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An informal recital of 13 traditional Cuban Boleros, sung by Maria Pessino and Marta Ramirez accompanied by Carlos F Gomez on guitar, with Onel Mulet on saxophone. At The Landing, East Hampton, 2011.



“BOLERO BACARDI” is a work-in-progress, conceived and written by Maria Pessino, which will manifest as a one-woman monologue, interspersed with Cuban Bolero songs dating from 1860 to 1960.

The theme of the monologue will span a slice of the history of Maria Pessino’s family, in Cuba, from 1860 to 1960 - date when they left their country - focusing on her maternal great- grandfather Facundo Bacardi’s founding and developing Bacardi Rum. The account of her ancestors and her birth will be expanded within the larger scope of the history of Cuba in context with the world at large, during those 10 decades.


Performed and sung by Maria Pessino

Directed by Ivana Catanese

Musical Directors Carlos F Gomez and Marta Ramirez

Other musicians and designers to be determined.

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Maria Pessino was born in Cuba in 1957. She left Cuba as a young child, grew up and was educated in Europe. She has been living in East Hampton, New York, since 1990, with her children. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Oddfellows Playhouse, a not-for-profit artist’s theater company, which instigates new work and uses alternative indoor and outdoor stages throughout many locations in the Hamptons.

In the past thirty years, he has played numerous roles in many theater productions in New York City and in the Hamptons as well as directing the varied productions of Oddfellows Playhouse. 

She is founder and honorary co-chair of the Community Board of Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center.

In addition to developing theater works, Maria Pessino constructs magic environments inside boxes –Troves-, shown in numerous galleries of the Hamptons.

She holds a Bachelors Degree of Arts from New York University in Drama Therapy and Psychodrama.

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Ivana Catanese has choreographed several Oddfellows Playhouse productions: “One Thousand Avant Garde Plays” by Kenneth Koch at Guild Hall, “Systole and Diastole” and “Your Wait in Gold” by Maria Pessino at the Long House Gardens and “RRR” by Maria Pessino at Benson & Keys Gallery.

After graduating from UNC, in Mendoza, Argentina she founded the Alvarez-Catanese-Ponce company, whose adaptation of Sartre’s “No Exit” (A Puerta Cerrada) toured to the New Trends Festival in Buenos Aires and to the Casa de las Americas Festival in Havana, Cuba. From 2000-2007 she worked at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, where she co-founded The South Wing Theatre Company (TSW) and has since acted, produced, written and directed on the company’s works in Europe, the Americas and Japan. In April 2011 she will present her adaptation of Kobo Abe’s Secret Rendezvous at HERE Arts Center, NYC.

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Marta Ramirez was born in 1960 in La Aldea San Nicolas in the Canary Islands.

She is issue of a family of musicians and at a very young age formed part of the Canary Folkloric Group “Rondalla los 9 Hermanos”. She studied at the Conservatory of Music of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Royal Conservatory in Madrid.

She graduated in singing, guitar and piano.


Carlos F. Gomez was born in Trinidad, Cuba. Between 1966 and 1967 he joined the initiators of the musical movement of La Nueva Trova in Havana and subsequently became a professional musician of the Cuban Ministry of Music. Having requested permission in 1980 to leave Cuba, he was finally allowed to leave in 1985. He has set to music numerous Latin- American and Spanish poems written by renowned poets, spanning an arc from the Renaissance to the present time.

He is also the author of numerous lyrics and his songs have been featured in Film, Radio and Television.

Marta Ramirez and Carlos F. Gomez met in Madrid in 1986, moved to Miami in 1989 and launched their duo “Carlos y Marta”.

Their mission is to recover the purest essence of the songs they interpret so they choose to use Carlos’ guitar as sole accompaniment to Marta’s and his vocals.

They live in Miami and tour many cities in the USA and Latin-America.

In their first CD “Trova Bolero” (2002) , they used the musical format of “grupo de son” and in their second CD,  “Hermosa Cuba, tu cielo brillante” (2009),  they chose to present the minimalist counterpoint  of vocals and guitar.

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