I’m giving talks on Cuban music in London (2nd) and Cambridge (27th) this November – both are free and open to the public. The first on clave and improvisation is for LAMS (Latin American Music Seminars) at Senate House, London and the second is on the role of influence in the development of the Cuban flute style is at the University of Cambridge music department, West Road.
Wondered why it has been a bit quiet on the Charanga del Norte front? Well I was writing a book! It is available very soon from all good bookshops. You can pre-order copies at amazon.co.uk and amazon.com
Charanga del Norte will be back up and running in 2014
I have two entries on Cuban son and guajira in this excellent new book edited by David Horn. You can order a copy from Amazon and it will be out January 2014
Perceptions of authenticity in the performance of Cuban popular music in the United Kingdom: ‘Globalized incuriosity’ in the promotion and reception of uK-based Charanga del Norte’s music since 1998
Drawing on my own experiences both as a performer and researcher of Cuban music, this article challenges the essentialism inherent in much promotion of ‘Latin’ music in the United Kingdom today, illustrating how issues of ethnicity and gender affect perceptions of authenticity by means of a case study of Charanga del Norte, a UK-grown Cuban music dance band, over the last fifteen years.
I’m presenting a paper on clave feel in Latin improvisation at this conference.The conference will take place 2-4 July, 2013 and will include three distinguished keynote speakers:
Anne Danielsen (University of Oslo)
Walter Everett (University of Michigan)
Allan Moore (University of Surrey).
I’m attending IASPM next week – looking forward to speaking Spanish again!
This is my homage to Melquiades Fundora who died on 14 February 2009 I have played alongside him with La Sublime in Havana in 2006 and 2007 and this performance at the Cabaret Nacional in Havana on April 6th 2009 was a tribute to him as one of the founders of Orquesta Sublime in 1955. [...]
Latin Fiesta@The Academy, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road CB1 1PT
Brazilian Samba, Cuban Son and Salsa
Thursday 30 May 9pm til late
FREE GIG, SAMBA WORKSHOP, SALSA DANCE CLASS AND DJ
Charanga del Norte will be gigging again from 2014. Bookings for next year are now being taken (see contact details for enquiries).
STOP PRESS CHARANGA DEL NORTE BACK GIGGING IN 2013 Starting with a FREE LUNCHTIME gig at the Mumford Theatre, East Road in Cambridge. CHARANGA DEL NORTE Charanga del Norte perform at the Mumford Theatre on Friday 8 February @1pm 1.10 pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge Charanga del Norte Venue information form the following link: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/faculties/alss/deps/mpa/events/lunchtime_concerts.html#feb