Edwin Rivera is one of the most influential artists in today’s Latin music & dance scene. With a career spanning almost two decades, Edwin has made quite the impact as a dancer, music producer and dj throughout the world. Edwin is also the artistic director to some of today’s premiere Latin dance Events across the country. Aventura dance cruise Miami, Aventura dance cruise Los Angeles, The New York International Salsa Congress, The Texas salsa congress, Aventura dance cruise Disney, the Baltimore salsa & bachata congress and works closely with the Los Angeles salsa fest, the World Latin dance cup and runs the only youth salsa festival in the world, “The Children Teen Salsa Congress” in Puerto Rico. Edwin alongside each organization work closely together to create the best experience for all attendees attending each event.
Music & Dance Curator
Music & Dance Curator
Born and raised in Havana, Fabien spent his youth in the company of some of Cuba’s greatest musicians and artists. His ease around artists of all disciplines and generations is obvious to anyone who spends more than a few minutes walking with him past street corner musicians and poets; into local bars and clubs where some of the finest talent in all Cuba spread their joyous gifts, through artists studios, ballet practices, opera recitals and electronic music performances where the vast breadth of Cuba’s raw talent blows people’s minds. High or low, he has all ground covered!
Regarded as one of New York City most sought after bass players, Yunior Terry is recognized for his big sound, versatility and contagious rhythm. As the youngest son of one of Cuba’s most gifted musical families “Los Terry’s,” Yunior followed the tradition and began his musical training at age seven, graduating in 1994 from the prestigious National School of Art (ENA) in Havana with a double major in violin and bass. In 1998 he attended CalArts where he continued to expand his musical horizon to include a wide variety of music and traditions from around the world.
Yunior has performed with Steve Coleman, Jerry Gonzales and Fort Apache, Lila Downs, Jeff Tain Watts, Eddie Palmieri, The late Hilton Ruiz, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Steve Turre, Jane Bunnett and his brother Yosvany Terry, among many others. In addition to his occupied schedule as a sidemen, Terry leads his own band “Son de Altura” created to innovate as well as to preserver the legacy of Cuban music; releasing his first album as a leader “Mi Bajo Danzón” published by Palo Santo Music.
Talía Bustamante was born in Old Havana in 1991. During her university studies, she worked at the Havana Film Festival, the ArteCorte Project and La Guarida Paladar. In 2014 she graduated from Journalism from the University of Havana. Since then, she has worked as a producer on NBC News, CCTV America, Habana Radio and for newspapers and advertising companies in Europe and the U.S.
In her own words: “When I work with foreigners, I always try to show a different perspective about Cuba: my love and proud perspective about the island. And my local knowledge gives me an advantage, because nothing can give a better experience than to be in touch with the culture of the Cuban daily life.”
Human connection is fundamental to our work, and we strive to provide an authentic experience. For this reason we keep our travel groups very small, no more than 8 people. The Backstage Cuba team will ensure every trip, concert, visit, and project is unforgettable. You’ll experience Havana’s art scene from the inside, like a local Habanero.
Founder, Backstage Cuba Travel
We are a boutique travel company that creates bespoke cultural tours to Cuba for individuals, nonprofit and corporate clients.
We have the insight and unrivalled contacts to take you beneath the surface for some very special cultural experiences. Each trip will involve private performances, artists studio visits, jam sessions and meetings with musicians, dancers and fascinating people from Cuba’s creative class.
Groups will be kept deliberately small, between 6 and 10 travellers, to make the experience authentic, intimate and memorable. Of course it’s not exclusively about music and dance and on your visit you will also see the historic and cultural highlights of Cuba.
Our team is made of passionate music and dance fans who share in a vision of producing exclusive and unparalleled travel experiences where no detail is overlooked.
Our music & dance tours will highlight the deep cultural and musical connections shared on both sides of the US and Cuban shores.
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