Members

SALVADOR REPILADO LABRADA
SALVADOR  REPILADO  LABRADA   Director – Double bass
He was born on March 18, 1947 in the city of Havana, Cuba.
He has been working in the field of culture for 36 years.  In 1973 he began to work as the general manager of the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory, and later of the Alejandro García Caturla Conservatory, two of the most prestigious schools of music in Cuba.
He joins the Compay Segundo y sus Muchachos quartet in 1978 and forms part of the Buena Vista Social Club project, performing at a concert in Carnegie Hall in New York.
As part of the group and with very good artistic results he has participated in important national and international events, concerts and festivals. 
In 2003, after his father’s death, he becomes the director of the Compay Segundo Group, continuing his father’s legacy and offering concerts in important festivals in Cuba and abroad.
He was named National Vanguard Worker and received the Héroes del Moncada Order.
He formed part of the Compay Segundo Artistic Brigade, which brought joy to the victims of hurricanes Gustav and Ike in the provinces of Las Tunas, Granma and Holguín.
He is a member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC).
RAFAEL INCIARTE RODRÍGUEZ
RAFAEL INCIARTE RODRÍGUEZ Musician (Clarinetist)

He was born on December 13, 1955 in the province of Guantánamo, Cuba.
 
He first studied music in 1965 with his father, Rafael Iniciarte Brioso, who also begins to teach him to play the clarinet.
 
From 1969 to 1976 he attends the National School of Art, where he wins the Third Place in the National Amadeo Roldán Performance Contest and makes a recording for the CMBF radio station.  When he graduates from secondary school, he begins to work as a clarinet teacher at the Guantánamo School of Music.
 
He enrolls in the Higher Institute of Art in 1977, where he remains until 1982 to continue his study of the clarinet.  He wins First Prize in the Chamber Music Contest.  He has practice sessions with the orchestras of the Opera and the Ballet.
 
During 1982 and 1983 he teaches at the Esteban Salas Conservatory in the province of Santiago de Cuba and forms part of the Symphony Orchestra.
 
He has belonged to various musical groups such as Quinteto de Viento, Duo Concertante, Quinteto de Clarinetes de Cuba Ebony Concert, Quinteto de Maderas de La Habnana.
 
In 1998 he forms part of the group Compay Segundo y sus Muchachos.
 
As a member of the group he has visited different countries and performed in important events, festivals and concerts all over the world, in countries such as Argentina, Chile, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Martinique and Guadalupe, in the European continent,  in Holland, Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, etc., as well as in the Asian and African continents.
 
He also participated in all the recordings made by the group since he joined it.
 
He is a member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC)

NILSO ARIAS FERNÁNDEZ
NILSO ARIAS FERNÁNDEZ Second Guitar

He was born on May 17, in the province of Guantánamo. 
He begins to work as part of the Septeto Son Entero at the Patio Colonial, and later performs at the Bodeguita del Medio as part of the Trío de México.
He joins the Conjunto de Barbarito Torres with which he performs in important international tours in countries such as Martinique, Spain, the United States, appearing on stage with performers such as El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, José Alberto “El Canario”, La Orquesta de Tito Puentes, Cesárea Evora, Van Van, Pedro Luis Ferrer, Adalberto Álvarez, Omara Portuondo, Elena Burke, Ibrahín Ferrer, Pío Leiva, Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Pancho Amat, Bamboleo, Polo Montañés, among others.
In 2005 the joins the Grupo Compay Segundo as the second guitar and participates in important festivals in countries like Argentina, Chile, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Martinique and Guadalupe, in European countries such as Holland, Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, as well as in the Asian and African continents.

FELIX MARTÌNEZ MONTERO
FELIX MARTÌNEZ MONTERO Armónico
Born on November 20, 1946, in Havana, Cuba.

Began to play the tres at a very early age, but not as a professional.  He directed several groups and participated in different festivals.
He began to work professionally in 1977 in the Campo Alegre Group, which accompanied Celina González for several years.  He was the director of this group.
He went on his first international tour in 1981, when he traveled to Japan accompanying Ramón Veloz and Coralia Fernández, as well as Caridad Hierrezuelo.
In 1984 he was invited together with Celina González and her son to the Orchestra Festival in Cali, Colombia, where he performed alongside famous groups such as Gran Combo, Oscar de León, Sonora Ponceña, Grupo Niche, among others, winning the First Prize for International Orchestra.
He toured Colombia participating in festivals such as the Barranquilla Salsa Festival and the one sponsored by the Voz newspaper in Bogotá.  He appeared on stage alongside the Wilfredo Vargas orchestra, Tito Puente, Costa Brava, Guayacán and many others.
In 1986 we went to England with Celina González, performing in important theaters in that country.
In 1993, he headed the Las Candelas group, participating in different events such as:

  • International Folklore Festival, in Tenerife, Canary Islands
  • Habaneras Festival, in this case touring all the islands

In 1997, together with this group, he toured the province of Extremadura, Spain.  The event was organized to raise funds for health and education, with the collaboration of the Asociación Extremeño Cubana de Solidaridad.
In 1998 he made a tour of Poland, which lasted four months.  Here he was accompanied by several leading figures of that country, such as Marila Redovish.
In 2003, he joined the Compay Segundo Group, where he plays the armónico, an instrument created by Compay.
Since then he has made important tours and presentations both in Cuba and abroad, in countries like Italy, Spain, Mexico, Hungary, and even the African continent.

