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Sue Miller – Cuban Flute Improviser, Writer & Academic

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Richard Egües performing in the 1970s

Guesting with Orquesta Barbarito Diez

In 2006 I guested with Orquesta Barbarito Diez in Bejucal near Havana which was a lovely gig with a sweet rhythm section which included the grandson of Orestes Varona, the timbale player from Orquesta Aragón. On piano a very classy lady called Obdulia , Francisco ‘Panchito’ on bass and Jeronomito Barbón on congas  and a [...]

The Danzon Festival in Havana 2009

At the International Danzón Festival I performed with Charanga Orquestas ‘Estrellas Cubanas’, ‘Orquesta Sublime’ and ‘Charanga de Oro’ and gave a lecture in Spanish at the conference on my research and my band Charanga del Norte (the UK’s only Charanga Orquesta). I was featured on Cuban television and radio as something of a novelty – [...]

RR con RR Cigarro – Charanga de Oro

Polo Tamayo plays the famous Mambru quote and tongue twister rr con rr cigarro, rr con rr barril, rapido corren los carros, cargando de azucar del ferrocarril on El Bodeguero as played by Charanga de Oro led by Jose Loyola. Enrique Lazaga is on güiro, Pancho Terry on violin and Jorge Machado on bass. This [...]

Reviews of Cuban Music on www.gondwanasound.co.uk

Recent CD Reviews of Cuban and Salsa music by Sue Miller are available on www.gondwanasound.co.uk :

Review of The Rough Guide to Cuban Music

Review of Amadito Valdes Bajando Gervasio

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)

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 [...]

Amadito Valdes and his Band CD Review

Amadito Valdes Bajando Gervasio Sue Miller reviews Bajando Gervasio, showcasing the talents of Buena Vista Social Club timbale player Amadito Valdes. ‘Bajando Gervasio’ features inventive arrangements and a feast of beautiful solos set against a backdrop of elegant clarity from a tight and ‘timbre-ful’ percussion section…. The timbale player Amadito Valdes, the unsung hero of [...]

The Charanga Flute Players of Cuba

Article written for the British Flute Society Journal PAN on the Charanga Flute players of Cuba, focussing on the work of Richard Egües, Antonio Arcaño, José Fajardo, Eddie Zervigon, Joaquín Oliveros and Eduardo Rubio.