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Adonis Puentes opens up the marvelous world of Cuban music to his audiences the second they hear his rich voice. When the other players kick in with their tight, multilayered arrangements it becomes clear that Adonis is also a powerful bandleader. Fronting an all-Cuban acoustic orchestra, Adonis' vocals are surrounded by guitar, tres, piano, bass, trumpet and percussion.

Music reflects the present and Adonis Puentes is a Cuban Sonero for our times.

It’s a role he was destined to play. On March 29th, 1974, Adonis was born into an atmosphere charged with Cuban music. His family lived 45 miles southwest of Havana, Cuba in the town of Artemisa. Father, Valentin Puentes taught music and played guitar, and he wasted little time before passing on his gifts to Adonis and his fraternal twin brother, Alexis (aka Alex Cuba). Already at the age of 6, Adonis was playing with a Children’s Guitar Ensemble formed by Valentin. By the time he was 14, he was singing and writing his own music.

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Though his musical talents were undeniable, his ability to shine as a performer emerged later still. At 21, Adonis entered and became one of the finalists of ‘Mi Salsa’, a Salsa/Son singing competition that was broadcast throughout Cuba on television. His performance caught the attention of the nation and his notoriety began to soar.

Three years after an initial tour of Canada with his brother and father in 1995, Adonis came back to start a new life as a proud Cuban-Canadian. Along with his brother Alexis (now an accomplished multi-instrumentalist), The Puentes Brothers would record their first CD called Morumba Cubana. The disc caught the ears of the Canadian music industry that rewarded the brothers in 2001 with a Juno Award nomination (the Canadian Grammy), as well as a West Coast Music Award and a Canadian Independent Music Award.

After such a warm reception in his adopted home, Adonis was ready to take a giant step forward toward the realization of his personal musical vision. In 2005, he released his first solo album called ‘Vida’ or ‘Life’. Containing a diverse and dance-friendly collection of original, contemporary takes on Cuban tradition, radio programmers nationally began spinning their favorites and Vida ended up on many Top 10 charts. The video single for ‘Commerciante’ entered Much More Music’s Top 5. In his West Coast home, Adonis received the Island Music Award for Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Canada’s National broadcasting service, the CBC, recorded Adonis LIVE for a national audience. And, his growing reputation as a gifted singer spread South as well as he continued to tour and perform on radio, television and in concert in the USA.

The work has been done; the skills have been learned and now is the time for Adonis Puentes to add a fresh voice to the list of great Cuban soneros. As if to receive one final, ringing endorsement, Adonis recorded lead vocals with Legendary Percussionist Orestes Vilato whose album ‘It’s About Time’ received a Latin Grammy Nomination in 2009.

Even Juan de Marcos, one of the masterminds behind the Buena Vista Social Club project and leader of the groundbreaking Afro-Cuban Allstars calls Adonis, ‘Verdadero Sonero,’ ‘A True Sonero’. To date, Adonis has shared stages with illustrious Latin music legends like Celia Cruz, Oscar De Leon, Juan De Marcos and The Afro Cuban All Stars, Paquito De Rivera, Eddie Palmieri, Orlando Valle ‘Maraca,’ Cuban Timba All Stars, Giovanni Hidalgo, Pianist Hilario Duran, Jane Bunnett and Pancho Quinto, as well as Jazz greats Hubert Laws, and Kenny Burrell.

Adonis thrives on the growth and acclaim for his original sonero sound. As he puts it, “I feel like a messenger of my roots and tradition, blessed that with me I have taken my music and heritage to many different places in the world; from Cuba, to Canada, USA, Mexico, Europe. My mission is to make you dance and enjoy my melodies and rhythms.” His music bridges generations and cultures with a charisma and delivery that shines brighter than life in intimate or full-blown arrangements, from solo performances with piano or guitar accompaniment to fronting orchestras. Throughout history, these traits have been characteristic to the great soneros and this is the time for Adonis Puentes.

Yoriell Carmona

born in 1982 in Havana, Cuba, is a tres player who now lives in the Canary Islands, Spain. He started studying classical guitar at the early age of 9 at the Cuban National School of Art, also specializing in the tres. During the past 12 years living in Spain he has continued his studies receiving classes from professors Antonio Ventura and Carlos Oramas whom are highly recognized in Cuba.

Yoriell is an experienced and versatile player, who has performed in Cuba, Germany, and Spain, collaborating with such artists as Gema y Pavel, Habana Abierta, and Jose Antonio Ramos. Currently he is working on the production of the second record of Mas Que Son, his first solo record, recording in Havana, Cuba, and touring Internationally with Cuban vocalist Adonis Puentes.

