PAUSA's owner, Cuban born Lázara Martinez began her violin studies in Havana Cuba at the age of 8. After receiving her Honor Diploma from the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory, she emigrated to the Dominican Republic where she was a member of the National Symphony in Santo Domingo. Three years later, she returned to Cuba to perform with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba in Havana and as soloist & principal violinist with the Camerata Romeu.
With the Camerata, she appeared at numerous presentations and festivals including Spain, Ecuador, the Cervantino Music Festival in Mexico, International Water Festival in Sweden, International Festival of the Arts, Costa Rica, International Festival of Religious Music, Colombia and the International Festival of Contemporary Music in Havana, Cuba.
She was also featured with the Camerata on National Radio of Spain, TV Madrid, Spain Radio Antena, Mexico Artes de Channel 22, and Cuba Vision / Radio Rebelde in Cuba. Before leaving Cuba to live in Mexico, Ms. Martínez recorded the debut CD "La Bella Cubana" with Camerata Romeu. While living in Mexico, she was a member of the Carlos Chavez Symphonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the State of Hidalgo, Camerata de las Americas, and the Minería Summer Festival Orchestra.
Lázara migrated to the States in 1998 and received a Bachelor's degree in Media Production from SUNY at Buffalo - Summa Cum Laude - Phi Betta Kappa and a Masters Degree in Documentary production from the City College of New York. Lázara has been a member of the Slee Sinfonietta, a substitute violinist with the BPO, the co-founder of the String Quartet Boléo and member of the Afro-Cuban Jazz group "El Coco" with whom she recorded the self titled CD " El Coco", released in 2017. Lázara co- founded PAUSA art house in 2013. She is currently the sole owner and manager of all PAUSA business operations.
Imara Lopez - The little sister
Joined us in the summer of 2018.
Cuban born, medical assistant, spiritual supporter and mother of a beautiful girl, she will greet you with a warm smile and guide you to your favorites delights from our menu.
Kendall Kay - KKayCooks
Curator of Art, Cuisine, Spirits and Wines,Chef KKay will always tantalize your taste buds. Ask away and you will discover the beauty of pairings and discover new things.
Gabriel Gutierrez - Can do it all
Always on task with whatever is needed, Gabe is our enthusiast about all things. Musician, sound assistant, handyman and stage crew, Gabe is always here to give you the right experience any time you visit us.
PAUSA art house is an award winning jazz, wine & tapas bar located in the Historic District of Allentown, Buffalo New York. PAUSA presents a wide variety of music shows and artistic exhibitions from local, national and international artists.
The relaxed atmosphere of the venue attracts patrons who wish to attend an intimate concert or an art exhibit while enjoying a glass of wine, craft beers, tapas and panini sandwiches.
The space holds up to seventy persons, intentionally small to create an intimate setting reminiscent of a house concert.
Getting to PAUSA from around Buffalo’s downtown and adjacent areas is a 5 min car ride or a wonderful 10 min walk through Buffalo’s 150 year old mansions and Victorian beauties.