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Young lions (and lionesses) of the cuatro

Listed in alphabetic order

Héctor "Pucho" Alamo

Pucho brings his bright young talent and laid-back, confident style to match some of the most best cuatristas of the Big Apple. He currently backs the hot New York City jíbaro-fusion group Yerbabuena, who gives him ample berth and frequent solos.

Pucho Alamo started studying his instrument at a very early age with none less than Maso Rivera in Puerto Rico. After moving to New York and studying with Quique Ayala and others, he eventually underwent an intensive apprenticeship with the late Edgardo Miranda and was taken under Yomo Toro's wing. Out of appreciation, Yomo gave him his most recognized cuatro (which bears Yomo's name) and even refers to him as "Yomito." Pucho deserves a spot among his generation's most notable players.

Watch Pucho playing with Yerbabuena here 


Emma Colón Zayas

Winner of numerous awards for her talent on the cuatro, as well as her amazing ability on the guiro, Emma began her artistic career at a young age, playing with her father and brothers Edwin and William in the group the Colón Zayas Family. Currently she is touring the world playing solo and together with her brothers in the group Taller Boricua.

Go to our page dedicated to Emma Colón Zayas here.

Communicate with Emma via e-mail 

Maribel Delgado

Maribel Delgado was born in Camuy, Puerto Rico. She became interested in music at the age of nine, inspired by her grand father Toño Ramos and her father Jose Delgado. At age eleven, she became a member of the Rondalla Municipal de Hatillo, Puerto Rico and remained a member for a period of seven years.
She has entered a won numerous competitions in the Cuatro winning first prize in at least seven of them. Maribel was the first Puerto Rican women to record a CD as a Cuatro instrumental soloist when she produced “El Cuatro en Manos de Una Mujer” (The Cuatro in the Hands of a Woman).
She was a guest solo artist at the 50th anniversary of the Sonora Ponceña and a guest artist with the Mayaguez Symphony Orchestra. On May 28th of 2008, she made her debut performance with the Symphonic Orchestra of Puerto Rico, performing “Landscapes for Cuatro and Orchestra,” by Sonia Ivette Morales.
See our page dedicated to Maribel Delgado here
Contact Maribel Delgado here.

Quique Domenech

The ingenious cuatrista Quique Domenech is distinguished not only among the young stars of the day, but is known to the world of music as a recording engineer, television producer and musical arranger. Born in 1974, Quique Domenech began playing cuatro when he was six years old. Along with hundreds of other young Puerto Ricans he attended cuatro lessons at the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. He recorded his first solo album in 1997. He has participated in numerous other recordings with great musicians of world class, as well as live presentations at festivals around the island and in the United States. Read the brief biography by the Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular here. (Spanish only)

Follow Quique on Facebook and Twitter here.

Josean Feliberty

A very skilled cuatrista from Ciales who has recorded with the likes of the great singer and trovador Odilio González. We are currently looking for more data on this young player.


Listen to Josean backing up the great singer Odilio González

Mariano Jurado

A marvelous Puerto Rican cuatrista that has performed to enthusiastic audiences in Spain, United States, Latin America and Puerto Rico puertorriqueño. He is musical director of his own group, "Juradito y su Jíbaro Son".

Alvin Medina
El Jibarito

Alvin Medina is undoubtedly the most exciting cuatrista of this new generation living in the United States today. Enjoy a sampling of his most recent work:

   Alvin plays Bach in salsa!

See our page dedicated to Alvin Medina here ...
and visit Alvin Medina homepage

Javier Méndez 

A marvelous cuatro player with a long history in the Chicago musical scene. Javier is the cuatro player always selected by the great traditional singer Odilio González whenever he does shows in the great city. Javier has shared the stage with the great cuatristas Maso Rivera and Nieves Quintero, and has backed the venerable troubadour Luis Miranda and the Bacardi-prize winning troubadour Hiram Martínez.


Javier's group, Uniendo Raíces, offers us a great version of Odilio González' tune, Un Jíbaro en Apuros [A Jíbaro in Trouble].

