Fronting a six-piece all-star Cuban backing band, which includes Carlos Frank Iraola Acosta (Barbarito Torres) and Lino Lores Garcia (Omara Portuondo), Cuban-Canadian Juno & Grammy nominee Adonis Puentes opens up the marvelous world of Cuban music with syncopated rhythms, propulsive bass lines, nuanced horn arrangements and melodic piano and guitar. The Latin Jazz Network raves: "Original compositions richly imbued with tradition; superb arrangements with an international flavor; and a world-class band that delivers with great precision."
Adonis is one half of the talented Puentes Brothers (Alex Cuba is his fraternal twin), who left Cuba for Canada's West Coast many years and, fourteen years ago, decided to pursue solo careers. Adonis' first solo recording, Vida, was a dance-friendly take on traditional Cuban music and received national airplay and numerous awards. His most recent album, Sabor a Café – a sensuous, profound work with dramatic arrangements and a crystal clear studio sound – was nominated for "World Music Album of the Year" at the 2014 Juno Awards. Adonis is an increasingly mature and compelling singer: the Afro-Cuban All Stars’ Juan de Marcos calls him a true soñero.
In addition to featuring material from his recent solo projects, Adonis' new show with The Voice of Cuba Orchestra (on a cross-Canada tour this summer) will offer a deeply soulful tribute to trova icon María Teresa Vera (1895-1965). This itinerant Afro-Cuban composer will be celebrated both in the inclusion of some of her works, and through the influence of her unique and spirited sense of interpretation.