During the first two months of 2008, the traveling Spiegel Tent will house Global Cuba Fest on the shores of Miami Beach, every Sunday at 5:00 pm. Six concerts will be held where Cuba’s young musicians mesh the sounds of their roots with influences from other cultures without losing their identity – making innovating inroads in contemporary world music today. Global Cuba Fest runs from January 13 - February 17 at Spiegelworld Collins Park, 21st Street and the Ocean, Miami Beach, FL. Tickets to all shows can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
2008 Global Cuba Fest Featured Performances
Overproof - Latin Jazz
Overproof is a Latin-jazz based power trio who have recently released their debut recording on the Japanese EWE label and Spanish SONIFOLK label, entitled "3 Guys Walk Into A Bar." The band was originally formed as a collective by drummer Robby Ameen, featuring Cuban Octavio Kotan on guitar and Nuyorican Ruben Rodriguez on bass. The band incorporates Latin timba, rock, jazz, and funk elements into one hard-hitting sound that is truly unique in today's ever growing eclectic world of music.
Sunday, January 13 - 5:00 pm
Gema y Pavel - World Cuban Music
In a time when so-called fusion has reached great levels of artistic expression, Gema y Pavel have chiseled their path absorbing the various influences that make them distinctly Cuban—the crystalline simplicity of nueva trova, the sonorous freedom of Jazz and Rock, the seduction of el sÃ“n, and the pulsating rhythms inherited from Africa. Their words unite us in familiar places through humor and drama, reflect on the human condition. Their most recent release, Arte Bembe (El Europeo), encompasses a new poetic approach to creating Cuban music.
Sunday, January 20 - 5:00 pm
Dafnis Prieto Quartet - Latin Jazz
A native of Santa Clara, Cuba, and two time Latin Grammy nominee, Dafnis Prieto studied as a youngster School of Fine Arts and later at the National School of Music in Havana, receiving a thorough classical education and ever broadening knowledge of Afrocuban music, Jazz and world music. Dafnis Prieto has behind him more than ten years of professional work, going back to his first European tours with a succession of talented pianist including Carlos Maza, Ramon Valle and the "Columna B" Group.
Sunday, January 27- 5:00 pm
Artevivo - Simphonic Rock
Formed by Enrique Gonzalez on percussions, Jorge Almarales on the guitar and Manuel Camejo as lead voice, the group plays on the strength of a musical foundation born from their academic beginnings as chamber musicians during the 70's, and their evolution as progressive exponents of symphonic rock and pop.
Sunday, February 3 - 5:00 pm
Tiempo Libre - Timba
Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre is one the hottest young Latin bands today. Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs and dance venues, the Miami-based band has become known for their incendiary, joyful performances of timba—an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of high-voltage Latin jazz and the seductive rhythms of son—and as true modern heirs to the rich tradition of the music of their native Cuba.
Sunday, February 10 - 5:00 pm
Los Herederos - Afrocuban Rumba
Directed by Philbert Armenteros, Los Herederos is a collection of musicians and dancers who represent a colorful musical heritage that fuses Rumba, Guaguanco and Timba. These styles come together in their performance peice Esencia Afro-cubana. Their goal is to show the world the result of the fusion of both African and Cuban cultures through their music. With every performance they seek to promote the essence of their musical culture beyond limits.
Sunday, February 17 - 5:00 pm