Maria Bacardi, Nee Pessino, Reinvents Herself

March 8, 2013 at 9:28 pm

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Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

By Michelle Trauring   Jan 8, 2013

Maria Bacardi does not remember fleeing to Spain from Cuba in 1961 as a political exile. She was just 4 years old.

But what came after that, she described as if it had happened yesterday. On Friday and Saturday nights, hordes of family friends poured into her living room, escaping the cold Madrid air. They opened a bottle of rum and her mother, Elena Gomez del Campo Bacardi, pulled out her guitar. And then they began to sing.


They sang songs of love. They sang songs of loss. They sang songs of pain. They sang songs of their homeland—a country they yearned for, a place they would never see again.

“My mother didn’t sing them to me directly, I caught them in the air,” Ms. Bacardi recalled during a telephone interview last week. “They sang to all hours of the morning, crying desperately for their return to Cuba. Crying desperately. I didn’t realize I was living their trauma. I realized, many years later, it became the core of my artistry and my passion and my devotion for art and beauty.”

MARIA BACARDI on The Eclectic Cafe with Bonnie Grice!

March 8, 2013 at 3:57 am
Maria Bacardi will be interviewed FRIDAY March 8th  by Bonnie Grice from the Eclectic Cafe on WPPB radio at 11 AM
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   Weekday mornings Gracie Award-winning host Bonnie Grice provides a “sonic gumbo” of music and conversation on the “Eclectic Cafe”—beginning at 9am with “Conversations at the Cafè”, an on-air meeting place for a wide range of guests, artists/authors/musicians, local and global, sharing ideas and experiences in a format that’s comfortable and informed. This is followed by two exciting musical hours featuring a wide-ranging mix of music from all genres, carefully blended with a generous helping of listener requests, and topped off with the spice of local singer/songwriters.

La Voz Hispana NY – Maria Bacardi (Deseo)

March 8, 2013 at 1:05 am

Maria Bacardi debuts “DESEO”, a recording of traditional Cubanboleros with live performance at the Kitano

Release Party: March 21, 2013 | The Kitano | 66 Park Ave | New York | 10016
Two Performances: 8pm and 10pm
$10 Cover, $15 Minimum food & drink per person, per set
Reservations: 212-885-7119


NEW YORK, NY January 22, 2013 — Cuban-born, New York-based musician, artist and performer, Maria Bacardi, the great granddaughter of the founder of Bacardi rum, announces the release of her debut album of traditional Cuban ballads entitled, Deseo available March 2013 worldwide through Breaking Records. A release party with two live performances by Maria Bacardi and the musicians who recorded Deseo will be held at 8pm and 10pm on March 21, 2013 at The Kitano located at 66 Park Ave in New York City. The illustrious event will be attended by many members of the Bacardi family as well as Maria’s extensive community of celebrated actors, actresses, musicians and artists.

Stay tuned for CD REVIEW in the coming weeks. By Zenn Ramos

Sandra Bernhard’s Everything Bad & Beautiful CD – All Music Guide Review

March 6, 2013 at 9:11 pm

If hearingsandra-video Sandra Bernhard deliver a stately, theatrical version of Cheap Trick’s power ballad “The Flame” sounds absolutely delicious to you then there’s a lot to love about Everything Bad & Beautiful. If it sounds repulsive, then there’s nothing about this one-woman show soundtrack that’ll change your mind. The love her or hate her comedienne’s first full-length since 1998′s I’m Still Here…Damn It! is Sandra at her most Sandra.


February 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Breaking Records will be releasing the debut album DESEO by Maria Bacardi, featuring Cuban Boleros. It will be released on March 21st 2013, including digital and hard copy versions.

As a sneak preview, we’d like to share a very special track from Deseo entitled “Como Fué”. Please click the link below and take a listen.

Breaking For The Holidays

December 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm

izna40zoIt’s that TIME OF YEAR! The “Breaking for the Holidays” Christmas album makes a wonderful gift. Featuring a huge variety of artists on this beautiful compilation including, Chaka Khan and American Idols Jon Peter Lewis and Vonzell Solomon singing songs you know and love like “Do you hear what I hear” and “River” by Pop artist Ben Jelen.

Come check it out here

9/11 Trailer “Chick 69”

September 11, 2011 at 5:24 am


The 1969 Camaro that took her across America after 9/11.
Filmmaker: Joshua Suzanne Ethier


In Janurary of 2003, Joshua Suzanne, owner of Rags-agogo Vintage Clothing Stores decided to go across country in her 1969 camaro and thank the people of America for their support of New York during the 9/11 Tragedy. Like many businesses Rags-a-gogo suffered financial losses from the shock and aftermath the disaster caused, but she found that tourists from other states kept her business afloat by going out of their way to visit New York and simply spend money.

This teaser shows a small portion of the love, passion and pain people shared as she made her way west of New York.

This Documentary is still a work in progress: For information about about this project you can contact Chick 69 Productions:

Breaking Records and OurSceneTV!

July 11, 2010 at 5:26 am

Listen to Breaking Records Licensing Artists on
Featuring songs from: Charm School, Dirty Excuse, LOURDS, Sandra Bernhard, Melba Moore, GSX, BBG, Carla, Miz Metro and Karine Hannah!

All song available on itunes!

Fit To Go Health & Fitness With Laura O’Reilly

May 9, 2010 at 5:30 am

Fit To Go health & fitness with Laura O’Reilly

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MELBA MOORE EP “Book of Dreams” in PINK Magazine’s Music

March 17, 2010 at 5:33 am

PINK MAGAZINE’S Jason P Freeman picks Melba Moore’s “Book of Dreams” as this months pick of the best new music!

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Likely most famed for her spiritual songs of soul, and for the monumental influence her 1990 recording of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” had on Congressional Record (ultimately denoting the song as the official African American National Hymn), fans of acclaimed R&B artist Melba Moore may be unaware that this diva of divinity also does disco.

Moore’s soon-to-be-released “Book of Dreams” EP is a dance album featuring three remixes and one instrumental. The title track, written by Pat Maiorino and Andy Sarnoff–who penned two songs for Nancy Wilson and Branford Marsalis’ Grammy nominated Forbidden Lover—is an emotional ballad about overcoming odds scored against dance-floor funk; two topical themes to which LGBTs are apt to get.

And in that regard, gays can get it 9 p.m. Sunday, March 28 at NYC’s uber-trendy Splash Bar in Chelsea, where Moore will be performing in a fundraising effort to benefit the nonprofit LGBT yourh service organization, Our Youth.

Incidentally, Breaking Records Music, the independent label releasing Book of Dreams’ hard copy edition, is gay-owned and operated too.

By Jason P Freeman