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April 29, 2022
Conjunto Guantanamo Perform and Teach at Tarrytown Arts Camp 2022
Tarrytown, NY – Conjunto Guantanamo have announced their participation in TAC - Sleepy Hollow 2022 where members, Pepito Gomez and Ulises Beato will be holding a three-day workshop (for kids in grades K through 4) on traditional Afro-Cuban music and rhythms and its influence on contemporary popular music. The band will hold a performance for the kids and families following the workshop program.
The workshop will be held July 11, 13, and 15, 2022 with the outdoor concert happening
on July 20 at Barnhart Park in Sleepy Hollow - 6:30 PM
Registration is LIVE for the Tarrytown Arts Camp in Sleepy Hollow
Click this link for registration forms – tarrytownartscamp.com/
“We really enjoy these opportunities to share something this cool and fun with the young kids,” says Beato, who is the director and lead percussionist of CG “You never know who you’ll end up influencing down the line. Some of these kids could be the very future of contemporary music and so it’s fun to sprinkle a little music dust on them.”
The workshop will be for students entering grades K through 4 in the coming school year. Some of the material covered will include an explanation on Clave and how the various rhythms within Cuban music interweave within the Clave’s patterns to form the polyrhythms that make up not only traditional Afro-Cuban music but, much of the pantheon of our contemporary popular music all over the world.
After the three-day workshop, Conjunto Guantanamo will perform a set of their traditional Cuban music for the children and their families. This will include much of the material discussed throughout the workshops and expand to provide an example of some of their traditional repertoire.
Conjunto Guantánamo's soulful sound is layered with authentic Cuban swing and sophisticated influences like "El Barbaro" Benny More, Arsenio Rodriguez, Roberto Faz, and Miguelito Cuní. Playing authentic traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms like Son Montuno, Cha-Cha-Cha, Mambo, and Rumba with contemporary energy, their performances sometimes transition into extended experimental "descargas" -- a type of Afro-Cuban improvisational jam session -- using musical motifs straight from the streets of Havana and Matanzas, combined with the very spirit of New York City. Their recordings, available on Spotify and everywhere, are also lively and robust revivals of the most traditional compositions of the Afro-Cuban songbook.
For more information on Conjunto Guantanamo’s Outreach mission see our Outreach page
Their website can be found at - www.ConjuntoGuantanamo.com
Tarrytown Arts Camp has a 20-year history of high-level arts programming in the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow School district. The program is currently directed by musician, and Managing Director of Folklore Urbano NYC, Anna Povich de Mayor. Thanks to an ongoing relationship with The Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and their generous support for the teaching artist program, her first year as director featured musicians and dancers from all over the world including China, Japan, and Spain, followed by various artists from both North and South America.
This year, much of the camp will continue outside with multi-arts and landscape painting, an indoor theater camp, a clay camp, a middle school music ensemble program, and, a creative writing program in collaboration with the Hudson Valley Writers Center. All this with a focus on traditions from Caribbean cultures including Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Colombia’s Caribbean coast.
For more information see the Tarrytown Arts Camp website at https://tarrytownartscamp.com
Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (917) 655-1927
February 11, 2019
'Conjunto Guantánamo' is in the Running to Become a Nominee in the 17th Annual Independent Music Awards
February 11, 2019 – Homegrown talent Conjunto Guantánamo is among the artists and bands vying for a nomination in The 17th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential platform for established and emerging artists from around the globe, with their latest single, 'Cuchillo para la Piña Cubana.' If nominated the "ambassadors of Cuban folklore" could be among this year’s Winners announced during The IMA ceremony in the summer of 2019 at the Symphony Space Performing Arts Center in New York City.
The prestigious award honors artistry and innovation rather than sales or touring statistics in more than 100 Album, EP, Song, Producer, Video and Design categories. Each year thousands of self-released and indie label submissions from around the globe - in all styles of music - are evaluated by panels of recording and touring artists, programmers and other influencers to determine the Nominees.
Additionally, music fans can register at www.IndependentMusicAwards.com to vote for one Vox Pop [Fan Favorite] Nominee in each Song and Music Video category; and earn points by promoting IMA artists to their social networks. To help Conjunto Guantánamo become a Vox Pop Nominee go to:
Winning projects are selected by judging panels of iconic Artists [which have included Keith Richards, Tom Waits, Aimee Mann, M’shell Ndegeocello, Chris Thiele, Peter Gabriel, Melissa Etheridge, Snoop Dogg, Keith Urban, Buddy Guy, Ozzy Osbourne among many others], Programmers, Talent Buyers and other influencers throughout the Americas, Europe and the Pacific Rim.
Artistry Has Its Awards
Now in its 17th year, The Independent Music Awards is the premier platform for self-released and indie label projects. Winners and Nominees are promoted to millions of music consumers and industry insiders via ongoing promotion, performance and distribution opportunities. And celebrated during The IMA ceremony and Independent Music Party industry conference in New York City.
Past Winners and Nominees include: Amy Lee, Pokey LaFarge, Macy Gray, J.D. McPherson, Killer Mike, Flying Lotus, Air Traffic Controller, Girl In A Coma, Fiona Joy, Masta Ace, John McEuen, Jackson Browne, And You Shall Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Team Me, among many others.
