Conjunto Guantánamo

  • Tarrytown, NY
  • 07/20/2022
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Conjunto Guantánamo - Sizzling Ambassadors of Cuban Folklore℠- have arrived with a freshly interpreted, classic Afro-Cuban sound. Lively percussion, pounding syncopated bass lines, brazenly exotic trumpet melodies, uninhibited improvisation and the sultry, sexy, dynamic lead vocal of Pepito Gomez positively scorch in a variety of vintage and original compositions. Conjunto Guantánamo unite the precision and cadence of traditional Afro-Cuban music with the raw energy and edge of New York City’s unique nightlife. Conjunto Guantánamo brings you the origins and essence of what music lovers today mostly know as Salsa.

Conjunto Guantánamo's soulful sound is layered with authentic Cuban swing and sophisticated influences like "el barbaro" Benny More, Arsenio Rodriguez, Roberto Fáz, and Miguelito Cuní. Playing authentic traditional rhythms like Son Montuno, Cha-Cha-Cha, Mambo and Rumba with contemporary energy, their performances sometimes transition into extended experimental descargas -- a type of improvisational jam session -- using musical motifs straight from the streets of Havana and Matanzas, combined with the very spirit of New York City.

Since Conjunto Guantánamo was founded in 2003, they’ve become highly visible on the NYC nightlife scene, performing at festivals, dance parties, events and venues as diverse as

  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • What a Wonderfull World 50th Anniversary Festival with the Louis Armstrong House Museum
  • Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc: La Casita
  • The Gantries summer series
  • Langston Hughes Auditorium, Queens
  • The Schomberg Center, Harlem
  • Lowell Folk Festival

The band inspires thousands of New Yorkers and international fans alike to swivel their hips in the name of Latin passion.

You can find Conjunto Guantánamo at select venues around New York City and the Tri-State area just about every week - or please check their calendar at:


Band Personnel - read on about the unique and celebrated musicians who create this unique sound.

Cuban-American Ulises Beato (director, conga, vocals) was raised within the freshly exiled Cuban community of Miami of the 1970s and 80s and absorbed the traditional Cuban music, culture and Afro-Cuban religious practices of his parents and extended family there. In 2003, Ulises founded Conjunto Guantánamo and in the years since, has slowly and steadily steered the ensemble towards notoriety while honing a truly authentic urban son sound “just like they do in Havana,” allowing a world wide audience to enjoy the true essence of this ubiquitously influential genre. Ulises has produced two earlier releases with CG and is currently producing their next release, the upcoming new album “Moviendo los Caracoles” (out Fall 2018 on Nganga Records).

José “Pepito” Gomez (lead vocals, guitar, tres) was born in the small town of Florida in Cuba’s Camagüey province from where he emerged to become one of Cuba’s top vocalists. Soon after coming to the US, Pepito met Ulises who needed a new singer for CG. After working together a couple of times, Pepito was brought on as lead singer and he and Ulises cemented a friendship and working relationship that flourishes to this day. In the decade since, the two have played hundreds of performances and are set to release their third recorded production together, a full LP album entitled “Moviendo los Caracoles”

Carlos Mena (bass, vocals) was born and raised in Quito-Ecuador and is a rising star in the New York City Latin music scene. He joined CG in 2010 as its bass player and vocalist, His bass rhythms have been the band’s backbone and musical engine ever since. As a backup singer his vocal character also lends an undeniable quality to the lush back-up harmonies the band is known for.

Oscar Oñoz (trumpet) was born in Cuba's Camagüey province, a true “sonero” straight from the heart. Since 2009, he has been playing the music he enjoys and loves best as the lead trumpeter for CG bringing full circle the band’s signature sound as a traditional Cuban son ensemble. 

Mauricio Herrera (bongo) was born in the Holguín Province of Cuba. He began playing bongo and singing backup with CG in 2009 and can be heard on all of their releases to date.

Ittetsu Nasuda (piano) was born in Tokyo and studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2016, he joined CG on piano as its newest member.

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Ulises Beato
(917) 749-0153

Conjunto Guantanamo Perform and Teach at Tarrytown Arts Camp 2022

Tarrytown, NY – Conjunto Guantanamo have announced their participation in TAC - Sleepy Hollow 2022 where members, Pepito Gomez and Ulises Beato will be holding a three-day workshop (for kids in grades K through 4) on traditional Afro-Cuban music and rhythms and its influence on contemporary popular music. The band will hold a performance for the kids and families following the workshop program.


The workshop will be held July 11, 13, and 15, 2022 with the outdoor concert happening

on July 20 at Barnhart Park in Sleepy Hollow - 6:30 PM



Registration is LIVE for the Tarrytown Arts Camp in Sleepy Hollow

Click this link for registration forms –


“We really enjoy these opportunities to share something this cool and fun with the young kids,” says Beato, who is the director and lead percussionist of CG “You never know who you’ll end up influencing down the line. Some of these kids could be the very future of contemporary music and so it’s fun to sprinkle a little music dust on them.”


The workshop will be for students entering grades K through 4 in the coming school year. Some of the material covered will include an explanation on Clave and how the various rhythms within Cuban music interweave within the Clave’s patterns to form the polyrhythms that make up not only traditional Afro-Cuban music but, much of the pantheon of our contemporary popular music all over the world.


After the three-day workshop, Conjunto Guantanamo will perform a set of their traditional Cuban music for the children and their families. This will include much of the material discussed throughout the workshops and expand to provide an example of some of their traditional repertoire.


Conjunto Guantánamo's soulful sound is layered with authentic Cuban swing and sophisticated influences like "El Barbaro" Benny More, Arsenio Rodriguez, Roberto Faz, and Miguelito Cuní. Playing authentic traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms like Son Montuno, Cha-Cha-Cha, Mambo, and Rumba with contemporary energy, their performances sometimes transition into extended experimental "descargas" -- a type of Afro-Cuban improvisational jam session -- using musical motifs straight from the streets of Havana and Matanzas, combined with the very spirit of New York City. Their recordings, available on Spotify and everywhere, are also lively and robust revivals of the most traditional compositions of the Afro-Cuban songbook.


For more information on Conjunto Guantanamo’s Outreach mission see -


Their website can be found at -


Tarrytown Arts Camp has a 20-year history of high-level arts programming in the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow School district. The program is currently directed by musician, and Managing Director of Folklore Urbano NYC, Anna Povich de Mayor. Thanks to an ongoing relationship with The Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and their generous support for the teaching artist program, her first year as director featured musicians and dancers from all over the world including China, Japan, and Spain, followed by various artists from both North and South America.


This year, much of the camp will continue outside with multi-arts and landscape painting, an indoor theater camp, a clay camp, a middle school music ensemble program, and, a creative writing program in collaboration with the Hudson Valley Writers Center. All this with a focus on traditions from Caribbean cultures including Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Colombia’s Caribbean coast.

For more information see the Tarrytown Arts Camp website at

Contact them at or call (917) 655-1927




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Venue: Barnhart Park
Concert Start Time: 6:30 PM
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