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Fiesta de música cubana celebra sus 10

Photo: Carlos Puig
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No hay que viajar a otro país para disfrutar en vivo de la música cubana del momento, la más innovadora, la que le da la vuelta al mundo. Basta con asistir a Global Cuba Fest, aquí mismo, en el sur de la Florida.

Festival anual que presentan las entidades no lucrativas FUNDarte y Miami Light Project, Global Cuba Fest 2017 celebra este año su décimo aniversario con una presentación el sábado 18 de marzo en su casa del Miami-Dade County Auditorium.

La fiesta arranca con el pianista de carrera internacional Ernán López-Nussa, quien asistirá con su esposa, la poeta y novelista Wendy Guerra (invitada como maestra de ceremonias de Global Cuba Fest); le sigue el polifacético músico de Latin jazz fusion Carlos Puig, radicado en Miami; y de España, cierra Picadillo, grupo de jóvenes artistas cubanos y cubanoamericanos que fusionan ritmos alternativos latinos con música tradicional de Cuba y del sur de Estados Unidos.

“Nosotros hace años que estamos haciendo este evento, siendo consistentes un poco en la programación, empezando con un piano, siguiendo con un trovador o una banda, y terminando con algo más movido, y eso más o menos es lo que va a pasar este año”, dice en Miami Ever Chávez, fundador y director ejecutivo de FUNDarte.

Espacio para la literatura

En esta ocasión, destaca Chávez, y por primera vez, el escenario le da la bienvenida a la literatura también.“Decidimos incluir un poco la literatura, pero no sabemos qué va a pasar”, dice Chávez riendo al referirse a la labor de la escritora Guerra como animadora del evento. “No me gusta decirle a los artistas ‘mira, hace falta hacer esto o esto, pero usa tu tiempo como MC para insertar tu arte’ ”.

Guerra lanzó su más reciente novela, Domingo de Revolución (Anagrama), el año pasado. Ella conoce a Chávez desde la juventud de los dos en el ámbito teatral de Cuba,y se refiere a su amigo con gran admiración y cariño cuando lo llama “encantador de serpientes. Él lograba en Cuba lo que nadie en el mundo del teatro”.

Chávez ya había invitado anteriormente a Guerra a participar en Global Cuba Fest, pero las fechas del evento siempre coincidían con alguna presentación de libro de la escritora en festivales de literatura. Este año, sin embargo, todo se alineó para que pudieran coincidir.

“Pienso que es importante para los autores salirse del libreto y hacer lo que a uno le da la gana en la vida”, comparte Guerra desde La Habana. “Este es el momento de soltarme la peluca y presentar a Ernán, a Picadillo, y por supuesto, a este trompetista maravilloso, Puig, que es el secreto mejor guardado de Miami. Ya verán”.

Priman las raíces

“Ever y FUNDarte… tiene un mérito increíble la labor que hacen”, considera Puig en Miami. “Me doy cuenta del valor que esto tiene, y lo agradezco. Uno trata de hacer música para el mundo entero, por supuesto. Pero, al final, uno es de donde es, y pertenece a lo que pertenece. Nosotros nos debemos a nuestra gente, a nuestro acervo cultural y a nuestra tradición”.

Y todos esos elementos estarán presentes en grande en Global Cuba Fest 2017, lo que emociona a Puig, quien ha desarrollado una significativa carrera también como arreglista, compositor, director de orquesta y pianista. Más que llamar su música Latin jazz o cubana, la describe como “una fusión del jazz, del pop, de la música del mundo, los folclores, incluido el nuestro, y el resultado es Latin jazz fusion. Así enmarcaría yo el trabajo”.

Puig, con el Carlos Puig Group (siete músicos en total), adelanta que no sólo presentará nuevas composiciones suyas que espera incluir dentro de un próximo CD, sino que, junto a otro destacado músico cubano, Pavel Urquiza, interpretará el clásico El Manisero. Ha hecho además un arreglo especial del inmortal tema Contigo en la distancia, que interpretará la vocalista Lilian García; y un dueto con el guitarrista Ahmed Barroso.

Aparte de toda esta oferta la noche del sábado 18, la agenda de Global Cuba Fest 2017 incluye otros eventos satélites como el estreno en Estados Unidos de la obra “10 Million”, de Argos Teatro. Presentan la Copperbridge Foundation y FUNDarte el 24 y 25 de marzo a las 8:30 p.m., y el 26 del mes a las 5:00 p.m., en el Miami-Dade County Auditorium.

Cuando era extremadamente difícil desde acá colaborar con talento cubano de la isla, FUNDarte y Miami Light Project creaban la plataforma del Global Cuba Fest para estrechar lazos y disipar tensiones. Todo a través de la música.

“Se convirtió”, dice Chávez, “en un espació único en donde músicos de Cuba y músicos de la diáspora podían estar juntos en un escenario”.

Diez años después, sigue vigente esa misión.

Global Cuba Fest 2017

Qué: Global Cuba Fest 2017

Cuándo: Sábado, 18 de marzo.

Horario: De 8:00 p.m. a 11:30 p.m. (Puertas abren a las 7:00 p.m.)

Dónde: Miami-Dade County Auditorium (2901 W Flagler St., Miami).

Precio: $30, admisión general | $25 estudiantes y personas mayores | $20 para grupos de 10 personas o más (Limitadas).

Boletos: a la venta por Ticketmaster en www.ticketmaster.com; por teléfono (800) 745-3000 y el Miami Dade County Auditorium Box Office, de lunes a viernes de 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Más información: (305) 547-5414 y (786) 348-0789.

 


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Journalist, arts writer, instructor of English and Spanish

A bilingual journalist and writer for over 20 years, Juan Carlos studied Communications at Fordham University in New York. He holds a Master&rsquo..

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