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Afro-Cuban Percussion, Dance And Song - Feb 17 To Feb 22, 2003, Tucson, AZ

Omo Ir, live Cuban culture..."La Rumba Cubana", 2/28/03, Portland

Percussion Teaching Tour in The US Including Portland, Oregon Through July, 2003!

Past Tours

Miguel Bernal Nodal 

Miguel Bernal Nodal is the principal percussionist for Conjunto Folklorico Raices Profundas and has been with the group for sixteen years.

Established in 1975 by Juan de Dios Ramos Morejon, raices Profundsas is on of the most hightly acclaimed Yoruban conjuntos in Cuba. Miguel toured with Japan, Mexico, Europe and South America with Raices. Mr. Bernal is one of the most sought after bataleros (player of the bata drums) in Havana. We recognize Miguel not only as a unique talent in the music community, but also as a hightly respected teacher. He has conducted numerous educational workshops in Rumba, Bembe, Guiro, and the cycle of the Congo (Makuta, Palo, Yuka) in the U.S. including universities in Montana, Colorado, Arizona, Nebraska, Oregon and California.

Miguel is in the States until July and is available for other gigs. He can be reached through


Miguel Bernal plays with Bobby Torres Ensemble

From: "Rick Ray -"
Subject: Bobby Torres Ensemble - Update
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 22:03:00 -0700

Dear Friends of Bobby Torres,

As you can see from the list below, the Bobby Torres Ensemble has some huge gigs coming up in the next two months, including a Saturday night berth at the Rose Festival Main Stage. Except where noted, these dates all feature the large ensemble with horns and additional vocalists -- just like on the CD! Speaking of the CD, "It's Heaven I Surmise," it's amazing. Each time I listen I hear more subtle touches that Bobby has created. It's being played quite a bit on KMHD 89.1, Portland jazz station.

You can hear samples of all the tracks online at Miguel plays on many tracks and the CD can be purchased for $16, free shipping. (You can also find a Webspecial: 3 CDs for $36 -- the extras make great gifts!


- Wednesday, April 16, 5:30 PM, Museum After Hours, with vocalists Margaret Linn, Mary Linn, Sean Holmes, Nancy King and Tracey Harris, 1219 SW Park Avenue (North Wing), $4 members; $7 non-members

- Friday, April 18, 7-8:00 PM, Oregon Convention Center's The Big Bash

- Friday, May 2, 8:30 PM, Billy Reeds, 2808 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland

- Saturday, May 3, 4-5:30 PM, Cinco de Mayo, Tom McCall Waterfront Park

- Saturday, May 3, 9:30 PM, Port Halling Brewing Company, 333 N. Main Street, Gresham

- Sunday, May 4, 3-6 PM, Sandoval's Mexican Restaurant, 14775 SW Teal (near Scholl's Ferry), Beaverton, (small ensemble)

- Saturday, May 10th, 4-5:00 PM, 10th Annual Songbird Celebration, World Forestry Center's Plaza & Cheatham Hall, Portland (small ensemble)

- May 24, 25, 26, Noon to 4 PM, each day, Memorial Day Weekend, Sokol Blosser Winery

- Saturday, June 7, 9:00 PM, Portland Rose Festival, Main Stage

- Saturday, June 21, 8:30 PM, Billy Reeds, 2808 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland

- Saturday, July 12, 8:30 PM, Billy Reeds, 2808 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland Enjoy Spring,

Rick Ray



Miguel Bernal


Featuring direct from Cuba:

JUAN DE DIOS, founding director, choreographer and dancer, AND MIGUEL BERNAL, lead percussionist singing and percussion, both from Conjunto Folklorico Raices Profundas.