Dayron Ortega

In 1996 Dayron graduated as a guitarist from the National School of Arts in Havana, Cuba. He then began to play professionally accompanying different bands in Cuba and touring internationally visiting Canada, Europe and Latin America. Dayron has been an arranger, instrumentalist and producer of many studio recordings, of which a number have been Cuba Disco nominated and award winning.

Bernardo Bolano Aleman

Bernardo studied and graduated at the Conservatory of Music, Ignacio Pineiro, after which he started working as a percussionist and vocalist with a diverse number groups in Cuba, performing Jazz to popular Cuban music.

Following these experiences he became a part of the important and prestigious, popular Cuban group Conjunto de Roberto Faz, and was a member for 6 years.
In recent years Bernardo has been honored to work with the famous record labels of Cuba including Egrem, Bismusic, and Ojala, and the world renowned Fania All Stars. He has also toured internationally with popular Cuban musical groups.

Carlos Frank Iraola Acosta

Born January 10, 1980 in the province of Cien Fuegos, Cuba, Carlos Frank started to study music in 1989 at the Concervatory Manuel Saumel of Cienfuegos City. In 1994 he was accepted to the National School of Music in Havana, where he concluded his studies in 1998 before moving on to the prestigious Institute of Superior Arts in Havana, graduating in 2003.
Following his studies he began to perform with different groups in Cienfuegos and Havana, including famous Buenavista Social Club Laud player Barbarito Torres y Su Piquete Cubano, travelling and recording Nationally and Internationally visiting Italy, France, Spain, the United States and Brazil to name a few. Carlos Frank has also toured with Aramis Galindo and his orchestra, spending time in Peru, and also joining Aramis in the recording studio.

Carlos Frank is also an experienced music professor, specializing in Trumpet, teaching at the Benny More Provincial Music School in Cienfuegos.

Lino Lores Garcia

studied music at the Rafael Cabrera School of Music in Bayamo City, Cuba. Upon finishing his studies he moved to Havana where he started playing professionally with Cachaito (Bass player of Buena Vista Social Club), Ivette Cepeda, Xioma Laugart, Raul Paz, Polito Ibanes, and David Alvares. Lino has toured Internationally participating in many Jazz Festivals, sharing the stage with musicians such as Pat Matheny among others. He has joined many artists in the recording studio, collaborating with Omara Portuondo, Raul Paz, Tony Avila, and Cachaito name a few. Lino is currently in demand as a top bass, guitar and tres player, producer, and arranger.

Alejandro Falcon

is one of the best Cuban pianists and composers of his generation. Born in the province of Matanzas in 1981, he is already a promise of the Cuban music and a great successor to the famous pianists such as Bebo and Chucho Valdes, Emiliano Salvador and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, among other greats. Alejandro studied piano a the National School of Music and continued his studies in composition at the Superior Institute of Art in Havana, Cuba, where he gained a reputation for his solid technical, musical and unique forms.

 

Reviews

"The new work from Adonis Puentes will surprise many. The variety of the songs, excellent and original arrangements, and the superlativce quality of the musicians, produce a record that I consider one of the best I have listened to in some time. I hope 'Sabor A Café' finds the audince it deserves. An excellent album I recommend with all my heart. Congratulations Adonis!"
~ Ruben Blades

"It's a sensuous, [profound recording with dramatic arrangements and a crystal clear studio sound. Adonis Puentes is a great singer and an elegant composer and lyricist grounded and nourished by his Cuban roots and worldy experience. Sabor a Café is a modern, Cuban masterpiece." ~ Joseph Blake

"It is an album you like from the very first listen, but it keeps growing on you. The more you listen to it, the more enjoyable it becomes. It was created with a winning formula: original compositions richly imbued with tradition; superb arrangements with an international flavor; a world class band that delivers with great precision; witty, intelligent lyrics inspired by everyday life and by the greatest power of all; Love." ~ Latin Jazz Network

 

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Tour Schedule


2016

February 12 Sheldon Theatre, Red Wing MN
February 13 Fergus Falls performing Arts Center, Fergus Falls MN
February 18 Fort Lewis College, Durango CO
February 20 Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood CO
September 9-10 Wheatland Folk Festival, Remus MI
September 11 Chicago World Music Festival, Chicago IL
September 16 Landfall Festival, Cedar Rapids IA
September 17 Lotus Festival, Bloomington IN
October 7-9 Richmond VA Folk Festival

2017

Feb 16-17 Door Community Auditorium, Fish Creek WI
November 3 Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree CO
November 4 Barkley Thetre, Fallon NV

2018

January 20 Cal Tech, Pasadena CA

 

 

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