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Jorge Luis Pacheco and Carlos Averhoff Jr.

FUNDarte and Miami Light Project present 15th edition of Global Cuba Fest, featuring Alfredo Rodríguez with Special Guest Artists in Concert, on March 5th at 8:00 p.m. at North Beach Bandshell, and a double-bill concert featuring Jorge Luis Pacheco and Carlos Averhoff Jr. with Special Guest Artists on March 12th at 8:00 p.m. at Miami Dade County Auditorium.


MARCH 12 – Closing Night at Miami Dade County Auditorium


The Closing Night of the XV edition of the Global Cuba Fest closes with a double bill concert featuring the fierce virtuosity and creativity of Jorge Luis Pacheco with special guest star Daymé Arocena, accompanied by Ramses Rodríguez (Drums), Yorgis Goiricelaya (Bass), and Otto Santana (Percussion); and Carlos Averhoff Jr. with Latin jazz legends Harold López-Nussa, Brian Lynch, Nestor Torres, Maggie Marquez and Ahmed Barroso premiering the new album “Together” on Saturday, March 12 at 8:00 p.m. at Miami Dade County Auditorium (2901 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33135).

Jorge Luis Pachecois a virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger, percussionist and singer. He won the Audience Award and the Jury Award at the Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition, Switzerland in July 2014. In 2017 Pacheco also won the best solo and performance award in the jazz contest “Made in New York” in New York City. Monty Alexander exclaims he “defies genre.”

Carlos Averhoff Jr is a Latin Grammy nominated Cuban tenor saxophonist, contemporary Afro-Cuban Jazz composer and educator. All About Jazz names Carlos “a dynamic fresh new voice on the saxophone” and Latin Jazz Network portrays his playing as “quite extraordinarily expressive and beautiful,” further adding, “Carlos Averhoff Jr is a musician who is renowned as a virtuoso soloist.”


Every year, FUNDarte and Miami Light Project, team up to present Global Cuba Fest, a celebration of the culture and rhythms of Cuba, with concerts by an exciting array of artists from Cuba and the Cuban Diaspora. Visiting artists are subject to change due to unanticipated travel restrictions related to COVID-19 pandemic.



What: Jorge Luis Pacheco and Carlos Averhoff Jr. with special guest artists in concert!

When: Saturday, March 12 at 8:00 p.m.

Where: Miami Dade County Auditorium (2901 W Flagler St., Miami, FL 33135)

Tickets: Ticketmaster; 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.

Cost: $40

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PLEASE NOTE: Before attending, please review our updated Health & Safety Measures for indoor performances at Miami-Dade County Auditorium.


About the Artists


Jorge Luis Pacheco. Hailing from Havana, Cuba, Jorge Luis Pacheco is one of the leading pianists and musicians of the new generation of jazz in Cuba. Winner of  the Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition  in Switzerland , Pacheco is a fiery young pianist with “flying hands.” He has performed all over the world including prominent jazz clubs such as Dizzy’s Jazz at Lincoln Center(New York), theaters, and festivals such as the Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York, or The Piano Night in the House of Blues at the New Orleans Jazz Fest as well as the Sziget Festival in the City of Budapest, Hungary, or the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel among others.He also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington several times with his quartet and Solo Piano Concert as well as the legendary Apollo Theater in where a lifetime achievement award was presented to Herbie Hancock. He has collaborated with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO, Arturo O’ Farrill, and the Legendary Lenny White as well as with Dave Weckl and Richie Goods in trio format in 2018. Pacheco is a passionate, extravagant, exciting entertainer on stage and constantly captures the audience’s attention with his heartfelt performances and electric energy. Pacheco was the winner of the JoJAzz Award in Havanna and also in 2017 Pacheco won the Best Solo and Performance Award in the  Jazz Competiton “Made in New York” in New York City whit one of his own compositions “Con el Pache me Voy” and some of the most recognized musicians in the world as a jury, it is the case of Randy Brecker, The legend of Lenny White and Mike Stern. Pacheco also has a Master’s Degree in Composition from the Instituto Superior de Arte de La Habana. He is a virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger, percussionist, and singer. Monty Alexander exclaimed that he “defies genre” often playing Cuban jazz, traditional Cuban music, original film scores, and a new  Symphony for Jazz Quartet and Symphony Orquestra that he composed, which is inspired in the music of  South America and Afro Cuban Music where Pacheco showed the audience a range of different sounds that were from the most classic performed by the Symphonic Orchestra to the most contemporary by the Jazz Quartet and where both joined to achieve a balance between both musical worlds. In December 2020 Pacheco recorded a new album titled “The Lockdown Album”, where Pacheco search new ways to expand his horizon as a pianist and as a composer. Since classical music has played an important role throughout his career, he decided to bring both worlds together, integrating to his jazz compositions works from Chopin and Beethoven, navigating between these two worlds he loves and mixing the sounds of traditional and modern jazz with my Cuban roots. More information about this artist at:


