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Roberto Poveda

Primary Instrument: Guitar, acoustic

Born: November 27    

Roberto Poveda

Roberto Poveda es un artista unico. Desde sus comienzos en Cuba, en al año 1979, escribiendo y cantando sus propias canciones en los portales de La Vibora hasta llegar al escenario del Teatro Nacional, siempre mostro una manera descomplicada y a la vez profunda de recrear su realidad. Eso se ha hecho mas evidente con los años y por ese deambular suyo entre las artes combinando sonidos, imagenes y vivencias. En el trayecto que lo trajo hasta aqui, Poveda, Roberto vivio en Bogota, Colombia por el periodo de ocho años en los cuales no solo participo de la escena musical bogotana, sino tambien hizo teatro musical y television, experiencias que despues influenciarian su mundo sonoro y vivencial. Fue en ese despues donde empezo a aprender lo que implica escribir canciones y querer vivir de ellas. Llega a Miami en el 97, escribe un catalogo de mas de cien canciones para Peermusic, graba Son Electrico (2004) y Putumayo World Records selecciona Sueño Mama para su compilado mundial Latin Lounge (2006). Su estilo vocal desenfadado y sin la estilizacion de los cantantes de musica comercial llama la atencion de Alfredo Triff con quien graba Boleros Perdidos (2006) y una intervencion discreta en DadaSon (2009). Deja Miami por Nueva York y en la gran ciudad conoce a Kip Hanrahan con quien establece una conexion inmediata. De ahi nace su colaboracion con Kip en At Home in Anger (2012) y su participacion en dos conciertos con la banda Beautiful Scars en el Ljubljana Jazz Festival y el Lugano Jazz Estival (2010). A finales de ese mismo año conoce a Fima Ephron, quien muestra admiracion e interes por su musica y ambos comienzan a trabajar en las canciones que contiene Brooklyn Nights (2012). Durante todo el proceso, incluyendo la grabacion y mezcla hecha por Michael Brorby en Acoustic Recordings en Brooklyn, hasta la concepcion y realizacion de la caratula, diseñada exclusivamente para este proyecto por el artista cubano Arturo Cuenca, siempre fue fundamental la colaboracion de Emilio Oscar Alcalde de Point Of View Productions como Productor Ejecutivo en la realizacion de este album. Es por eso que hoy queremos celebrar e invitarlos a que disfruten con nosotros de Roberto Poveda & Brooklyn Nights....
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Roberto Poveda, is without a doubt a performer with the unique ability of reaching deep down into his Cuban roots, and deliver Soulful, Eclectic, and Hypnotizing songs which he both writes and performs with the passion of a true artist.

Poveda is a performer who has wandered with his guitar from one venue to another over the past few years, building an audience of loyal followers. Povedas' unique approach in combining the various Cuban music forms of Son, Bolero, Rumba, & Timba, with Jazz, R & B, and Rap has resulted in a sound all his own.

Following in the steps of his grandfather, a Cuban Trobadour in the traditional vein, Poveda joined Havana's Nueva Trova movement, maturing musically among a new generation of Cuban singer / songwriters. In 1989 Poveda moved to Colombia, where he starred in Soap Operas, and in 1997 he relocated to Miami with a publishing deal with Peer Music. Commissioned to write the kind of catchy pop that could be recorded by Latin stars and hit the charts. (His brother, Donato, is one such Latin hitmaker).

His first U.S. album - Son Electrico, takes you beyond boundaries rarely heard or experienced. Son Electrico resonates with tremendous feeling delivered by Povedas rum-on-the rocks vocals and genuine playing. Son Electrico features 10 tracks, all written by Poveda or co-written with other artists, including Colombian singer / songwriter Juanes.

As with his live shows, Poveda experiments here with a gamut of ballad-based styles, incorporating Son, Bolero, and R & B. The results are often reminiscent of the music of other artists, ranging from the updated country son of the late Cuban star Polo Montanez, the electric licks of Santana, and the disparate Cuban folk-rock styles of Povedas Cuban contemporaries.

Judy Cantor 2004

With simmering intensity that never has to reach a boiling point to profoundly effect the listener, the debut album from nueva trova protagonist Roberto Poveda, Son Electrico is yet another jewel in Miami's crown, as Latin America's musical capitol. Simultaneously balancing a rootsy aesthetic with very modern ideas and content, Poveda will remind listeners of the genius of cross-genre artists like Taj Mahal and Norah Jones. The singer/songwriter comes to the major-label table at the end of a very long musical journey. Born in Cuba, Poveda established himself as an important figure in the nueva trova cubana movement throughout the '80s before relocating to Bogota, Colombia. After several years' work in theater and film, Poveda recolated again and finally to Miami, where a publishing deal allowed him to focus solely on his music and the writing process. Regular live performances won him both a fan base, and the opportunity to record his own record. The resulting project features some of the most subtle, sensual songwriting to heard today. The tone of the record is delightfully organic and raw. Poveda's electric guitar playing is intelligent and sparse, not often the case in Latin music contexts. His taste for production is as sensitive and refined as his songcraft. Poveda's debut performance is of a strength and consistency not often seen. Brilliant. Evan C. Gutierrez, AllMusic Guide

“Cuban - born singer-songwriter Roberto Poveda is an exceptional talent who has flown beneath the radar of the Latin music scene...Poveda's seductive tenor fluctuates between strength and vulnerability, husky blues longing and hipswinging son sensuality.” Ed Morales - Newsday

“Este trovador genuino tiene en sus manos una obra que exuda la esencia del sabor cubano, la cadencia guajira, con la sensualidad del jazz y un deambular por todas las formas musicales que exploren la riqueza, son, bolero, rumba, R&B...Un delicatessen cubano” Daniza Tobar - Ocean Drive

“Like the aroma of a cigar in a bar of Old Havana, with a taste of blues & son, memories of the Nueva Trova and whispers a-la-Chico Buarque, Roberto Poveda gives us this precious music box as a gift.” Diana Molina - People en Español

“Roberto Poveda, whose electric guitar and voice were all he needed for volatile syncopations” Jon Pareles - New York Times

“The Miami-based Cuban's work could well be called Son Ecléctico as it offers a smooth combination of son, bolero, rumba, timba, jazz, R&B, and rap. Julienne Gage - New Times

“During an interview at El Hueco a few days after the feast of Babalu Aye, Poveda tells how he came to Miami three years ago from Colombia, where he had lived since leaving his native Havana in 1989.” Celeste F. Delgado - New Times

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