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Mayra Casales & Friends Sat 07/20/2013 7:30

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Mayra Casales & Friends Sat 07/20/2013 7:30

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Showtime 7:30pm doors open at 6:30 Mayra Casales is considered to be one of the most versatile and well-rounded percussionists of her generation. Born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Miami, Florida, Mayra is the second middle child of four, all of whom are musicians. While very young, Mayra immersed herself in the Afro-Cuban musical culture of her environment. She proved her talents and passions, and gained respect as a percussionist; instruments normally reserved only for male musicians. Mayra has a fiery and loving spirit which can be felt in her enthusiastic playing. In Miami, Mayra studied with Carlos “Patato” Valdez. Before long she was performing with some of the biggest names in Latin and Cuban music such as Celia Cruz, Machito, Joe Cuba, Miguelito Valdez and Tito Puente. In 1978, Mayra moved to New York where she continued her musical journey, working with such legendary artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, Ray Baretto, Angela Bofil, Walter Bishop Jr., Jon Lucien, Phyllis Hyman, Carmen Lundy, Tania Maria, David Amram, and Grady Tate. She has contributed to recordings by Regina Bell, Kiara, Miki Howard, and Lita Gallaway. She has toured with artists such as Sophie B. Hawkins, Women of the Calabash, and Mauricio Smith. Some of Mayra’s other credits include playing the score for the movie “On Broadway” written and produced by Joe Brooks. Mayra has been touring and recording with Regina Carter for the past 8 years. She is also playing with Dave Stryker, Carmen Lundy, and Jon Lucien. Mayra has just released her first CD “Woman On Fire/Mujer Ardiente” on the Afraisa Label which has made it to #19 on the world charts. She is currently working on the music for her next CD.
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