In Cuba, Art is not a Sidedish or an Appetizer

July 20, 2016 | No Comments »

Interview with Oakland Symphonic Youth Orchestra’s principal conductor Omid Zoufonoun, at the close of a ten-day tour in Cuba with performances in Santa Clara, Cienfuegos and Havana.

The Oakland Youth Symphony Orchestra Bids Farewell to Cuba

July 19, 2016 | 1 Comment »

With a beautiful, applauded … and little promoted concert at the Covarrubias Hall of the National Theater of Cuba, the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra performed their finale on July 16th.

La Vieja Escuela: From Doing Covers to Recording their First Album

July 15, 2016 | No Comments »

The Cuban rock band, La Vieja Escuela (The old school), which according to Roberto, Anima Mundi’s lead guitarist, has a clean, balanced sound, like you were listening to a well-made CD.

Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra Departs for Cuba

July 8, 2016 | 1 Comment »

The Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra departed on its 11 day Cuba Tour earlier this week. The 57 youth orchestra members will give concerts in Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, and Havana.

A Cuban Cellist with a Great Future

July 5, 2016 | 4 comments

Cesar Diario Rodriguez has strong convictions about his responsibility as an artist to make decent music, and with his talent, he’s on the road to a having a very successful career. “I’m 20 years old, although I began studying the cello at beginner’s level when I was eight and I’ve never stopped my studies.”

Five Day Cuban Trova (Folk) Revival

June 28, 2016 | 1 Comment »

The first Gathering of Trovadores in Havana will take place at El Sauce. An initiative created by singer-songwriter Frank Delgado it honors the memory of Noel Nicola (1946-2005) and Santiago Feliu (1962-2014).

Pepe Gavilondo: “What More Could I Ask for Than to Compose Ballets”

June 20, 2016 | No Comments »

“My mother has been a very important person in my life because I grew up watching ballerinas and going to ballet performances. Even though I never step onto the stage, I also have this art form in my blood,” claims the young composer and pianist Pepe Gavilondo.

Bon Jovi Visits Havana, Cuba

June 19, 2016 | 12 comments

US rocker Jon Bon Jovi is visiting Cuba, adding to the list of celebrities wanting to get to know the island after the thaw with the United States.

Zule Guerra wants to be “a Prophet in Her Own Land”

June 15, 2016 | 1 Comment »

I first met Zule Guerra on one of my random trips to Havana’s Fabrica de Arte Cubano. The first thing that went through my mind whilst I was listening to her music was that I wanted to interview her.

A Month of Talented Young Pianists in Cuba

June 5, 2016 | 2 comments

Young pianists will display their bravura on the stages set up for the 4th Young Pianists Festival, which will take place in Havana from June 2-26, under the artistic direction of Salomon Gadles Mikowsky.(14 fotos)