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Spring Schedule

Press Release

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Los Muñequitos de Matanzas
Spring 1998 U.S. tour

Tour Update: March 1, 1998

The schedule has recently been updated and put out with a new press release.

***FLASH, March 18th: the Muñequitos have landed and are taking the US by storm with a hot new show.  They sold out in Ann Arbor, sold out in Columbus, Ohio, with an audience of 1700, sold out 3 nights at the Museum of Contemporarty Art in Chicago and got a terrific review in the Chicago Tribune.  ***

Los Muñequitos De Matanzas, the legendary Afro-Cuban percussion, vocal and dance ensemble will tour widely across the country from March through early May 1998.

Some dates are still available. The group is available for single performances, lecture-demonstrations and/or workshops. For more information on the tour and date availability, please contact the Tour Management.

Spring 1998 U.S. Tour Schedule
Los Muñequitos de Matanzas

March 13-15 Museum of Contemporary Arts, Chicago, IL
March 17 Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
March 18-19 University Musical Society at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
March 21 Glassboro Center for the Arts, Rowan College, Glassboro, NJ
March 25 & 26 Hostos Center for the Arts, Bronx, NY
March 27 & 28 Symphony Space/World Music Institute, New York, NY
March 29 The Roxy/World Music, Cambridge, MA
March 30-31 Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
April 1-3 University of California, Los Angeles
April 4 Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ
April 5 & 6 University of Arizona, Tucson
April 9 University of California, San Diego
April 10 & 11 La Peña, San Francisco, CA
April 14-16 Dallas, TX residency
April 18 & 19 Houston International Festival, TX
April 20-22 OPEN
April 23-25 University of Washington, Seattle
April 28 CenterArts, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Returned to Cuba after a very successful tour. Anna Perez and Jesus Alfonso stay on for several weeks in the Bay Area to give classes.

Contacting the Muñequitos Tour Management

Cathy Zimmerman
104 Franklin Street
New York, NY 10013
Ann Rosenthal
MultiArts Projects & Productions
155 Avenue Of The Americas, 14th Fl
New York, NY 10013
FAX: 212-925-0369
FAX: 212-366-1778


Press Release

For Immediate Release
For Additional Information:
Ann Rosenthal or Jenny Tool

MultiArts Projects & Productions Announces
Spring 1998 U.S. Tour of
Cuba's Legendary Los Muñequitos de Matanzas

"...spectacular sensual dancing and some of the most complex drumming to be heard
in this hemisphere..." (The New York Times)

"The Reigning Regents of Rumba" (San Francisco Chronicle)

Return to the US for 16-City Tour
March 13 - April 28, 1998

 Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Cuba's leading rumba practitioners, return to the U.S. in March and April for a national tour touching sixteen cities in eight weeks. The tour has been produced by New York City's MultiArts Projects & Productions (MAPP). Beginning with an engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL, March 13-15, the tour continues through April 28 with performances and residency activities in Columbus, OH; Ann Arbor, MI; Glassboro, NJ; New York, NY; Cambridge, MA; Hanover, NH; Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco & Arcata, CA; Scottsdale and Tucson, AZ; Houston and Dallas, TX; and Seattle, WA.

These engagements mark the group’s fourth U.S. tour in their 46-year history. Performances, workshops and lecture-demonstrations are scheduled at universities, art centers and festivals throughout the country. A complete schedule of performances follows this release.

Los Muñequitos de Matanzas are among the highest regarded practitioners of rumba and the unequivocal masters of Afro-Cuban ritual music in the world. This legendary ensemble of drummers, singers and dancers was founded in 1952 in Matanzas, Cuba, a city whose streets seem to breathe African religion and culture. More than 40 years later, the musicians and dancers of Los Muñequitos are recognized by Cubans and throughout the world as members of the most vital ensemble to sustain and popularize the African roots of Cuban culture.

Los Muñequitos' new program, Kalenda, is filled with explosive rhythms and captivating dance, continuing the excitement begun six years ago with their debut U.S. tour. Kalenda celebrates many aspects of African and Afro-Cuban folklore, religious rituals and rhythms. The rumba of the Muñequitos is a contemporary art; the religious traditions in their repertoire tie the past to the present and the future. Their performances allow audiences to witness the vibrant culture of the African Diaspora intrinsic to Cuba's living legacy.

In addition to their tremendously successful U.S. tours, Los Muñequitos has toured extensively in Canada, Brazil and Great Britain. In 1995 the group made its historic first visit to Puerto Rico where thousands turned out for their performances. The ensemble has released six CDs on Qbadisc. Their latest CD (for release in March), Los Muñequitos de Matanzas Live in New York, was recorded at Symphony Space in 1992 during their first U.S. tour.


From a Muñequitos fan to AfroCubaWeb

I learned of the performance in Scottsdale last Saturday from your website, ordered the tickets by phone,
and drove 800 miles from Pueblo Colorado for the performance. I have seen many things in my 44 years,
great jazz performnaces, great cuban musicians, but I have never been witness to anything quite like this! I have been a fan of the Munequitos for several years and I can tell you that the CD's and Videos are but the tip of the iceberg compared to being there. Israel Berriel Gonzalez held the audience spellbound for 45 minutes with one offering after another and
the percussion and dance were so captivating that you hardly realized that several hours had passed when it was over. The crowd in Scottdale was more of the symphony going "society" type and I was concerned that they would not understand nor appreciate what they were about to witness, however the performance was so powerful that it transcended all the barriers that we are so quick to place between ourselves and other cultures here in the US.

There is a new member of the group who I believe is the son of Vivian Ramos, about 7 or so years old and already learning to be a master Rumbero. During the 800 mile return trip I still had visions of the performance and Israel Berriel Gonzalez ringing in my head. Before I knew it I was home. It is thanks to your website that I was able to be there, living here I would never have known.  Thanks.


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