Daymé Arocena. Born and raised in Havana, her conservatoire training was combined with an upbringing grounded in Cuba’s own musical foundations. Accepted age 9 into one of the country’s prestigious music schools, she studied a choir directing course rooted in Western classical tradition. Meanwhile, she grew up with the day-to-day schooling in folkloric music that’s common to most Cuban households. At regular, intimate get-togethers, celebrating the island’s Santería religion, dancing and singing are the gatherings’ mainstays – a combination that’s meant she sees its deep-rooted traditions in a wider musical context. Daymé Arocena draws inspiration from the intertwining musical legacies of her native Cuba. A singer, composer and choir director, she’s a bright-shining performer carrying the flame for a new generation of Cuban musicians. Approaching jazz, soul and classical influences with an innate sense of rhythm, she released her second album, Cubafonía, in early 2017. With her home country’s rich musical traditions serving as the album’s springboard, she uses its different musical styles as the basis for each of Cubafonía’s tracks, finding outside influences, from her tours of the world these past two years, to build on them. Emerging from a culture where hybrids and amalgamations are the norm, Daymé embraces that reality. At a time when Cuba’s borders look set to become more open, she is an outward-looking artist finding new musical connections. More importantly, she’s doing it with an understanding of where she comes from. “We don’t have this native culture,” Daymé explains. “We don’t have indigenous people, like Maya or Quechua. They made a country with people from everywhere – that’s what makes Cuban culture so different.” On September 6, 2019, Daymé released Sonocardiogram on Brownswood Recordings to resounding critical applause. Celebrating the rich elements of Afro-Cuban culture and Santería, Sonocardiogram also tells the story of Daymé as a creative spirit. The album is a finely crafted arc exploring her sources of Santería, dedication to legacy of Afro-Cuban musicians, an homage to family, and of course always inspired, sincere, and hopeful. More information about this artist at:


Carlos Averhoff Jr . Born in Havana, Cuba, saxophonist, composer, band leader of two musical projects Iresi & iQba is a recording artist at SunnySide Records Jazz Label and a Grammy Nominee for his collaboration with Buena Vista Social Club Presenta a Omara Portuondo. Following the legacy of his father, Carlos Averhoff Sr., Carlos Averhoff Jr has stablished his name among the new generation of Cuban musicians. All About Jazz names Carlos “a dynamic fresh new voice on the saxophone”. Latin Jazz Network portrays his playing as “quite extraordinarily expressive and beautiful,” further adding, “Carlos Averhoff Jr. is a musician who is renowned as a virtuoso soloist.” The music of Carlos Averhoff Jr. offers a new hybrid sound of modern Cuban Jazz, his compositions and arrangements masterfully painting a landscape of contemporary harmonies and rhythms from his native land, Cuba.
As a band leader and side man, Carlos Averhoff Jr. have performed in recognized stages and Jazz Festivals around the world such as: Carnegie Hall, Paris Philharmonic, Krakow Philharmonic, Monte-Carlo Sporting Club, Berklee Performance Center, Scullers Jazz Club, Blue Note Jazz Club, Angela Peralta Teather, Barcelona Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Irapuato International Jazz Festival among other.
Carlos Averhoff Jr. has collaborated and played alongside very well known artists from the Jazz and Latin Jazz scenario such as: Chucho Valdes & Irakere, Chucho Valdes & La Creacion, drummers Louis Hayes, Jimmy Cobb; Bob Moses, Cuban drummer Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez; pianists Jason Moran; Roberto Fonseca; saxophonists Dave Liebman, Greg Osby; Bill Pierce, Paquito de Rivera and the list goes on. In US, Carlos Averhoff Jr. continued his studies in Jazz Performance at Berklee College Of Music graduated with bachelor degree, Suma Cum Laude and The New England Conservatory, Master Degree graduated with honors. Carlos Averhoff Jr. took instruction from Jazz luminaries Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Ed Tomassi, Frank Tiberi, Greg Osby, Bill Pierce, Terri Lyne Carrington, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, Cecil McBee, Ran Blake, John McNeil and Donny McCaslin. More information about this artist at:


Yorgis Goiricelaya. Grammy Award nominee multiple times since 2007 as a musician, arranger and producer.
He has shared on stage and recorded with international jazz and tropical music artists such as: Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Maraca, Issac Delgado, Oscar D’Leon, Albita and many more. He is one of the most versatile and active musicians in the city of Miami. More information about this artist at:



Founded in 1989, Miami Light Project is a not-for-profit cultural organization which presents live performances by innovative dance, music and theater artists from around the world; supports the development of new work by South Florida-based artists; offers educational programs for students of every age; and cultivates the development of new audiences reflecting the diverse cultural and economic make-up of South Florida. Miami Light Project is a cultural forum to explore some of the issues that define contemporary society. Learn more about Miami Light Project at:

Contact for Miami Light Project: Terrence Brunn | | 407.619.0460


FUNDarte is a multidisciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to producing, presenting, and promoting music, theater, dance, film, and visual arts that speak to Miami’s diverse cultures with an emphasis on Hispanic/Latino arts and culture. FUNDarte particularly works to nurture emerging artists and those with little or no exposure to South Florida audiences; facilitate intercultural and international exchanges; and provide local audiences and artists with educational opportunities that expand their creative, critical, and social perspectives. Visit us at for more information about our exciting and diverse live programming. Contact for FUNDarte: Tony Martinez| | 305.761.6024


The Knight Foundation’s knight Art Challenge 2019 award supports this event.

FUNDarte and Miami Light Project Funders include: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the City of Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners; the National Endowment for the Arts; CreARTE; The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation; Funding Arts Network (FAN); the National Performance Network (NPN); and South Arts, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Rhythm Foundation.


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