HASKELL ARMENTEROS PONS
HASKELL  ARMENTEROS  PONS Musician (Clarinetist)
He was born on October 18, 1970 in the city of Havana.
He began to study music at the Guillermo Tomás Elementary Level Conservatory, and went on to the Intermediate Level at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory, where he graduated with excellent grades as a clarinet instrumentalist and teacher.
He enrolls in the Higher Institute of Art in Havana (ISA) and has a B.A. in Music.
Haskell, despite his youth, has had an intense artistic career, participating in important festivals in Cuba, where he has won several awards as a soloist or as part of a chamber music ensemble.  For this reason, he was selected among the most outstanding artists of the year from 1991 until 1993.
He founded the Amadeo Roldán Wind Quintent, the Havana Chamber Music Duo and the Young Symphony Orchestra, where he became an alternate soloist, and he was invited, on several opportunities, to play in the National Symphony Orchestra.
He later joins the Havana String Quintet participating in important tours and concerts.
Given his experience in playing all the instruments of the clarinet family, he joins and develops during four years the Ebony Concert Clarinet Quintet of Havana.  This work comes out in the recording Gala de Ébanos in 1996.
His international career begins to develop in 1998, after participating in the CD Calle Salud, together with maestro Compay Segundo.  From that moment on, as part of this group, he has the opportunity to appear in important venues, participating in great events, festivals and concerts in countries like Argentina, Chile, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Martinique and Guadalupe, in European countries such as Holland, Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, etc., as well as in the Asian and African continents.
HUGO GARZÓN BARGALLÒ
HUGO GARZÓN BARGALLÒ LEAD VOICE AND MARACAS

He was born on July 26, 1958 in Santiago de Cuba.
He begins his artistic career in 1980 as part of the Ilusión Santiago typical orchestra.  He remains in this group for five years, until he’s offered to work in the Maravilla del Florida orchestra, directed by Manuel Simonet, who presently directs the Manolito y su Trabuco orchestra.
He continues his career in Camagüey province, as a member of the Orquesta Tinima, where he remains for a short time since he returns to Santiago de Cuba, where he was born, to join the Orquesta Típica Juventud directed by maestro Pedro Depestre. 
He remains in this group for seven years, until 1994 when he founds and becomes part of the Cuarteto Casual.
In 1997 he moves to Havana and becomes the lead voice in the group Compay Segundo y sus Muchachos, participating since then in many international events, festivals and concerts in countries such as Argentina, Chile, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Martinique and Guadalupe, in European countries such as Holand, Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, etc., as well as in the Asian and African continents.

RAFAEL FOURNIER NAVARRO
RAFAEL FOURNIER NAVARRO PERCUSSION
Born on February 23, 1973 in the province of Guantánamo, Cuba.
He began to study music, specializing in percussion, at the age of ten.
He graduates from the elementary level and goes on to study Percussion and Group Direction in Havana.
He joins the Grupo Compay Segundo in 1998 participating in national and international concerts and festivals.
As a member of the group he has visited different countries and performed on the international stage in countries like Argentina, Chile, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Martinique and Guadalupe, and in European countries such as Holland, Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, etc., as well as in the Asian and African continents.
He has also participated in the recording of 3 CDs, taped by Warner Music, in the CD Siempre Compay, nominated for the Latin Grammy, and in 100 Años Compay, with the Treviso Symphony Orchestra
RAFAEL INCIARTE CORDERO
RAFAEL INCIARTE CORDERO Clarinetist
He was born on June 24, 1985 in the city of Havana, Cuba.
When he was eight years old, he began to study music at the Regino Eladio Boti Barreiro Vocational School of Art, in the city of Guantánamo.
He graduated from the Higher Institute of Art in Havana in June 2010, receiving a Diploma of Honor, in the clarinet specialty, under maestro Vicente Monterrey, one of the most outstanding clarinetists and teachers in the country.
In February 2009 he attended a workshop given by the French maestro Richard Vieille, Full Professor of the Paris Conservatory of Music and first clarinet of the French ensemble L’ Orchestre de Paris.
He teaches clarinet at the intermediate level at the Guillermo Tomás Bouffartigue Music Conservatory.
Since January 2011 he became part of the Grupo Compay Segundo, where he performs as a clarinetist (bass clarinet).  With this group he has participated in important tours and presentations both in Cuba and in different countries, such as Italy, Spain, Mexico, Hungary, reaching even the African continent.
In 2011 he participates in the recording of the soundtrack for the film Irremediablemente Juntos.
Since 2010 he is a guest clarinetist of the Orquesta de la Ópera y el Ballet del Gran Teatro de La Habana, with which he has participated in events such as the International Ballet Festival in Havana in 2011.
His recordings include the CD Cantándole al Sol, 2004, by the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil Tempo of the National School of Music; the CD marking 110th Anniversary of the Banda Nacional de Concierto de Cuba, 2008; the concert given by the Grupo Compay Segundo at the XXI Festival Latinoamericando, 2011, in Milan, Italy; the soundtrack of the film Irremediablemente Juntos, 2011; and the DVD of the concert given by the Grupo Compay Segundo on the 105th anniversary of the birth of Francisco Repilado, at the Beaux Arts Theater, on November 6, 2011.