Sue Miller – Cuban Flute Improviser, Writer & Academic

Look Back in Charanga – Press ReleaseMay 7th, 2010

Sue Miller and her Charanga del Norte


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Artist: Sue Miller and her Charanga del Norte

Album: Look Back in Charanga

Cat: CDN 00CD10

Release: 13 May 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Mambo
  2. El Bodeguero #1
  3. Richard Egües on the Danzón and the Chachachá
  4. El Bodeguero #2
  5. Lola Catula #1
  6. Melquiades Fundora on the Charanga
  7. Sabroso como el Guarapo
  8. Isora Club
  9. Lola Catula #2


13 MAY –  Seven Arts Centre, Leeds

30 JULY – Grimsby Townhall (Arts Festival)


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‘Look Back in Charanga’ is the sequel to ‘Our Mam in Havana’:

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Carrying on with the puns Look Back in Charanga pays homage to all the greats of Cuban popular music, in particular to the legendary Richard Egües from Orquesta Aragón.

Bandleader and charanga flute improviser Sue Miller studied flute improvisation with Richard Egües in Havana in 2000 and 2001 and has since worked with some of Cuba’s finest traditional charanga players. This recording pays homage to the great charanga flute players and musicians past and present who have developed the Danzón, Mambo, Chachachá and the Pachanga, namely: Richard Egües, Israel López ‘Cachao’, Antonio Arcaño, Belisario López, José Fajardo, Melquiades Fundora, Pancho Bravo, Johnny Pacheco, Eddy Zervigon, Eduardo Rubio, Nestor Torres and Joaquín Oliveros.

The Band:

Flute and Vocals: Sue Miller;

Viola: Nick Williams

Violins: Jon Lindh, Sharleen Samuels and  Katarzyna Chruscicka

Cello: Andy Wardale

Piano: Simon Siddol and Mark Donlon

Bass: Ruth Bitelli

Timbales: Matty Shallcross

Güiro: Y Josephine

Congas and Extra Percussion: Jack McCarthy

“Leeds-based Charanga del Norte were an ensemble of Latin-loving northerners that included a cellist from the Liverpool Philharmonic. Their blend of European classical music and African rhythms sparkled in the afternoon sunshine, buoyed by founder Sue Miller’s ubiquitous flute.”

Jane Cornwell, Evening Standard – on Charanga del Norte’s concert with Orquesta Aragón in Victoria Park,  London, 21 June 2009