Thursday, January 29, 2009

Come and rediscover Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays

Come and rediscover Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays

Miami’s Best Arts and Music Festival on the last Friday of every month
Friday, January 30th, 2008. From 6:30 - 11:00 p.m.
On SW 8th Street (Calle Ocho) between 13th and 17th Avenues

Friday Free Fun Fest. You can not miss the next Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays


6:30 p.m. - Free History Walking Tour of Little Havana led by Dr. Paul George. (Meet in front of Tower Theater)

Events at Main Stage (15th Avenue and SW 8th Street)
7:00 - 7:15 p.m. - Fina Escayola Flamenco Academy
7:15 - 8:30 p.m. - Braily Ramos and Olga Lidia Thomas
8:30 - 9:00 p.m. - Belen Jazz Band
9:00 - 10:00 p.m. - Violinist Gerardo Aguillon
10:00 - 11:00 p.m. - Carlos Manuel


Carlos Manuel (10:00 - 11:00 p.m.)
Carlos Manuel was born on February 8th, 1973 in Havana, Cuba. His first stage appearances were with a group called Constellation and her first professional job was as a soloist playing ballads, boleros, operettas and zarzuelas, until the participated in the group Mayohuacan for 17 years. At this stage, Carlos Manuel gained fame with the song Carapacho pa 'la jicotea" and formed a partnership in 1993, which was called "Carlos Manuel and his band Carapacho" precisely because of the success of the song. Later, the band was renamed as Carlos Manuel y su Clan. Only 6 months later, they recorded their first CD entitled "Por la vena del gusto”. In 2000 they recorded their second CD, "Malo Cantidad", then recorded a third one titled “Enamorao” Carlos Manuel has been taking his music to countries like Spain, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, France, Italy, Jamaica and Mexico among others. He also ventured as an actor in the successful te levision “Blue Azul” with a cast of famous Cuban actors. After his arrival in USA Carlos Manuel has participated in important events in Miami, and has been awarded Latin Male Artist of the year in Canada. His most recent CD entitled " Carlos Manuel" includes the single" El amor eres tu" theme of the soap opera “Amor” from Univision.

Gerardo Aguillon (9:00 - 10:00 p.m.)
Aguillon is a distinguish Cuban violinist with a long international artistic career and expertise on several musical genres and styles. He has been a member of prominent and important orchestras in his country, and on his current residence in the USA. He is a member of the “Florida Chamber Orchestra” directed by Marlene Urbay. He was also a member of the “Cha-Cha-Cha All Star” orchestra. Mr. Aguillon has appeared on the most prestigious Concert Halls country land and internationally as well as: “National Auditoruim” and “Bellas Artes” Theater (Mexico, DF), “Sporting Club” (Monaco/MonteCarlos), “Teresa Carreño Thater” (Caracas/Venezuela), “Tchaikovsky Concert Hall” (Moscow/Russia) among many other important venues. He has shared stage performing along with famous musicians such as: Frank Coppola, Michel Legrand, Tony Bennett, Steve Turre, Leo Brouwer, Arturo Sandoval, Sammy Davis Junior, Paquito D’Rivera, Alirio Diaz, Vicente Garrido, Israel Lopez (Cachao), Willie Chirino, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Celia Cruz, among many others. Gerardo Aguillon has produced and directed several recording projects and has recorded two CD’s: “Latin Violin” and his most recent production “Gerardo Aguillon Charanga

Braily (7:15 - 8:30 p.m.)
Born in Santa Clara, Cuba in 1976, singer, composer, arranger and multi instrumentalist Braily Ramos began his musical education at 11 years old at the Arts Vocational School. Majoring on the trombone, after completing four years at the National School for the Arts, he proceeds to a higher level at the ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte. During his third year there he is presented with the opportunity to tour with the most popular band in Cuba at the time Manolín "El Médico de la Salsa", during his two year stint, in 1998 he performs in Miami and decides to make the city his new home. He has recorded, live shows and special tv & film performances in the area -most notably with Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Albita, Eddie Santiago, Tito Nieves, Huey Dunbar, Carlos Manuel, Alejandro Sanz, Gloria Estefan, Frankie Negrón, among others. He is also a founding member of the Cuban Timba All-Stars. Braily also just released a salsa album at its core, 'Disco Duro'.

Olga Lidia(7:15 - 8:30 p.m.)
Born and raised in Miami, Florida in 1983, proud to be a “Cuban” American, she began singing at the age of 11 and has participated in many important events as well as competitions internationally. Olga Lidia is a bilingual singer whom performs all types of music for all occasions. She performed back-up vocals for artists such as Albita, Milly Quesada, Francisco “Pancho” Cespedes, Alexis Valdez, Lucrecia, among others. Currently, Olga Lidia is part of the television Latin show, “Pellízcame Que Estoy Soñando” with host Carlos Otero on Channel 41, America Teve, in addition, as the permanent back-up vocalist for Willy Chirino.


Cremata Fine Art
The gallery presents a solo exhibition by artist Francisco Sanchez titled “Journey of Reverie." Magic coexists with late Roman sculpture, French Baroque landscapes, Caribbean shells, and African motifs. The arresting beauty of this singular universe is remarkably alive in the work of Francisco Sánchez. An artist with an illustrious trajectory in Brazil, Rome, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba, he opened at Cremata Fine Art with an extraordinary new visual language. Francisco Sánchez produced a series of canvases and painted chalkboards of serene and exotic beauty, establishing a dialogue with classical antiquity and how nature and magic erupt into the man-made. The artist is an Honors MFA laureate from Moscow’s famous Surikov Institute after graduating from Havana’s San Alejandro Academy and the Instituto Superior de Arte. Come to the gallery on Viernes Culturales to have a glass of wine, see his latest work and meet the curato r. Exhibition runs through Feb. 9th, 2009. For more information and images regarding this exhibition, please visit our website.

1646 SW 8th Street. Miami, FL 33135. Ph: 305.644.3315
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Free History Tour of Little Havana
A walking tour led by Dr. Paul George.
Meeting point: Tower Theater. 1508 SW 8 Street, Miami, FL 33135. (6:30 p.m.)

Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays, Inc.
742 SW 16th Avenue
Miami, FL 33135
Ph: 305.643.5500
Fax: 786.999.8894
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