Wednesday December 13, 2017

Music

"Havana Havana!" Opens Doors to International Music Scene

You can go home again, as four well-traveled singer-composers—Raúl Paz, Descemer Bueno, Kelvis Ochoa, and David Torrens—deftly demonstrate in the film Havana, Havana!. The documentary by David Grubin has its U.S. TV premiere this Friday, July 27, on the PBS television network.

Descemer Bueno: Creating an Urban Latin Sound

Descermer Bueno—writes music critic Joaquín Borges Triana—is one of Cuba’s best examples of ajiaco, or fusion music. He sings in the hope of creating bridges of communication and understanding among Cubans, wherever they are.

Documentary Focus: On Screen at HFFNY

Feature films usually grab the spotlight at festivals. But this year’s Havana Film Festival New York is showcasing an exceptionally rich selection of documentary films about Cuban life and culture, all made within the past two years. Documentary film expert Nadine Covert surveys the top picks, including films screening today, tonight, and tomorrow.

Update: Cuban Art in Texas, Humberto Castro in Paris, and More on the Bienal

The Blanton Museum explores the emergence of contemporary Cuban art, Humberto Castro’s dreamlike imagery surfaces in Paris, Manuel Mendive’s garabatos grace a gallery in Tenerife, a U.S./Cuba/U.K. coproduction premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival, and a Bienal exhibition gets a website of its own.

DJ Saul: "There will be an explosion of Cuban electronic music in the world"

Saul Diaz (b. Miami, 1980) had never visited Cuba. For him, it was a "pending subject." But now, the island was a “hole" that it was time to fill.
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