February 04, 2014In Havana, artist René Peña curates a show of his influences, “fresh paint” hits the walls at Galería Habana, and an intriguing group show explores memory and identity at Galería Servando. Cuban America comes to the Bronx, and the spotlight turns to local artists in Miami.
January 30, 2014Cuban music took the world by storm in the 1920s and 30s, and found a special welcome in Paris. Last month the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) offered a rousing program that interwove the concert hall, the nightclub, and the theater, with music by José White, Eliseo Grenet, Ernesto Lecuona, Luis Casas Romero, Alejandro García Caturla, Sindo Garay, and Miguel Matamoros. The show also featured songs by Moisés Simóns, including excerpts from his rarely performed 1934 operetta Toi C’est Moi. NYFOS director Steven Blier reviews the history of this music in his informative program notes.
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