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Hugo Cruz and Caminos

Hugo Cruz and Caminos

Hugo Alexander Cruz Machado is a Cuban-born, award winning, international drummer and composer who has performed in South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Mexico, Chile, Venezuela, and the United States.  Hugo is the leader of the group Caminos, who have made appearances at the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival 2019, Fábrica de Artes in Havana, Cuba, First Night Pittsburgh 2020, City of Asylum, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust events, The Frick Museum, Con Alma, Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh PlayHouse, University of Pittsburgh Afro Latinidad Festival 2022, and events for Chamber Music Pittsburgh, Equity Impact, Pittsburgh World Affairs Council, among others.  

Caminos fuse rhythms and melodies of Afro-Cuban, Cuban, and American music, in an original contemporary expression that honors traditional Cuban form. Hugo Cruz and Caminos released an album this February called Punto de Partida, featuring many notable musicians from Cuba and the U.S., recording eight of Hugo’s original compositions.  In May 2022 Caminos was the Jazz Band headliner for the Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival in Indiana PA. Caminos also has been performing a concert series called, The Voice of Drums, which brings many great drummers from the Pittsburgh area such: Roger Humphries, Poogie Bell, Tubby Daniels, Noel Quintana, Dennis Garden, Jeff Berman,  to join Camino’s way of expressing music.

While a resident of Cuba, Hugo toured regularly with Síntesis, a leading Afro Cuban rock-

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  • Gallery 1 - Hugo Cruz and Caminos
  • Photo Credit: David Roth


  • "Experiment" performed by Hugo Cruz and Caminos, Jazz Headliners at Westylvania Jazz and Blues Festival 2022.


  • Punto de Partida (2022). [Translation: Point of Departure] Album of 8 original compositions written by Hugo Cruz. Album produced by Hugo Cruz and Carlos Gaytan. Performed and recorded by Hugo Cruz and musicians in Pittsburgh and Cuba.

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