ORQUESTA


Orquesta was formed in 2014 to support the release of Tomas Diaz’s first solo album, Genesis.

The band, made up of 13 individuals whose musical talents have graced stages in over 50 countries, has a wide range of experience in different musical genres ranging from reggae, salsa, Latin pop, heavy metal, rock and roll, R&B, gospel, blues, etc. The unique blend of their styles is a signature of the band’s memorable live performances.

Orquesta was formed in 2014 to support the release of Tomas Diaz’s first solo album, Genesis.

The band, made up of 13 individuals whose musical talents have graced stages in over 50 countries, has a wide range of experience in different musical genres ranging from reggae, salsa, Latin pop, heavy metal, rock and roll, R&B, gospel, blues, etc. The unique blend of their styles is a signature of the band’s memorable live performances.

Band Member Bios:

Percussion/Vocals – Freddy “One Take” Cardenas– Freddy (El Moro) Cardenas was born in Havana, Cuba. He has worked with numerous artists, and has been a part of major events such as the Latin Grammys, Premio Lo Nuestro, Premios Juventud, Homenage a Jose Jose, and the Latin Billboards. Cardenas has shared stage with Andy Montanez, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Tito Nieves, Cheo Feliciano, Prince Royce, Tito El Bambino, Chino y Nacho, Sergio George, Oscar DeLeon, Lucrecia, Albita Rodriguez, Cuco Peña, Giovanny Hidalgo, Nestor Torres, Willie Chirino, Romeo Santos, Elvis Crespo, Jose Alberto el Canario and many others. Freddy is a vocalist on the two time Latin Grammy nominated and one time American Grammy nominated band Edwin Bonilla y Su Son, in which he has been demonstrating his voice and dancing abilities for 14 years. Cardenas is also a vocalist and pioneer for the Celia Cruz All Stars.

Vocals – Keilah Rose – Keilah Rose began her performance career as a house poet at Speak Fridays in Miami, FL. Fueled by her love for poetry, she would perform at any open mic night she could find in the city. At the age of 21, she became a street performer on the popular Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive in South Beach. Keilah was a contestant at amateur night at the Apollo theater in New York City, before finding her place in Krucigrama as a vocalist.

Vocals – Jenny Love – Born and raised Miami, it was here that Jenny Love developed her musical tastes and interests.  Her candid readiness to experiment with musical genres has had a profound influence on the direction her musical journey has taken and her unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence. Jenny has been the first and only Latin artist ever sponsored by Peterson’s Harley Davidson and in 2007 she was Billboard Latino’s House Band Musical Director as well as a performer. She has taken stage with Jazz Masters Arturo Sandoval and Michael Orta as well as Bobby McFerrin, Gloria Estefan, Nicole Yarling, Jon Secada, Natalia Jimenez, Julio Sabala, Nicole Henry, the Luis Espindola Latin Jazz Band and Negroni’s Trio among others. Jenny has made appearances on television shows such as Sabado Gigante, Mega TV’s La Descarga con Albita and Maria Elvira Live. Jenny Love also won first place in the Miami International Song Festival for Best Performance and Best Song in July 2011. Most recently Jenny has collaborated with Conjunto Impacto on “El Regreso” the band’s first album after 26 years marking a new era in its’ musical history under the direction of Conjunto Impacto founder Mario Perez.

Trombone – William Paredes – Born in Santa Clara, Cuba, William started his vocal and art studies at ten years old. In Havana, Cuba he worked with La Banda Nacional de Concierto, Rojitas Band and Issac Delgado. He was part of “Team Cuba” All Stars, a band with the best musicians of the five most famous orquestras in Cuba. In 1989 he moved to Madrid, Spain to work with Issac Delgado. In Spain he worked with artists and bands like Celia Cruz, Orichas, Habana Abierta, Dig, El Canario, and many others. In 2005 he moved to Miami where he worked with Rey Ruis, Hancel y la Orquesta Calle Ocho, Malena Burkes, and many others.

Saxophone – Rodolfo (Rudy) Fernandez is a freelance Cuban multi-instrumentalist. He plays saxophones, clarinet, flute and piano. Rudy started his piano studies at the age of 4, clarinet studies at the age of 9 and saxophones and flute at the age of 15. Rudy is a self instructed musician. In Cuba he played in the Tropicana Orchestra until he moved to the U.S., where he has been on tour and shared the stage with Jencarlos Canela, Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine, Jon Secada, Chayanne, Arturo Sandoval, and others. Rudy is currently living in Miami, Fl. He plays as a soloist and with several local bands.

Drums – Joel Enriques – Joel Enriques has more than 20 years of experience on the drums. He has toured and performed with Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Julio Sabala, Priscila, Javier Iglesias, Julio Iglesias Jr., Jose Iglesias, Vonelle, Locoyo, Garaje H, Jose Valentino, La India, Ever So Klever, Erick Bolivar, and Grammy Winner Alvaro Torres, among others. Joel graduated from Miami Dade College with a degree in Music, and from Florida International University with a degree in Music Education.

