Evaristo

Evaristo

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
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Evaristo is a talented singer-songwriter with original music combining Latin, Cuban rhythms & urban. He is equally at home performing solo on his guitar, fronting a small group (duo, trio, or quartet), mixing his material with traditional Cuban music. His latest CD is on iTunes. Evaristo performs at many of Toronto’s popular music venues, such as Lula Lounge. Festival highlights include the Havana Cultura Festival, the Downtown Jazz Festival, and the Barcardi Festival Libre in the Distillery D

Biography

Evaristo is a multi-talented singer, songwriter and guitar player. He is a versatile performer who is equally at home fronting a small group playing his own original music, as well as in solo shows on his guitar, mixing his own material with more traditional sounds such as Cuban Son and songs from the Cuban Trovador tradition. He can also put together a duo or trio with Latin percussion depending on size of gig and venue.
His latest CD combines Cuban rhythms with Latin pop, rock and urban to create a brand new sound. The CD, Siempre Que Llueve (After the Rain), and features some of Torontos best Canadian and Cuban musicians.
Born in Havana, Evaristo now makes Toronto home, where he is an independent artist whose music has been featured nationally on CBC Radio and Jazz FM, and on Latin radio around the world. In addition to his new CD, Evaristo also has a CD of original salsa music, Luna del Barrio, featuring arrangements by the likes of Juno award winner Hilario Duran. Both CDs (World/Latin) are available online at iTunes and indiepool.com. For more information, contact us by phone, 416 363 9972, or email us at evysaoco@hotmail.com. Our Web site is www.evaristomusic.com, where you can also find out about Evaristos latest shows. The video for the title track from his CD Siempre Que Llueve can be seen on our web site, or go to YouTube.com and search for Evaristo featuring Telmary.
Evaristo performs in many of Torontos venues dedicated to Latin music, such as Lula Lounge and Latinada Tapas Bar. Performance highlights include performing at the College Street Festival, the Toronto WinterCity Festival at Nathan Philips Square, the Downtown Jazz Festival and the 2011 Havana Cultura Festival on Ossington. Some of Evaristos nominations and awards include being a semi-finalist in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition, and a finalist in the Latin category of the 2007 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, for the title track of his CD, Siempre Que Llueve (After the Rain). His new video, featuring Telmary Diaz, was been nominated for six of Cubas prestigious Lucas Awards 2009, including Best Video of the Year. Evaristo had the opportunity to perform his song Siempre que llueve (After the Rain), live at the Karl Marx Theatre in Havana at the 2009 Lucas Video Awards, for broadcast on TV Cubana.
Evaristo was born in Havana City, Cuba. He has been composing music since he was a teenager, and graduated from Havanas Ignacio Cervantes Music School, training to be a singer, as well as guitar, piano, acting, and musical composition. In the 1980s, Evaristo started playing guitar and singing publicly in the Cuban Trova style, in concerts and improvised performances around the Havana club scene. Evaristos professional career began in 1987, when he played guitar with Jesus Morales (Moralitos), one of the greats in Cuban Music. In 1988, he sang for a year with the Cuban National Radio and Television Chorus.
Then in 1989, Evaristo auditioned for the Tropicana Nightclub in Havana, and joined the company as a singer and dancer. Evaristo enjoyed a 6 year run with the company, performing regularly as one of the principal singers in Tropicanas world famous cabaret-style nightclub show. With Tropicana, Evaristo went on many international tours, performing in Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Evaristo lived and performed in Milan, Italy for 3 years before coming to Canada in 1997, where he met Grammy-nominee Jane Bunnett, and started performing with her Cuban jazz ensemble. He was a regular singer with groups such as Son Ache, before forming his own salsa band in 2000, and starting the new band and project in 2003.

