Cuba is an amazing country for music, dance and other arts. The Cuban people are warm and friendly and have a great appreciation for good music, jazz, rhythm and harmony. All of these factors combined make this a very interesting place for a home grown Canadian girl who loves jazz, latin rhythms and lets be honest, great piano players, drummers and musicians! I was so very honoured to be invited and included in this amazing cultural experience.
Ruben Oyalvides Lescay, Cuban percussionist currently touring with Francisco Cespedes, has worked with the best and the most talented musicians in Cuba, Latin music festivals (Timba) specialising in Latin rhythms, Ruben dominates any variety of percusion instrument ranging from the traditional to the exotic all the way to modern sounds of contemporary jazz. He has international recording experience and has performed in Latin Jazz Festivals like the prestigious Jazz Plaza 29 festival in Havana, Cuba accompanying Gianny Laredo and Malonie Carre in the recording and presentation of the 2014 album “Forever”. He has proved himself to be extremely talented and professional, constant and intelligent in his approach to creating a successful trajectory towards becoming a successful internationally acclaimed percussionist. He currently resides in Cancun, Mexico a wonderful location where he is able to travel internationally and still maintain and important role as a responsible and loving family man. Highly respected by his fellow musicians here in Mexico and also in the latin community of Cuba and USA, we will be seeing him at the top of the charts. We wish the very best for him and thank him for all his creativity and support in the creation of the album “Forever”.
Maestro, Composer, Producer
Grammy Award Winning Music Director
What an amazing person, Maestro Betancourt is inspiration in persona! It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to have the opportunity to work with this incredible man. He is kind, knowledgeable and above all a true gentleman. His work with the Young Cuban Big Band has inspired so many young talented musicians and launched them onto creating great music careers.