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Sue Miller – Cuban Flute Improviser, Writer & Academic

Expanding My Teaching at Yorkshire College of Music

Yorkshire College of Music is moving from its Headingley site to a more modern building opposite the university:

St Marks House, 1 St Marks Avenue, LS2 9BN

In addition to offering flute, saxophone and piano tuition (classical and jazz beginner to grade 8) I will be running some new courses in Cuban music and improvisation – do get in touch with me if you’d like individual or group tuition. I want to set up some small improvisation groups from beginner level upwards and also plan to run some weekend intensive courses in Cuban music there too – the first course is 2 and 3 October and has 8 places left.

Workshops and Courses in Cuban Music

NEW: A weekend intensive course on Cuban popular music early Autumn in Leeds plus a course in Cuba with Buena Vista Social Club and veteran son and charanga musicians later in the year – email Sue for more details.

My courses and workshops in Cuban music are arrangements-based catering for a big band line-up that also includes strings. I have written over 30 arrangements for brass, woodwind, piano, bass, percussion, strings and vocalists with the aim of teaching the Cuban styles of Son, Son Montuno, Danzón, Mambo, Chachachá, Bolero, Guajira and Pachanga through practical ‘hands on’ rehearsal and performance.

Cuban Music Big Band FREE concert Friday 12 March 6pm til 7pm Leeds University

I’ll be directing the Leeds University School of Music Cuban Music Big Band in a concert at Clothworkers Hall, Leeds University School of Music on Friday 12 March. Its  part of the  rush hour concert series  and  starts at 6pm – more info at  University of Leeds concerts Do come along and enjoy some Mambo, [...]

Teaching News

I am currently teaching Cuban music courses for undergraduates at the University of Leeds and flute, saxophone and piano at Yorkshire College of Music.

I will also be musical director of a course in traditional Cuban dance music in Havana in 2010 (alongside veteran Charanga and Son musicians) so do contact me via the contacts page if you’re interested in this .

The Cuban Music Big Band at Seven Arts Centre

The Cuban Big Band: Seven, Leeds – 12th July 2009 Sue Miller has brought a lot of joy to Leeds in her time with bands like Charanga Del Norte, and her latest featuring 20+ able musicians, The Cuban Big Band. Our friend Ana Luisa, from Chile, is one of the 4 singers and we try [...]

My Lecture in Havana

I gave a lecture at the international Danzón conference in Havana in April 2009 where I demonstrated how I learnt the Cuban flute style of improvisation from renowned Cuban flute players such as Richard Egües, Polo Tamayo and Melquiades Fundora.

My Transcription of a Solo by Richard Egües

Transcribing Charanga flute solos forms part of my PhD research into the Cuban flute style of improvisation. Here is a solo by Richard Egües from the album ‘Richard Egües Grandes Hits con la Orquesta Aragón’ (Egrem)