Maria Bacardi (formerly Maria Pessino) is an actress, singer, artist and poet who was born in Cuba in 1957. She left Cuba as a young child to be brought up and educated in Europe. She currently lives and works in East Hampton, New York where she has raised her family since 1990. Maria Bacardi has been an actress and an artist her whole life and she now embarks on the path of a new creative endeavor, which takes the form of song. This venture adds to her oeuvre and marks her first professional foray into singing. Beginning with the traditional Cuban songs her mother sang while in exile in Spain, Maria Bacardi will release her first, full-length album, Deseo. I am not in Cuba. Cuba is in me. - Maria Bacardi, from forthcoming album, Deseo.