Lyrics

Desamparado

Written By: Evaristo Machado

Me deslizo suavemente entre las calles mudas
Y algún rostro se me pierde en la otra cara
De la luna
Soy fantasma transeúnte de esta noche pura
Soy un bardo enamorado sin cobijo ni fortuna

Una flor de la noche me escucho cantar
Sobre el césped de sueños y mi tempestad

Desamparado

Me detengo en algún parque para meditar
Si es que el rumbo lo he torcido como un trágico animal
Estoy ebrio entre mis cuerdas y el humo de ciudad
Y la suerte se me escapa con su loca vanidad

Una estrella me ha mirado desde su balcón
Y aunque gira en el espacio sabe que mi canto esta

Desamparado

Luna del Barrio

Written By: Evaristo Machado

La luna del ha salido ha robarse la noche
Con ese perfume que embriaga al mas incrédulo macho
Se viste de luces y juega al amor con un precio
La luna ha salido a cazar la fortuna en un lecho

Sentada en un bar con sus piernas mirando hacia el cielo
Dejando su pelo enredado en el ron y el deseo
Parada en la cima mostrando esas frutas divinas
Es diosa en tacones mientras su cuerpo gira

Ay luna querida dame tus heridas y sus pasiones
Muchacha de la noche que va regando amor
Por mis rincones
Regálame esa gracia caminar por tu cuerpo con sus flores
Navegar en tus ojos y fundirme en tus cenos y en tus soles

Luna del barrio mira yo quiero tus labios

English translation:
Luna means moon, and is also the name of a beautiful woman who lives in the Barrio, the poor part of town. The song is sung by someone who is in love with Luna, and poetically describes her body and her affect on men of the Barrio, and laments that she has to sell her body to survive.

Maria

Written By: Evaristo Machado

Maria te fuiste en una ola cargada de inocencia
Volando sobre el mar…
Maria desnuda y asustada con peces en tus alas
Y un nido de coral…
Nació en una ciudad de puro acento
Donde el amor se da con sal y viento,
Donde los sueños salen a nadar
Maria, Maria de mi acera, historia verdadera Maria de mi bar
Maria, Maria si supieras que sueno con tu cielo siempre te voy a amar
Tus faldas y tu mente enamorada, tus trenzas son dos rios en tu almohada
Y tu carita es luna y es dolor
Maria, Maria de mi acera, historia verdadera Maria de mi bar
Maria, Maria si supieras que sueño con tu cielo siempre te voy a amar
Maria, Maria…

Siempre Que Llueve (Whenever It Rains)

Written By: Evaristo Machado

Yo se que la vida es dura
Y que ha veces muerde el alma
Que no pedimos nacer con la pobreza en la cara
Yo se que el camino es largo, de espinas y rosas se habla
Cuesta trabajo entender, que solo el amor te salva
(Coro) Siempre que llueve escampa
Si tienes ti isla rota si no llueve en tu esperanza
Si el dinero esta al revés, si la puerta esta cerrada
Si tu árbol nació torcido y su tronco no endereza
Si el destino y el tarot andan jugando en tus alas
(Coro) Siempre que llueve escampa
Tomate un café con Dios cuéntale tu verdad
Pon tu corazón en tierra
Que no se apague tu voz busca tu humanidad
Héroe de tu misma guerra
(Coro) Siempre que llueve escampa...

Discography

Evaristo latest CD is ‘Siempre Que Llueve…’ (Every Time it Rains). The music is Latin pop/rock infused with urban, reggae funk, and Cuban rhythms to create a new sound. Samples are available here and on our web site (www.evaristomusic.com). His video for ‘Siempre Que Llueve…’, featuring Telmary Diaz, was nominated for 6 Lucas 2009 Awards, including Best Video of the Year (go to YouTube.com and search on 'Evaristo featuring Telmary'). It has been featured on CBC Radio, Jazz FM 91, and on many Latin community radio stations.

Evaristo also has an independently produced CD of original salsa music, ‘Luna del Barrio’, features some of Canada’s best Latin musicians, including Alexis Baro on first trumpet. The CD (World/Latin) is available on cdbaby.com (www.cdbaby.com/evaristo).

For information, email evysaoco@hotmail.com, or check out his Web site at www.evaristomusic.com.

Set List

Evaristo has a long history of songwriting, and his set list varies by venue and size of band. He can do an entire show of his own material, or he can combine that with familiar Latin and Brazilian music, such as songs from the ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ songbook, Boleros, Cuban favorites, Bossa Novas, Latin jazz and jazz standards, and more. Contact us for details.