At the SAS "Casa De Cultura" - 4909 E. 2nd Street, Tucson, AZ – 520-327-3663

All classes from 6:00pm –7:30pm

$20.00 per class

Mon 2/17/03 - Bata

Tue 2/18/03 - Bata

Wed 2/19/03 - Guiro (Shekere Ensemble)

Thur. 2/20/03 - Guiro (Shekere Ensemble)

AFRO-CUBAN SONG CLASSES will follow percussion classes -7:30 pm – 8:30 pm - Mon 2/17/03 and Wed 2/19/03 -

$10.00 per class


Thursday Feb 20 - 9:00am - 11:00am

(Contact Gary Cook – UA School of Music)

Juan de Dios


- SAT. Feb 22 (2 classes) $15.00 per class

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

At UA School of Music, Room 170 (enter from the back of the building at the loading dock. First door on the left.) DO NOT PARK behind the building. Parking is available on the street or in parking lots nearby. Good parking is available at Speedway and Park on the north side of the street.


Contact SAS at 520-327-3663top or email: Also see the website:

Percussion Teaching Tour In The United States
Including Portland, Oregon January Through April, 2003!

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to study with one of the world's leading Afro-Cuban percussionists with experience teaching Americans!

Lessons available through July, 2003. For lesson times and more details call Erick at 503-285-6422

Omo Ir, live Cuban culture..."La Rumba Cubana", 2/28/03

La Caita in Portland, Oregon presents:

February 28, 2003
Omo Ir, live Cuban culture..."La Rumba Cubana"

(La Caita, Portland, OR)- Caita, the downtown Portland Cuban restaurant (SW 6th and Burnside near Chinatown) is proud to announce an intimate evening of Afro-Cuban rumba music and celebration with Omo Ir. The performance will commence at 10 pm on Friday, February 28, at Caita, at 503 W. Burnside. There will be a cover charge of $5 at the door. Please tell your friends to come early as it gets packed!

Omo Ir features rumba musicians from Havana, Cuba, including master percussionist Miguel Angel Bernal Nodal and akpwn vocalist Juan D'Dios Ramos, joined by a 13 member ensemble of percussionists, singers, and dancers from Portland and Seattle. Bernal Nodal and Ramos are the founding members of Raices Profundas, hailed as the best new folkloric group in Havana, Cuba. Juan D’ Dios toured for years internationally as a lead singer in the original Conjunto Foklorico Nacional de Cuba and Miguel Bernal Nodal as lead percussionist.

Rumba is the Cuban music form that draws heavily from African culture and percussion. African religions are widely practiced throughout Cuba, and in the singing and drumming of African religious ritual lay the foundations of Cuban music.

Rumba music is played on wooden boxes and conga drums, accompanied by hand percussion and singers led by the akpwn, or lead singer. Dancers also play an integral part: their movements affect the rhythms of the music, and in turn, these rhythms govern their moves. The word "rumba" is used to describe the music, the dance, and the party where this all takes place. Cuban culture is strongly influenced by African religion from the Orixas, gods and goddesses from the Yoruba people of West Africa. The Yoruba culture's diaspora has strong roots and is a wide tree throughout the world. Each Orixa or deity has their own rhythm and dress and accustomed food they "like". Rumba and folkloric Orixa dances permeate Cuban culture and keep its strong ties with Africa alive.

La Caita is Portland’s destination for Cuban Creole cuisine and classic Cuban cocktails. Dinner is served from 5 pm to 11pm, but the kitchen stays open until 2:30 am, featuring La Caita’s menu de media noche, or midnight menu. La Caita is a follow-up venture to Pambiche, the acclaimed Cuban Creole establishment in Northeast Portland selected by Willamette Week as one of the Restaurants of the Year in 2002.

Contact: Erick Hermann at (503) 285-6422 for more information or to book private classes with Omo Ire's Cuban musicians or send an email to: to contact Miguel Bernal Nodal or Juan D'

Past tours

The 1st First Day Project, was a U.S. tour for a group of All-Star Afro-Cuban Drummers, Singers and Dancers in 2001.

This incredible group was headed by Jesus Alfonso of Los Munequitos de Matanzas
featuring Miguel Bernal, Jose Barroso, and Susana Arenas of Raices Profundas, and Teresita Perez and Sandy Perez of Afro-Cuba de Matanzas.

For more info, see

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