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Alain Pérez sets out to overcome Miami

The multi-faceted Cuban musician Alain Pérez, based on the island, will probably be one in all the protagonists of the fourth edition of the Global Cuba Fest, which is able to happen on March 6 within the U.S. city of Miami.

The event, organized by FUNDarte and Miami Light Project, will happen on the North Beach Bandshell stage (Miami Beach), where other vital Cuban musicians will perform, resembling trombonist Julio Montalvo and drummer Dafnis Prieto, instrumentalists of great caliber on the jazz circuit.

Alain Pérez’s concert with Montalvo, which was to shut the festival last 12 months, was canceled resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and is now announced as one in all the primary attractions in 2021 of an event that annually brings together the avant-garde of the island’s musical creation and other artistic manifestations, in addition to other major musicians on the earth.

The new edition of the Global Cuba Fest “takes on a symbolic and hopeful aspect, because the concert by Alain Pérez and Julio Montalvo, scheduled to shut the festival in March 2020, now returns after 12 months of waiting to please an audience desperate to delight again with direct live music,” Ever Chávez, executive director of FUNDarte, told the Spanish EFE news agency.

“The conception of the show has modified, but it surely is a dream come true,” commented, for his part, Tony Martínez, marketing director of the entity organizing the festival.

Alain Pérez is an all-terrain musician with an ideal ability to unfold and interpret various genres and rhythms resembling jazz, flamenco and Cuban popular music. His versatility has led him to work with music icons resembling the Spanish Paco de Lucía and the Cuban Celia Cruz, and with transcendental groups on the island resembling Irakere or Los Van Van. With several albums to his credit, he currently conducts his own orchestra, with a really particular stamp within the Cuban music scene.

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Meanwhile, Dafnis Prieto is one in all the Cuban jazz players who has had a high-profile profession in the US for several years. His 2018 album Back to the Sunset won a Grammy Award for best Latin jazz album and achieved wide recognition amongst specialized critics. The drummer, who will perform in Miami together with his band, Dafnis Prieto Sextet, has maintained a detailed relationship together with his colleagues on the island and has performed on the Havana Jazz Festivals.

For his side, Julio Montalvo is taken into account some of the relevant Cuban trombonists and has been widely identified for his fusions between jazz and the African heritage of the music of his country. With a piece situated within the parameters of Latin jazz, he has recorded, amongst others, the album Madre Tierra, nominated for the 2010 Cubadisco awards for Best Jazz Album. On the Global Cuba Fest, he’ll perform together with his group The Cuban Collective.

FUNDarte was created with the aim of organizing live shows and music, theater, dance, cinema and visual arts shows, which promote the cultural diversity of Florida, Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain. As well as, amongst its primary purposes is to advertise the skills of essentially the most alternative scenes on the continent and little-known artists amongst the varied public in Miami.

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