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2/20/2012 9:01:00 AM
New CD release set during La Cubanita's Orchestra concert

Theresa Robertson, now going by her given name Mercy Bermudez, will release her new Afro-Cuban Latin CD titled "Me Llamo Mercy" at the La Cubanita's Orchestra concert at the Old Town Center for the Arts March 2, 6:30 p.m..

In the spring of 2010, Mercy began recording with stellar musician and music producer Curt "Kirkee B" Bisquera, and world-class and Grammy winning artists Luis Conte (percussion), John Beasley (piano) Carlitos del Puerto (acoustic bass) William Churchville (trumpet) and her writing partner Larry Czarnecki (guitar).

After almost two years, it is now ready for release and Mercy is happy to share music that came out of her rich Cuban heritage, and in honor of her parents Reinaldo y Paula Bermudez and return to her roots.

After some initial recording of Cuban and Latin classics, at the direction of her producer "Kirkee B," Mercy took some time to write some original material with Larry Czarnecki for the CD, which incorporates the varied influences of Spanish Gypsy guitar and inflections, and the first CD is completed and ready for release.

"I grew up in a household where Cuban music, especially Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, was constantly playing. Music, food, conversation and dancing is akin to the air that Cubans and Latins breathe, giving life joy and meaning," said Mercy. "As music is the universal language and crosses all borders and boundaries, I wanted to play my part in this and give thanks to the parents and culture from which I was raised."

Because of this wonderful musical opportunity and wanting to showcase some of the wonderful musical talent in Sedona and the Verde Valley and perform the music live, Mercy was inspired to put together "La Cubanita's Orchestra" to play some fabulous Latin music right here, from Celia Cruz, Albita, La India, Buena Vista Social Club as well as original Cuban songs by her and Larry Czarnecki.

The little orchestra has some of the Verde Valley's most talented musicians: Eddy Barattini on drums and percussion, Troy Perkins taking up the tres guitar, which is integral to Cuban songs and piccolo bass, Larry Czarnecki on guitar, William Hoshal on wind synthesizer, Uncle Marc on trombone and Michael Robertson on bass, plus fabulous vocal harmonies incorporating the call and response in Cuban music.

The group is looking forward to playing and performing for all of you, for a night of high energy, fun and dance.

This last fall, Theresa and her husband, Michael, returned from a humanitarian trip to her native Havana, Cuba, and fell in love with the island, its people, the rich culture in music, art, dance, architecture and food. The experience of reconnecting with her roots again, was beautiful and inspiring.

There will be a presentation of some of the 300 photos taken during the trip of life in Cuba today: its life, people, architecture, and of course, those classic cars of the '50s, as a backdrop to the music and during intermission. The cover painting on the CD was done by Jorge Rios, a talented painter and friend from Havana,Cuba

A charming new trio, Zar, with Larry Czarnecki, and his two sons Zane and Miles, will open the concert with upbeat, infectious, gypsy flavored instrumental music. They recently took second place in Pickin' in the Pines battle of the bands.

Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 633 N. 5th St., Cottonwood, AZ Call: 928 634-0940. Tickets are $20 advance purchase and $25 at the door.

Reservations are recommended as last year's concert was a sell out.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: louis vazquez

My wife Diane and I saw Theresa at a restaraunt in Sedona a year ago and loved her and the groups performance so much! I would love to purchase a cd but I dont see that option offered online! Can i purchase a cd online and if so how do I go about doing that!
Thank you!!!!

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