Dance, Dance, Dance at the North City Jazz Walk with Kiki Valera

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Kiki Valera y Los Guajibaros
The North City Jazz Walk is pleased to announce the return of the stage at Dorian Photography featuring Kiki Valera y Los Guajibaros.

Dancing is encouraged!

Kiki started playing tres under the guidance of his famous father Felix Valera Miranda when he was only 6 years old.

At 11, he enrolled in one of the most prestigious music schools in Cuba, the Conservatorio Esteban Salas in Santiago de Cuba and by 15, he was performing internationally. 

During his years as an electronic engineering student at ISPJAM (Instituto Superior Polytecnico Julio Antonio Mella) he co-founded the Cuban group Septeto Turquino.

Around that same time, his family was the subject of research by famed musicologist Danilo Orozco, which resulted in the first recording and documentary of his family's musical heritage - La Antologia Integral de Son.

In the early '90's, Kiki played cuatro and keyboards in the popular salsa group Los Karachi. At the same time, he was recording and touring with his family as La Familia Valera Miranda became well known across Europe.

His interest in sound engineering led to yet another career in music production and in 2000 he opened one of Santiago's most respected home recording studios. Since then, he has been performing, teaching, recording and producing.

The music begins at 6:30 on Tuesday, August 16 in North City.


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