Wednesday August 16, 2017

Music

Update: Peláez Coming to the Pérez, Fonseca Opens in Havana, González-Torres at Princeton

The CINTAS Foundation awards its fellowships, another curator “comes home” in Havana, Humberto Castro ponders the Caribbean, and Rosa Lowinger celebrates poured concrete and parkour in Miami. Curator Juan A. Martínez examines Cuban art and identity, Carlos Varela tours California, and an Absolut Art award goes to Coco Fusco.

Bebo Valdés: A Video Tribute

Three performances by the maestro of Cuban music, who died Friday at the age of 94

Habana Compás: Dancers, Drummers, Enchantresses

In 2004, five former professional dancers joined forces to create a new dance troupe: Habana Compás Dance. Combining flamenco, contemporary dance, and Afro-Cuban elements with wildly original percussion artistry, their high-energy performances captivate audiences on the island and abroad. (For the troupe in action, see the video at the end of the story.)
 

Holiday Video: The Nutcracker à la Cubana

For your holiday pleasure, here's a video by the Kringskastingsorkestret and Grupo Hovedoen Social Club of Oslo, Norway, performing a full orchestral arrangement of Tchaikovsky's beloved classic, followed by a quick salsa version of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Feliz Navidad y próspero Año Nuevo from all of us at Cuban Art News.

The Lucas Phenomenon, Part 3: 2012 Award Winners

Late last month, the Lucas Awards celebrated the island’s thriving, inventive music video scene in a weekend of concerts and presentations in Havana’s Karl Marx Theater. Here’s a quick round-up of the top clips, leading off with a quadruple winner.
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