Congas/Percussion – Chaing Liang – Chaing spent 9 years touring with the world famous Cuban band Buena Vista Social Club. He has played alongside numerous artists such as Omara Portuondo, Herbie Hancock, and Arturo Sandoval, to name a few. Chaing has travelled and performed in more than 50 countries within Asia, Europe and South America, showcasing his conga talent on his journeys abroad.

Keyboard – Ivan Rodriguez – Ivan Rodriguez began his musical studies at the age of 10 at the lejandro Garcia Caturla Music School in Cuba. It was there where he found his passion for the clarinet and the piano. Upon finishing school, he continued on his independent musical career, playing alongside numerous artists and young musicians from Cuba. In 2009, Rodriguez joined the Cuban Rock group, Los Kents, and with them had the opportunity to travel to the United States and perform abroad. In 2013, he settled permanently in the U.S. and became a member of Krucigrama.

Bass – Hector Ferreiro – Electric bassist Hector Ferreiro graduated from the National School of Art Instructors in Havana, Cuba, where he was a protégé of the legendary Carlos del Puerto. In Cuba, Ferreiro was the bassist for Anabel Lopez and is featured on her live album, recorded at Havana’s National Theater in front of an audience of thousands. He has performed in a myriad of American cities and has shared stages with Bono, Jurassic 5, Los Lobos, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, Howie Day, Beth Hart, Sheila E, Stewart Copland, Terami Hirsch, Sabrosa Purr, Flea, and Self Scientific, among others. Hector was a member of the experimental rock band The Frequency with whom he has toured throughout the United States and Canada, and appeared at a number of major summer festivals including 10,000 Lakes Festival, Quebec International Summer Music Festival, and the Wicker Park Music Festival.

Guitar – Hernan Fortuna – Hernan Fortuna has more than 20 years of experience as a guitarist/composer and producer. He has worked with international artists such as Mana, Pitbull, Ricky Martin, Juanes, Camila, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Jon Secada, and Jencarlos Canela, among others. After collaborating with various music groups of different styles, in 2000 he began his solo career and produced four albums.

Guitar – Michael “Metallica” Hernandez – Born in Miami, Florida, Michael began writing his own music at the age of 15. At 17 years old he was the winner of a Battle of the Bands contest at Churchill’s. Michael studied Audio Engineering at SAE Institute of Miami, and is an engineer at West Sound Studios. As the founder of Blackwater Studios, an at home studio project, Michael has recorded and started two metal bands. He plays both guitar solos on the track “Crucigrama” and engineered the album Genesis.

William Paredes –
Born in Santa Clara, Cuba, William started his vocal and art studies at ten years old. In Havana, Cuba he worked with La Banda Nacional de Concierto, Rojitas Band and Issac Delgado. He was part of “Team Cuba” All Stars, a band with the best musicians of the five most famous orquestras in Cuba. In 1989 he moved to Madrid, Spain to work with Issac Delgado. In Spain he worked with artists and bands like Celia Cruz, Orichas, Habana Abierta, Dig, El Canario, and many others. In 2005 he moved to Miami where he worked with Rey Ruis, Hancel y la Orquesta Calle Ocho, Malena Burkes, and many others.

Saxophone – Remy Martinez – Remy Martinez was born in the Bronx of New York, but moved to Miami as a child where at the age of six his uncle, a musician from the Dominican Republic, had him pick up the saxophone. After just a few moments of blowing into the sax, Remy’s uncle turned to his father and said, “Your son will be a great Saxophone Player!” And that is exactly what happened. Remy continued to play throughout his childhood and high school, influenced by great musicians such as Charlie Parker, Gerald Albright, and John Coltrane to name a few. Later, he formed a Jazz Group called The BUM Brothers (Brothers United by Music). He was accepted to Florida A&M University on a full scholarship and became the lead Tenor Saxophone in the University Jazz Band. Remy has become a very versatile musician on Tenor/Alto Sax and continues to accomplish many more instruments on his musical journey. He has also performed with the Miami Heat Street Band over the years, and has traveled to Paris and London to perform for the Nike All Star Games and Festivals.

Flute – Fabian Alvarez – Fabian Alvarez’s recent collaborations include appearances with the Orlando Philharmonic and Miami Symphony, and an appearance as a distinguished solo artist with
the Estado de Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Besides his demanding orchestral playing schedule, he is a founding member of the Miami Winds, a close-knit ensemble which is seeking to broaden the public’s interest in chamber music for winds. Fabian obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance at the “New World School of the Arts” in association with the University of Florida. He was a pupil of Liliam Santiago, and obtained a Master of Music in Performance from The Lynn University Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Mrs. Renée Siebert, a distinguished former member of the New York Philharmonic.