Live Wire Music Series Presents Latin Grammy Winner Alex Cuba at The Octave Theatre on Mar. 29, 2014

Alex CubaLive Wire Music Series Kingston is wrapping up this year’s season with a concert at The Octave Theatre on Saturday, March 29 featuring the spectacular Cuban-Canadian guitarist and singer Alex Cuba and his new band. Alex sings in both Spanish and English and has won two Juno Awards for World Music Album of the Year in 2006 for Humo De Tabaco, and in 2008 for his second album, Agua Del Pozo. In 2010 he won the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist. On his newest album Ruido En El Sistema he continues his exploration of rock, soul, pop and Latin funk, and solidifies his stature as one of North America’s most critically acclaimed musicians.

Alex’s first stage appearance on national TV was age of four, playing claves in a group directed by his father. Alex went on to study guitar, tres, percussion and bass. He was born in Artemisa, Cuba (1 hour west of Havana) and now lives in Smithers, B.C. (14 hours north of Vancouver). Musically, he lives everywhere in between. His trademark sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and rock chords subtly subvert commonly held notions of what Cuban music is. With his vintage Gibson electric guitar and forgoing conventional stereotypes that typify much of the Latin music landscape, Alex is defining his own “Latin Soul” genre and crafting brilliant songs that cut through linguistic and cultural barriers.

 

Live Wire Music Series presents
Alec Cuba  www.alexcuba.com
Saturday, March 29, 2014  7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., Kingston

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door (if available) on sale now at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452), Tara Foods and online at www.livewiremusicseries.ca

Press for Alex Cuba

“HE’S LIKE MARVIN GAYE, SINGING SOUL TO A NEW GENERATION…” –  Boston Globe

“BEST PERFORMANCE: ALEX CUBA.” – National Post

“STAYING TRUE TO HIS SPANISH-LANGUAGE FOLK-FUNK-ROCK HYBRID HAS PAID OFF.” – Billboard

“ROARING WITH ROCK GUITAR LICKS, UNDERPINNED BY A LACY AND OBLIQUE BUT STEELY CUBAN RHYTHMIC STRUCTURE, ALEX CUBA’S MUSIC SUPPLIED PROVERBIAL TROPICAL HEAT IN THRILLINGLY UNEXPECTED WAYS.” – Miami Herald

“…A HIGH-QUALITY ALBUM—SHINY, SMART, AND AS SHARP AS CUBA’S RAZORED SIDEBURNS.” – Georgia Straight

“WICKED GUITAR, UNDENIABLY SOULFUL VOCALS. HIS PACKAGE IS SIMPLICITY, AND HE WEARS IT WELL” – popmatters.com 

“…LIKE GETTING A COAT OF SUNSHINE APPLIED TO YOUR EARDRUMS…” – Halifax Chronicle Herald

Multiple Grammy Award-Winning Producer Javier Limón Collaborates with Canadian Singer Amanda Martinez

For Immediate Release
November 8, 2012 

Multiple Grammy Award-Winning Producer Javier Limón Collaborates with Canadian Singer Amanda Martinez

The Royal Conservatory is proud to announce an exciting addition to the December 1 concert by Canadian-Latin singer-songwriter Amanda Martinez: Martinez will collaborate with multiple Grammy Award-winning Spanish producer Javier Limón on her concert, which will mark Limón’s Canadian debut, as well as on her next album, scheduled for release in spring 2013.

“It is a dream come true to be working with Javier. I have a lot of admiration for his work,” says Martinez.

Producer, musician, and composer, the young Javier Limón is a seven-time Latin Grammy Award winner, Artistic Director of Berklee College of Music’s Mediterranean Music Institute in Valencia, and 2012 artist-in-residence at Berklee in Boston. He graduated from the Madrid Royal Conservatory, where he studied piano and guitar. He is an active composer and producer who began composing for flamenco artists but has since expanded his reach to Latin jazz musicians and Cuban artists. Recording from Bogota to Paris and New York to Palestine, Limón incorporates a decidedly international vibe in his take on the traditions of Flamenco. His many composition and production credits include major albums by renowned artists such as Paco de Lucía, Bebo Valdes, Diego El Cigala, Enrique Morente, Wynton Marsalis, Anoushka Shankar, Yasmin Levy, and the acclaimed Spanish singer Buika (who will be performing in Koerner Hall on January 25).

Canadian-Mexican singer Amanda Martinez’s music converges at the intersection of vibrant Afro-Cuban beats, sensual flamenco rhythms, and colourful Mexican folk music. Following performances at the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Pan American Festival in Mexico and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in her mother’s homeland of South Africa, as well as the Montreal Jazz Festival and New York’s iconic Blue Note club, Martinez is steadily garnering international acclaim. Her albums Amor and Sola have garnered numerous accolades including rising to No. 1 on the iTunes World Music charts. She captured the Emerging Artist Award from FACTOR in 2012 and was featured on Putumayo’s album Bossa Nova Around the World, and was also featured on Juno Award-winning guitarist Jesse Cook’s album Frontiers and invited to tour as his special guest from New York City to Dubai.

Amanda Martinez with special guest Javier Limón is supported by World MasterCard®, CBC, and NOW.

Amanda Martinez is pleased to support the life-saving work of www.soschildrensvillages.ca with abandoned and orphaned children around the world.

Amanda Martinez with special guest Javier Limón

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 8pm in Koerner Hall

Tickets start at $30 and include GST and service charges
Tickets are available online at rcmusic.ca, by calling 416.408.0208, or in person at the Weston Family Box Office

The concert takes place at The Royal Conservatory
TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Media Contact:
Barbora Kršek, Concert Publicity Manager and Publications Editor; 416.408.2824 ext.265; barbora.krsek@rcmusic.ca

Amanda Martinez on Facebook
Amanda Martinez on Twitter
Amanda Martinez on YouTube