primer álbum en solitario que cuenta con composiciones originales que fusionan elementos musicales del Straight-jazz, funk con ritmos tradicionales cubanos como el danzón, el son, el bolero, la timba cubana y patrones rítmicos afrocubanos.
Website del Artista: www.myspace.com/averhoffjr

Br@ily
Este cantante, compositor, arreglista y multi instrumentista nace en Santa Clara, Cuba en 1976. Comenzó sus estudios musicales a la edad de 11 años en la Escuela Vocacional de Artes. Después de completar cuatro años en la Escuela Nacional de Artes como trombón principal, ingresa al Instituto Superior de Arte para continuar sus estudios. Durante el tercer año de estudio en esta institución, considerada la mejor escuela de música de Cuba, fue invitado a una gira con Manolín "El Médico de la Salsa", una de las bandas más populares de Cuba en aquel momento. En 1998, después de 2 años de desempeño con Manolín, Br@ily decide hacer de Miami su nuevo hogar. Junto con su talentoso hermano, Bayron Ramos, Br@ily se ha convertido en el corista y trombonista de elección para las grabaciones, shows en vivo y actuaciones especiales de televisión y de cine en el área, especialmente con Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Albita, Eddie Santiago, Tito Nieves, Ismael Miranda, Huey Dunbar, Carlos Manuel, Alejandro Sanz, Gloria Estefan, La India, Lucrecia y Frankie Negrón. Br@ily es también un miembro fundador de la agrupación Miami Timba All-Stars. Bien conocidos hoy como trombonistas estrellas, los hermanos Ramos han demostrado que son potencias musicales de canto, composición, grabación y ejecución de múltiples instrumentos. En su álbum debut Disco Duro así lo confirman.
Website del Artista: www.braily.com

José “Pepito” Gómez
Desde su llegada a Estados Unidos procedente de Cuba en mayo de 2008 de Cuba, José "Pepito" Gómez ha tenido una labor incesante y prolífica como músico. Actualmente vive en Nueva York, donde se ha convertido en la voz de la música cubana. Por más de quince año ha conquistado al público, a músicos y a la prensa por todo el mundo con su hermosa y fuerte voz de tenor poseedora de un timbre que pocas veces se encuentra en la música vocal popular. Ben Ratliff de The New York Times, exclama: “Sr. Gómez... es otro tipo de artista “. Gómez actualmente gira con un potente conjunto de 10 músicos estelares por Nueva York, Miami y la Bahía de San Francisco a la vez que se prepara para su próxima gira a Europa.
Web del Artista: www.josepepitogomez.com


DJ Snowhite
Nace en Cuba y crece en Queens. Se ha convertido en uno de los diseñadores de paisajes sonoros más importantes e innovadores de Miami y uno de los pocos que aún conserva la mesa giratoria (turntable). En su versátil formato musical se nutre de Neo Soul, Hip Hop, Old School R & B, Trip Hop, Drum n Bass, Latin, Rock y World Beat. Con esta mezcla de diferentes tipos de música crea transiciones suaves que mantienen una energía fresca y viva. Su nombre refleja un estilo de vida sin vicio, DJ Snowhite ha desarrollado una incansable labor en la escena musical del sur de Florida desde 1993. Ha producido ocho de sus discos, así como una colección de de música infantil inspirada en su hijo de cinco años y medio.
Website del Artista: http://www.myspace.com/ladyandthetracks


DJ Duni
Duniel Deya nace en La Habana, Cuba y se muda a Miami en 1995. Con sólo 14 años, funda Timba.com, una de las bases de datos web más conocida en el mundo de la música cubana, que incluye reseñas de conciertos, fotos y entrevistas. A través de la página web, Duniel ha trabajado con Isaac Delgado, Bamboleo, Giraldo Piloto, Gardi, El Clan, El Pikete, N'Taya, Haila, Tiempo Libre, Elain, Manolín, Pachito Alonso, Pupy, Calixto Oviedo, Alain Daniel , Danny Lozada, Angel Bonne, Carlos Manuel, miembros de Los Van Van y muchos otros. A los 16, comienza su carrera como DJ local, actuando en eventos y fiestas privadas. Este premiado bailarín de salsa e instructor se asocia en el 2005 con Cristian Muñoz para crear el primer show en línea de la música cubana “salsa2salsa.com”. Como anfitrión del show tuvo la posibilidad de brindar a los televidentes lo último de la música cubana. A finales del 2008 funda junto al DJ Melao la página web de música cubana www.timbastars.com que recibe más de 10,000 visitas semanalmente.
Website del Artista: http://www.djduni.com/