Pianist, composer, and Artistic Director for Cuba’s Jazz Plaza Santiago Festival, Roberto Fonseca has toured the world’s most prestigious venues with Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® and the legendary Omara Portuondo. As a bandleader, Fonseca is undoubtedly one of the most innovative Cuban pianists in generations, with a sound at the fertile crossroads of jazz, traditional music, and soul, steeped in a spirituality faithful to his Afro-Cuban roots. Fonseca’s November 2016 release ABUC (Verve/Universal) is dedicated to the island he calls home — it spells CUBA backwards, after all. Teeming with rascally rhythms and burly brass, and woven from allusions, souvenirs and contrasts, ABUC is a kaleidoscope of dancing colors through which Roberto tells the great and rich story of Cuban music, from yesterday to today. The album incorporates elements of the island’s traditions such as contradanza, mambo, cha-cha-cha, danzon, and bolero, infused with the spirit of the descarga jam and hip-hop. Featured on a number of PBS programs in 2017-2018, including “Weekend In Havana,” a series about a changing city with amazing artistic traditions, Roberto serves as a representative and guide to the country’s musical culture. As BBC says, “By matching tradition with experiment, Fonseca has become one of the most exciting musicians in the new Cuban scene.”
Didier and Coco have started playing together in 2017 and became Kameleon beats Duo. The name comes from the ability of the musicians to perform many different styles of music changing their musical color as the chameleon does to blend in his surroundings. The repertoire includes Caribbean Creole, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, American and French music all linked with their love of improvisation.
Didier Prossaird was born in Saint Denis, France, and grew up in Paris before moving to Saint Barth’s in the Caribbean where he performed for many years with many Island bands, occasionally jamming with Jimmy Buffet. Didier first came to the US in 1995 where he resides since. His Salsa the band Sin Miedo (www.sinmiedo.us) has recorded four albums and has been performing in the DC-Baltimore area, collaborating with salsa greats Tito Allen and Frankie Vasquez, touring the US and abroad with the Washington ballet and providing Salsa music for the hottest dance nights in the Capital.
Hector “Coco” Barez . Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico in 1976, he is one of the most active musicians of the new wave of young Puerto Rican percussionists today. Coco began his musical career in 1998 performing with many different Puerto Rican folkloric groups including the Official Puerto Rican National Folkloric Ballet’ Areyto. He attended classes at The Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico, the LA Music Academy and The Interamerican University Of Puerto Rico but attributes his highest education to the streets of San Juan. There he had the opportunity to learn and work with such notable percussionist as Javier Oquendo, Paoli Mejias, Efrain Toro, Héctor Calderón, Felipe del Valle, Victor Emmanuelli, Raul Rodriguez, Sammy Gascot and Luis Vélez. Coco was a founding member and toured 7 years with the highly popular and award winning alternative Latin band Calle 13. While working with Calle 13 he toured the world playing sold out stadium shows
through out Latin America and Europe. The band was also awarded numerous Grammys and featured on MTV Latino.
Coco has had the opportunity to record, collaborate and perform with a wide variety of Latin and World music artist including Bio Ritmo, Alma Tropicalia, Don Omar, Bacilos, Mana, Alejandro Sanz, Shakira, Ruben Blades, William Cepeda (Puerto Rican Folk Jazz), Cultura Profetica, Calma Carmona, Diana Fuentes, Jerry Rivera, Jerry Medina & La banda, Tego Calderon (Hip-Hop), Jossette Reily (Flamenco), Furia Flamenca, to name a few. He has been involved with the production of various Puerto Rican music documentaries. In between his busy performing schedule Coco finds time to give private lessons and percussion workshop