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Sue Miller – Cuban Flute Improviser, Writer & Academic

My PhD at the University of Leeds

I am currently undertaking a PhD part-time at the University of Leeds, UK, where I combine my practical work as a performer with more traditional research methods. In addition to a written thesis my work  involves recording in the studio and live at concerts,  where analysis, commentary and transcription of flute improvisations link in to [...]

Interview with Richard Egües

The following interview took place between Sue Miller and  Richard Egües, flautist from Orquesta Aragón at Richard’s home in Santo Suares,  Havana  in April 2000 SM: Where were you born and how did you begin your musical career? RE: I was born in a small village called Cruces, when it was part of the former [...]

Les enseignements musicaux en France Enquête à‘Abanico’

La vie musicale et les enseignements musicaux en France Les enseignements des musiques afro-cubaines à Paris : Etude de Cas : Enquête à l’école ‘Abanico’ à Paris  du 24 février au 8 mars 2003. (Leisure and Culture in Contemporary France module French department, University of Leeds Assessed Essay as part of my MA in Applied Translation) [...]

Guesting with Orquesta Broadway in New York

Eddy Zervigon rang me up after hearing my flute playing on the internet and invited me over to perform with him in Orquesta Broadway – here’s some video footage of the event

Interview with Buena Vista Social Club Star Amadito Valdes

The following interview took place in Betty’s Tea Rooms in Harrogate 9 May 2008 Sue Miller: Hola Amadito! Amadito Valdes: Hola Sue! Encantado! SM: Como esta? Esta bien? AV: Muy bien, muy bien SM: Bueno, quiero saber como es el publico para la música cubana de Buena Vista aqui en Inglaterra… Translation: How do the [...]

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 [...]