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Los Primos bringing Enriquez family together for Truro performance

Alison Enriquez plays violin and provides vocals. She will be performing at the Marigold Cultural Centre with her father and two brothers.
Alison Enriquez plays violin and provides vocals. She will be performing at the Marigold Cultural Centre with her father and two brothers. - Contributed

It will be a family reunion combined with a musical performance when a group visits the Marigold Cultural Centre this month.

The Rendezvous Quintet includes Augusto Enriquez and his three children, Alison, Alejandro and Augusto Pedro – all musicians in different parts of the world. They will be joined by Jeff Goodspeed and Matt MacLennan.

The show is a fundraiser for the Los Primos project, designed to inspire, support and promote music and social awareness in Nova Scotia and Cuba.

“Augusto is probably the most recognized singer in Cuba,” said Goodspeed, artistic director of Los Primos. “The family plays a variety of music, and the shows in Nova Scotia will be the first time they’ve played together.

Alison has been in high school in Halifax, thanks to a scholarship, and has been receiving a lot of attention in the classical and jazz scenes. Alejandro lives in New York and teaches at Columbia University, and Augusto-Pedro has been studying classical guitar in the Royal Conservatory of Madrid for the past five years.

Family members have not all been together since 2013.

“Their music is varied, from classical to traditional Cuban, Brazilian, Spanish pop, jazz and songwriter kind of stuff,” said Goodspeed. “There’s a taste of everything.”

The Los Primos project began in 1997 when Goodspeed and his wife, Amara, noticed a need and held a fundraising event to purchase musical instruments for the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Havana.

“The music education system in Cuba is pretty amazing,” said Goodspeed. “They’re allowed to specialize at a young age, and it’s a pleasure and challenge to play with them.

“They do need instruments, so we take used ones, fix them all up, and send them down in top shape. They make a world of difference to the students that receive them.”

Los Primos first brought music students from Cuba to Truro in 1998. They attended jazz camp and played at the Truro Legion.

Goodspeed, who grew up in Truro, ensures the Los Primos musicians always get to perform in town.

The Rendezvous Quintet will play Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through Ticketpro. Funds raised go to support the Los Primos project.

lynn.curwin@trurodaily.com

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