BIO

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Born in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, Iris Sandra Cepeda is a gifted vocalist and songwriter and graduate of Cuba’s National School of The Arts (Escuela Nacional de Arte). A charismatic performer that draws the attention of her audience in a theater setting and keeps the dance floor moving when performing in nightclubs.

A go-to vocalist for projects requiring authentic Cuban flavor, Iris has been called on to contribute her talents to soundtracks, album guest appearances, and festivals. Some highlights include:

PERFORMANCES

  • Miami’s Calle Ocho (Andy Garcia’s Cine Son All-Stars)

  • The Geffen Playhouse (Andy Garcia’s Cine Son All-Stars)

  • Catalina Jazz Club (Andy Garcia’s Cine Son All-Stars)

  • Oxnard Salsa Festival (Rumbankete)

  • San Diego Salsa Congress (Rumbankete)

  • LACMA (Rumbankete)

  • The Music Center (Rumbankete)

FILM SOUNDTRACKS

  • Original Sin (Antonio Bandera, Angelina Jolie)

  • The Lost Cit (Andy Garcia)

TELEVISION

  • A Salute to Grammy Legends at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood

  • Appeared on the TV show Cane starring Jimmy Smits, performing the song “Veinte Años”

ALBUMS

  • Israel “Cachao” Lopez - “Ahora Si” - Awarded two GRAMMYs.

  • Andy Garcia - “Cuba Linda”

  • Danilo Lozano - “Cuban L.A. Dos”

  • Grupo Tolu ( Justo Almario and Alex Acuña - El Bongo de Van Gogh

  • Full discography can be found HERE

TEACHING

  • Iris has a ten-year tenure as a faculty member teaching voice in the Afro‐Latin Music Department at California State University, Los Angeles

In 2018 Iris formed her own band and recently performed at Hollywood’s iconic Salsa restaurant and club Floridita’s and is ready to bring her authentic Cuban sound to audiences near and far.

For bookings please email oscar@52blend.com or call (213) 784-3191