Monday June 18, 2018

Music

“¡Si Cuba!” Festival Heads West

New York’s “¡Si Cuba!” Festival is entering the final weeks of its three-month run, but its success has already inspired a West Coast offshoot. Kicking off earlier this month, “¡Si Cuba! SoCal” features three exhibitions, two film series, performances by the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and a concert by the Buena Vista Social Club orchestra with Omara Portuondo, among other events.

¡Sí Cuba! Comes to New York

Ben Rodríguez-Cubeñas of the Cuban Artists Fund and Rockefeller Brothers Fund is one of the principal organizers of ¡Sí Cuba!, the three-month festival of cultural events that kicks off at the end of this month. In a conversation with Cuban Art News, Rodríguez-Cubeñas talks about the festival, how it came about, and the events he’s most looking forward to.

Going Viral: “La Salsa es de Cuba”

More than 40 singers and musicians in Cuba, the U.S., and Canada join forces in an online production that vibrantly proclaims the island as the birthplace of salsa.

Arturo O’Farrill in Cuba: Bringing a Jazz Legend Home

Grammy-winning musician and composer Arturo O’Farrill, son of Cuban-born jazz master Chico O’Farrill, recently completed a week-long tour of Cuba with the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra—the fulfillment of a dream that began more than eight years ago. Here, Arturo talks about the high points of the trip, the work he composed for the occasion, and the debt that jazz owes to Cuban music.

Tiempo Libre Plugs into “My Secret Radio”

Blowing into New York City for last weekend’s Tiempo Libre concert, Jorge Gómez, the group’s pianist and musical director, offered Cuban Art News a sneak preview of their upcoming CD, My Secret Radio.
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