Herbie Hancock and Chucho Valdes Together in Cuba on April 30th

April 9, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Katherine Muller-Marin, the Director of the Unesco Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, recently stated that the celebration of the 6th edition of International Jazz Day on April 30th, will be a unique opportunity for Cuba to show what we do here and the quality of our musicians.

Medieval Music Returns to Havana

April 9, 2017 | No Comments »

Medieval music will once again fill some of Havana’s streets from April 24th to 27th. Concerts will be played by the Ensemble Vocal Luna, Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine and Lauda, the event’s host ensemble.

The Controversy Surrounding Danay Suarez at the 2017 Vina del Mar Festival

March 6, 2017 | 1 Comment »

The controversy surrounding Danay Suarez’s participation in the 2017 Vina del Mar International Song Festival, doesn’t stop. Here are things I consider deserve to be recognized in a positive and negative light.

Chucho Valdes wins Grammy for his Tribute to Irakere

February 14, 2017 | 1 Comment »

The award-winning Cuban pianist and composer Jesus “Chucho” Valdes was given a Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album on Sunday with his album “Tribute to Irakere: Live In Marciac”, a tribute to the group he founded 44 years ago.

Bagpipes in Cuba: An Afternoon with a Different Sound

January 6, 2017 | No Comments »

Every Friday, on my way to the National Bus Station from my workplace, I usually wait for something to surprise me, as the journey is always monotonous and boring. Today I could hear a different sound from a distance, which my ear couldn’t make out: it was less powerful than a clarinet and sweeter.

A Chance for Young Cuban Jazz Musicians to Show Their Stuff

November 25, 2016 | No Comments »

A young man smiles on stage while he plays the drums in a quintet which still doesn’t have a name. They are students from the National Arts School (ENA) and they are taking part in the small band category. We spoke to Ariel Juan Desvernines Arias about his presence at the JoJazz competition.

Placido Domingo Ready to Sing for Cuba

November 22, 2016 | No Comments »

With interest in the concert expected to far exceed seating capacity, the Ministry of Culture and the Performing Arts Council plan to locate several large screens outside the theater to project the concert live.

Playing Jazz from the Heart

November 20, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Carlos Javier Alcantara Diaz is only 18 years old and has already found a love that will last him a lifetime: music. After listening to these kids play jazz standards and improvising, you become hopeful.

Castro Likes Rock and his Home Country

November 15, 2016 | No Comments »

Athanay Castro, the well-known Cuban singer-songwriter, who was based in Spain for many years, known as the white rapper, is returning to his country to continue his musical project.

Arsenio Pena, a One-Man Band in Old Havana

November 8, 2016 | No Comments »

Every afternoon, this Guarachero (a type of Cuban music) par excellence, in life and in music, can be heard on Obispo street, the main street where tourists and Cubans go into Old Havana. People around him went into a frenzy when he sang one of his improvised choruses: “You have to make sure you don’t get Dengue, Chikungunya and many other things.”