MARQUETTE - Cubanismo, Havana's all-star group of 14 musicians who blend traditional Cuban dance rhythms with the artistry of a world-class jazz orchestra, will perform in Marquette on Friday, April 5. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Kaufman Auditorium.

The band, led by fiery trumpeter and founding member Jesils Alemaiiy, launched the breakthrough of Cuban music into mainstream America with its self-titled 1996 debut. The group quickly established a reputation as one of the tightest and most dynamic of the island's touring ensembles.

Drawing its membership from an extensive pool of talented musicians, Cubanismo marries Latin rhythms to a variety of musical styles, from New Orleans jazz to reggae to rhythm and blues. It successfully blends traditional compositions with new works and fuses sounds from around the globe into a singular, danceable musical form.

The band takes its name from the expression "Cubanismo" which refers something unique to Cuba and not common to the general Spanish culture of Latin America. It is touring the U.S. this spring and summer and appears in Marquette as part of the NMU Performing Arts Series.

Advance tickets are $6 for students, $13 for NMU faculty and staff, and $14 for the general public. They are available at the Superior Dome, University Center Snak Shak and Forest Roberts Theatre. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for an additional $2 each.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director