Visit Gabriel Muñoz' website

Gabriel Muñoz

The exciting and innovating cuatrista Gabriel Muñoz was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico, but his family moved to Trenton, New Jersey at an early age. His interest in the cuatro began at fifteen when he heard Alvin Medina play, who later mentored him for a full year towards his musical goals. He continued his practice until reaching the festival circuit, sharing stages with Iluminado Davila, Edwin Colon Zayas, Javier Alicea, Josean Filiberty, and Charlie Rodriguez, among others. With Trenton NJ as his home base, he keeps up his musical career in the northeast USA recording, composing and teaching the cuatro. The Cuatro Project congratulates Gabriel for his search for new horizons for the cuatro, and for creating ties between our traditional national genres and new and youthful modalities such as rap and hip hop. It is extremely hard to find a balance between the traditional and pop genres in a way that can please a wide audience. We feel Gabriel has succeeded. Listen:

Seis Villaran, fusion by Gabriel Muñoz

Deseo Verte, guaracha written by Gabriel Muñoz

Que Bonita Bandera, fusion by Gabriel Muñoz

Cristian Nieves

Heir to an extraordinary talent, descending from the master cuatrista Modesto Nieves, who led his son Cristian towards the instrument from the first days that he could hold it in his arms. He appears frequently with his very talented singer-guitarist sister Monica Nieves and as well with his famous father. But he has also launched his solo career featured in firecracker bands such as Rumba Caribe y backing international pop stars such as Ricky Martin. One of the first to bring the cuatro into Rock (and Rock into the cuatro), repeatedly being awarded prizes in that genre. His astounding skill and dexterity has taken him to far-off lands, where he invariably leaves behind a mesmerizing impression of not only his skill, but of the versatility of our national instrument.

  Click here  to Listen to Cris Nieves, during a presentation at the Field Museum in Chicago in 2000, accompanied by his father, Modesto Nieves.

Charlie Rodriguez
Charlie Rodriguez is an outstanding cuatrista who began his musical training in 1986 under the tutelage of the King of the Cuatro, Maso Rivera. Charlie demonstrated, from his first lessons with Maso, that he was born to play the Puerto Rican cuatro. Along with Maso, Charlie traveled to different towns in the island to teach the art of the cuatro and because of this Maso distinguished him as his star pupil. In his musical career has been involved with some of the best groups in Puerto Rico and has brought the cuatro to different locations around the world including Alaska in 1998. That same year he began producing and directing the radio program The Cuatro Without Frontiers achieving extraordinary success for the cuatro and our music.

His CD El Cuatro Sin Fronteras can be found here.









 Manny Trinidad
Angel M. Trinidad (Manny), an exciting young instrumentalist was born in 1974 in Rio Piedras. His interest in Puerto Rican music began in 1981 when at 7 years of age, his father gave him his first guitar, soon to be replaced by the Puerto Rican cuatro.
     In 1982 he studied with Nieves Quintero and in 1987 he enrolled in the Escuela Libre de Música where, in 1992, he received a Music Studies Diploma and the Medalla del Cuatro. (the Cuatro Medal)
    Currently he is collaborating with his father, the Puerto Rican troubadour Miguel Trinidad, on the radio program "Añoranzas Borinqueña” (Longings Borinqueña. It was on this program that he began his career as a cuatrista, accompanying troubadours Luis Miranda, Victor Manuel Reyes, The Sanabria Brothers, Jose Miguel Villanueva, Juan Rodriguez Castro, Mariano Cotto and others at festivals and troubadour competitions.
    He has performed with the Puerto Rican Folkloric Ballet in Japan, Spain, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the United States. He released his first album "Mi Primer Regalo” (My First Gift), dedicated to Puerto Rican Christmas music.

  Manny recorded this piece Siempre Alegre, (Always Joyful)
        just for us!

  …and he gives us this selection, Triste Navidad, (Sad Christmas) from his CD, Mi Primer Regalo (My First Gift)