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Latin/Afro-Cuban-Jazz

Roberto "Robertico" Julio Carcassés Colón is a Cuban jazz pianist and film composer. The leader of the Interactivo group is currently one of Cuba's most prominent musicians and arrangers.

Anyone who appreciates and loves the lively, grooving and virtuoso Afro-Cuban interpretation of jazz should not miss this unique concert!

Carcassés is the son of Afrojazz pioneer Bobby Carcassés. He played the piano from an early age and studied percussion at the Escuela Nacional de Arte until 1991, taking piano lessons as a basis for understanding composition. From 1992 to 1995, he toured Latin America and Europe as a pianist with Santiago Feliú. In 1994, he performed for the first time at the Havana Jazz Plaza Festival, which was founded by his father. Between 1998 and 1999, he toured the United States with the Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble Columna B, with whom he recorded the album Twisted Noon. He then returned to Cuba, where he produced several albums with "El Indio" and saxophonists César López and Alfred Thompson.

In 2001, Carcassés brought together talents from different styles such as Telmary Díaz, Francis del Río, Yusa and William Vivanco and played with them in his group Interactivo, with whom he later toured successfully. The band's first album, Goza Pepillo, won the award for best album at the 2006 Cubadisco Awards. He performed with the band at several international festivals and played frenetically acclaimed gigs. He has also worked with musicians such as Chucho Valdés, Changuito, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Carcassés has also written film music, for example for the feature film Violetas (México), as well as songs for the films Cuarteto de La Habana (Spain) and New Rose Hotel (USA). Carcassés caused an international sensation when he sang a line critical of the government at a televised Interactivos live concert, which was promptly met with a comprehensive and indefinite performance ban by the cultural authorities, but which was revoked after just five days following national and international protests by artists, whether pro- or anti-government.

Aus a guest we have Regis Molina. Regis is a musician and composer from Havana, Cuba, currently living in Berlin. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays alto and baritone saxophone, flute, clarinet and Afro-Cuban percussion. Molina's passion and dedication to music has earned him several awards, such as the 2007 Latin Grammy, and has had him perform worldwide with renowned musicians and bands such as Till Brönner, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Jeff "Tain" Watts.

The Colombian bassist Checho Gomez is an integral part of the Latin and jazz scene in Berlin. He is known, for example, as a musician of the Cuban Hartbeat Orchestra and the band Conexion with Mayelis Guyat. He has also played acclaimed gigs with the award-winning Balkan Spirit Ensemble.

Javier Reyes has enriched the Berlin jazz scene for many years with the irresistible grooves of his native Colombia and, as a drummer, exemplifies the fascinating combination of Caribbean rhythms with the creative jazz spirit. He has played with Samuel Torres, Peter Weniger, David Gilmore, Marcus Belgrave, Kelvin Sholar, Marie Séférian, among others.

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