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Marietta Vuelens
Wilmer Sifontes
Jimmy Martinez


Marietta Veulens is one of the most exciting and sought after musicians on the UK Latin and Jazz scene today. She studied ‘higher piano’ at the Escuela Nacionál de Música (National Music School) Havana, and composition at the Escuela Superior de Música (Music College).

She has received several awards for composition from UNEAC (the Writers’ and Artists’ Cuban Association) and from the University of Havana. Co-founder and musical director/composer of Cuba’s most celebrated theatre company Teatro Buendia under the artistic directorship of actress and director Flora Lauten, the company toured extensively throughout the America’s, Europe and the UK.

Now based in London she has just launched her debut album, Piano Cubano as part of La Linea ’06, The London Latin Music Festival produced by ¡ComoNo! at The Queen Elizabeth Hall. As soloist and with her Latin Jazz group Trio Habana she has played at Ronnie Scott’s, The Soho Jazz Festival, The Purcell Room, The Spitz, The Edinburgh Festival, ¡CubaFest! at Riverside Studios, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Waterford Festival, Canterbury Music Festival and The Covent Garden Festival.

She was composer and sound designer for Out of the Box’s production of The Leningrad Siege directed by Mark Rosenblatt.


This highly accomplished musician has established himself as one of UK’s leading Latin percussionists. In Venezuela he studied at Roberto Marcano School and the Fundacion Bigott, dedicated to the study of Traditional Venezuelan Folkloric music. Before settling in the UK in 1996, he toured extensively throughout South America and Europe.

As a performer he has played at Womad, Beijing International Festival, Sea Side Jazz Festival (Croatia), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Warwick Festival, Dartington International Festival and regularly at the Rhythm Sticks Festival. He has played with Giovanni Hidalgo, the classical pianist Elena Rui (Salsa Nueva), Sidestepper, the Colombian rock band Aterciopelados (Grammy nominated), Maelo Ruiz, Luisito Carrion, Aldaberto Santiago, Henry Fiol, Ray Ramos as well as with his own bands Conjunto Sabroso (Salsa) and Ensamble Criollo Latino (traditional Venezuelan music).

He has led workshops in Latin percussion for young people and adults alike at Sussex and Southampton Universities, Bath International Festival, The Barbican Centre, Royal Festival Hall, CalArts (Los Angeles), Ulster University, Kijanikenya Festival (Kenya) and the London International Guitar Festival. He has worked with the Live Music Now Project, dedicated to bringing music to hospitals, hospices and hostels for the homeless. He was advisor to the setting up of the music department at The Latin American School, one of the first educational projects of its kind to be set up in the UK.


Jimmy Martinez, bass guitar, has played with Eban and Marfil(Cuba), Orquesta Sensacion, and Band Asere from 1997 – 2000. The band played at several World Music and Jazz Festivals throughout Europe and the UK. He has taught at the School of Art in Havana and in the UK teaching in primary schools and universities in conjunction with the Clapham Park Project. In the UK he plays with the band El Equipo that regularly plays at Music and Jazz Festivals throughout the UK and London. In 2003 they released their first album. He has also played with Snow Boy and his Latin Session and Alex Wilson touring to Bejiing and Osaka. He has worked with Gareth Gate, Sugar Babes, Atomic Kitten and Alex Park. In 2004 he was part of the musical Release the Beat at the Arcola Theatre, Dalston.

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