Submissions for The 17th annual Independent Music Awards accepted through December 7, 2018. Details and eligibility available at www.IndependentMusicAwards.com
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December 28, 2018
'Mamaita No Quiere' hits the ground running with an explosive energy created by this ensemble that is essentially a six man rhythm machine. The Spanish lyrics spin the narrative of a singer who can’t imagine why ‘Mamaíta’ (Little Mama) won’t dance with him only to have him admit the ground will tremble if she does.
'Conjunto Guantánamo' Announce the Second Single Off Their Forthcoming Album Out February 1st
Upcoming Album ‘Moviendo los Caracoles’ Promises to be an Impressive Collection of Blazing Hot Tracks
'Mamaita No Quiere' (out February 1st/Nganga Records) is the second single off of 'Conjunto Guantánamo’s anticipated new album, 'Moviendo los Caracoles'. This new single, 'Mamaita No Quiere' hits the ground running with an explosive energy created by this ensemble that is essentially a six man rhythm machine. From the first note, the trumpet and percussion beckon itchy feet to the dance floor with an upbeat melody that can lift any spirit. The Spanish lyrics spin the singer's narrative who can’t imagine why "Mamaíta" (Little Mama) won’t dance with him only to have him admit the ground will tremble if she does.
‘New York City's Conjunto Guantánamo… celebrates Cuban folklore as the spirit breathing life into its sound.’
– The Lowell Sun
'Conjunto Guantánamo' now has several popular releases under their belt. Their previous single, 'Cuchillo para la Piña Cubana', put out late last year, was a hit and this new track proves they don’t disappoint. Lead singer Pepito Gomez’ exquisite voice and flamenco-style guitar playing truely compliment Ittetsu Nasuda’s Lilí Martinez-inspired piano rhythms. This track has a festive and contemporary feel while staying true to the genre's nearly century-old style.
Led by its founder, Cuban percussionist Ulises Beato, the sextet features some of the finest players in traditional Afro-Cuban music today. The song was arranged by bassist Carlos Mena whose pounding syncopated bass lines provide a brazen back line to the the lively polyrhythms of Mauricio Herrera’s bongo, and Ulises’ conga drums.
The band has recently enjoyed the support of the Louis Armstrong House Museum and was recently ranked No.6 in ReverbNation’s Latin Music category. They’ve also been featured in the U.S. on WPKN, WFMU, and WVST; and Celtica Radio in the U.K.
This second single from their upcoming album gives fans yet another teaser before the April 2019 full album release. Co-produced by Ulises Beato and Pepito Gomez, 'Moviendo Los Caracoles' is a collection of some of the most beautiful and infectious Cuban songs ever written, masterfully refreshed in Carlos Mena's contemporary arrangements at Brooklyn’s Nganga Records by Conjunto Guantánamo. The album will feature 10 addicting new tracks and never a dull moment. Look for 'Moviendo Los Caracoles' wherever you get your music starting April 12th, 2019.
November 11, 2018
'Conjunto Guantánamo, One of Today’s Most Authentic Traditional Afro-Cuban Ensembles, Drops their Latest Single Out Now'
Upcoming Album 'Moviendo los Caracoles' Promises to be an Impressive Collection of Blazing Hot Tracks
‘Cuchillo para la Piña Cubana’ (out now) is the first single from the highly anticipated new album ‘Moviendo los Caracoles’ (coming April 12/Nganga Records) by Conjunto Guantánamo. From its first bars, 'Cuchillo para la Piña Cubana' draws the listener in with one new fresh rhythmic passage after another, before exploding into a full-on, high-energy Cuban dance number with all the strength and driving beat of a steady locomotive.
The band, once again, flexes its musical muscles establishing it as a true tour de force in traditional Afro-Cuban music and one of the most promising Afro-Cuban son ensembles of its generation. Conjunto Guantanamo are truly the ambassadors of Cuban folklore.
Led by its founder, Cuban percussionist Ulises Beato, the sextet features some of the finest players in traditional Afro-Cuban music today. Pepito Gomez’s lead vocals combined with the lush harmonies of the backup vocals and Itettsu Nasuda’s piano and Hammond style organ solo give this track a festive and contemporary feel, while staying true to the genre's nearly century-old style. The song was arranged by bassist Carlos Mena, whose pounding syncopated bass provides brazen backing to the the lively polyrhythms of Mauricio Herrera’s bongo and Ulises’ conga drums.
The band have recently enjoyed the support of the Louis Armstrong House Museum and was recently ranked Number 6 on ReverbNation’s Latin Music category. They’ve also been featured on WPKN, WFMU and WVST in the U.S and Celtica Radio in the U.K.
This lead single from their upcoming album gives fans a teaser until the release of the full album in April 2019. Co-produced by Ulises Beato and Pepito Gomez, Moviendo los Caracoles is a collection of some of the most beautiful and infectious Cuban songs ever written, masterfully refreshed in contemporary arrangements at Brooklyn’s Nganga Records by Conjunto Guantánamo. The album will feature 10 infectious new tracks and never a dull moment. Look for ‘Moviendo los Caracoles’ wherever you get your music starting April 12, 2019.
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