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Cuarteto Guataca

New York, NY View map
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
Rating 5.0 out of 5
31 reviews
$6,000 Most Popular Price

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2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$6,000 Most Popular Price

Cuarteto Guataca is a Salsa band based in New York City since 2012. Bassist Josh Levine and percussionist and lead singer Jainardo Batista are the core duo. Guataca means to play by ear, and the two describe their music as being based on listening to each other. For a vibrant addition to your big day, this band is happy to perform for you and your loved ones.

Services Offered

Cuarteto Guataca offers a variety of musical services for pre-nuptial events as well as ceremonies, cocktail hours, and receptions. For a seamless entertainment experience, they can provide MC and DJ services. Josh, Jainardo and their team mates can play entirely acoustic or are happy to project their performance with their state-of-the-art sound system. The band specializes in an array of Latin music including, but not limited to son Cubano, salsa, bolero and cha. They can also perform r&b, pop, and jazz standards to help create a celebration that aligns with your unique vision.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which of the following are included in the price?

Learning New Songs
MC
Reception Music
Sample Performances
Sound/PA System
Travel Expenses

What is the price of your popular wedding package?

$6,000

Which of the following are included in the package?

Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music
Learning New Songs
MC
Music During Breaks
Reception Music
Sample Performances
Sound/PA System
Travel Expenses

Are you an agency or a band?

Band

How many musicians are in your band(s)?

1 - 3
4 - 6

What genres of music does (do) your band(s) play?

Acapella
Acoustic
Big Band
Blues
Caribbean
Classic Rock
Classical
Country
Dance
Folk
Funk
International
Jazz
Latin
Mariachi
Motown
Oldies
Pop
R&B / Soul
Reggae
Rock
Strings
Swing
Top 40

What music services do you provide?

Bilingual MC
Instrumentals
Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music
Learning New Songs
MC
Reception Music
Music During Breaks
Rehearsal Dinner Music
Sample Performances
Vocals
Liability Insurance
Willing to Travel

What items are available?

Microphones
Sound/PA System

31 Reviews

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    Verlaine N. Getting married on 03/06/2025
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    Absolutely amazing

    This amazingly talented group of musicians regularly played at our venue, Verlaine, Sunday nights for years. They created a one of a kind experience for our customers and staff alike. They are always professional, prompt and most importantly authentic musical entertainment. When they play, you can't help but dance. Truly an incredible experience. Without fail, they would fill the whole space. Always guaranteed a busy night. We can't wait until we are able to have them back!

    Cuarteto Guataca's reply:

    Thank you so much Gary! Means a lot to us that you took the time to do this! See you out there soon I hope.

    Josh y Co.
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    Frances R. Married on 01/04/2022
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    Immensely talented band, exceeded expectations

    The Museum of the City of New York hired Josh Levine's Cuarteto Guataca to provide live latin music for a museum-wide festival in November, 2019. We needed a latin band, a jazz band, and a music workshop for kids and families. Josh and his Cuarteto delivered on every count: they were extremely professional, easy to work with, and willing to consider the scope of the event and audience when planning their sets. They were also willing to work within the parameters of our somewhat non-traditional performance space. The music was energetic, dynamic, and compelling and the musicians were supremely talented. They offered a truly engaging performance, which was extremely well received by our audience. I would highly recommend Josh and the Cuarteto to any organization or individual considering presenting music with extraordinary artistic quality!

    Cuarteto Guataca's reply:

    Thank you for taking the time to post this lovely review Fran!
    I hope you and yours are well.

    All the best,

    Josh
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    Stephanie G. Married on 09/05/2021
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    The perfect band for our Cuban wedding in VT!

    We saw Cuarteto Guataca play about a year ago in Weehawken, NJ and reached out about the possibility of playing at our wedding in Vermont. They responded quickly (through GigSalad) and were super enthusiastic about playing at our wedding. They were INCREDIBLE! People have not stopped talking about the band and it was so wonderful to see my abuelos dancing the night away. Would absolutely recommend Josh and the rest of the team.

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner

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Team

Jainardo Batista
Jainardo Batista
Co-leader, co-owner, lead singer and percussionist

Jainardo Batista of San Juan, Puerto Rico has been at the heart of New York's salsa and Cuban music scene for decades. He is a sonero's sonero, a percussionist's percussionist and a musician's musician.

Jainardo toured the world through The State Department anbd Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz Ambassadors program and co-led the legendary Cuban son group in NYC called Nu' Guajiro with tres player Aaron Halva.

Josh Levine
Josh Levine
Co-leader, co-owner, bass, vocals and booking

I got my start as a professional musician playing in the parks and on the streets of NYC, so when things were in various states of shut down during the Spring of 2020, I went back to my roots and started playing in the parks with one of New York’s premier percussionists and soneros — Jainardo Batista. Before long, we had generated some buzz, including a tweet by the mayor citing us as proof that NYC was still alive and kicking. Venues with outdoor spaces started to invite us to play and we gained momentum as a band, playing together more and more, rehearsing new repertoire, and building our following the whole time. To sum it up, we had a very atypical experience as performing artists during the pandemic, performing almost as much or more than we were in the before times. Our next step will be to record an album.

www.joshlevinemusic.com

Itai Kriss
Itai Kriss
Cuban tres, flute, coro and minor percussion

Itai Kriss, a Grammy nominated recording artist praised by Jazzwax as “one of the most exciting new flutist-composers” on the scene, commands a variety of musical genres with an eclectic style infused with Jazz, Latin and Middle Eastern sounds.

According to Downbeat Magazine, there is a “tangy, exotic flavor” to the New York musician’s style, which can be heard on his debut album, The Shark (2010) as well as on his latest release, TELAVANA (2018). The Shark features Kriss’ “soaring technique and phrasing that is both aggressive and pastoral,” which displays the versatility of his command of the flute, shifting through genres from funk and reggae to salsa and Arabic stylings with fluid ease.

After spending the past 15 years working at the forefront of New York City’s Jazz scene while performing, recording and touring with some of the world’s top Afro-Cuban, Latin and Salsa artists, flute virtuoso Itai Kriss fuses the sounds of his native Israel with those of his adopted homelands in the Americas to create TELAVANA. From the desert shores of Israel to the tropical beaches of Cuba, TELAVANA bridges the musical spheres of the Middle East and the Caribbean by combining Timba, Soul, North African music and Jazz to create a unique and lively mix of rhythms and textures.

When not touring and recording with likes of Orquesta Akokán, Dafnis Prieto, Edmar Castañeda, Yemen Blues, Gregory Hutchinson, Burning Spear, Los Hacheros, Pedrito Martinez, Omer Avital, Grupo Latin Vibe, Yosvany Terry, Avishai Cohen, Eric McPherson, Elio Villafranca, Kriss performs regularly at premiere New York music venues including The Blue Note, Birdland, S.O.B.’s, Lincoln Center and The Copa Cabana.

www.itaikriss.com

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