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Sue Miller – Cuban Flute Improviser, Writer & Academic

Glossary of Cuban Music

Written for the British Flute Society Magazine – PAN: March 2003 Afro Cuban rhythm popular in the 1930s. Bolero A style of Cuban dance music in 4/4 time, which originated at the end of the 19th century in Santiago de Cuba. Originally performed by trova musicians on vocals, guitar bongos and rnaracas, the bolero style [...]

Interview with Melquiades Fundora

The following interview took place in Havana in 2001. SM: Interview: MF: My name is Melquiades Fundora Dina. I was born in Nueva Paz, a village just outside Havana, on 20 March 1926. My first teachers were my parents. My mother played the double bass and my father the trumpet. I learnt to read and [...]

Cuba’s Charanga Flute Style

The following article was written for the British Flute Society Magazine – PAN: March 2003. Some people confuse the Cuban style of music with Jazz. In fact, the Charanga is quite different. Sue Miller examines the Charanga flute styles of Richard Egües, Eduardo Rubio (both from Orquesta Aragón) and Melquiades Fundora (from Orquesta Sublime). You [...]

The Cuban Charanga

The Cuban Charanga by Sue Miller Written for the British Flute Society Journal PAN December 2000 edition The sweetest and most elegant of all Cuban dance music is made by groups called Charangas. The Charanga orchestra is made up of a flute (traditionally one made of wood with five keys, but the Boehm system flute [...]