My Memories of Havana’s Mella Theatre

September 24, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Over the past 25 years, the Mella Theater in Havana has become my second home. Here, I have witnessed unique and once-in-a-lifetime moments in Cuban culture.

Women Make Inroads in Cuba’s Electronic Music Scene

September 4, 2016 | No Comments »

Even though it’s still not a common occurrence, recently, women have taken the stage in Cuba’s electronic music scene. While it is true that this area is dominated essentially by men, today, there are more than a few women interested in the world of music machines

Lizzy, a New Brand of Music in Cuba

August 15, 2016 | No Comments »

With a different style to that which is normally heard on the island, Lizzy and her band choose to sing in English, for a Cuban audience.

Synthesis and Identity in Cuban Music

August 5, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Born in Santiago de Cuba, young Andy Rubal Bello has had music running through his veins ever since he was a little boy. The most Caribbean city in Cuba has inevitably marked him with its history and traditions, where the voices of bohemian trovadores and great son singers mix into one melody.

In Cuba, Art is not a Sidedish or an Appetizer

July 20, 2016 | 1 Comment »

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 | 1 Comment »

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).