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Sue Miller – Cuban Flute Improviser, Writer & Academic

Free Workshop on Latin Music in York Monday 30 May

Members of Charanga del Norte Sue Miller (bandleader and flute), Nick Willimas (violin) and Matty Shallcross (percussion) are giving a free Latin music Workshop for Streetlife on Coney Street York Monday 30 May at 2pm. The workshop is free and you only need to register online here https://streetlifeyork.uk/events/latin-music-workshop-day-instrumentalists-vocalists-percussionists

Charanga del Norte Gig 10 June at the Wardrobe Leeds

Leeds/UK salsa/Cuban/Latin music pioneer DJ and promoter Lubi Jovanovic celebrates 40 years working in music this year (1982-2022). He’s throwing a few special parties in Leeds to celebrate this landmark including a big live Cuban/salsa/Latin jazz event at The Wardrobe on Friday 10th June. The venue has been the centre of Lubi’s live Latin music shows for over 2 decades now, ever since he brought his legendary ’90s night Casa Latina here in 1999. This gig will also be in the fringe program for inaugural Leeds Jazz Festival which is happening across the city from 1st-12th June.

There are two bands playing. One he has worked with since 1999 (Charanga Del Norte) and one which is a brand new band of musicians studying at Leeds Conservatoire today (Rumberos De Palo). A hot night of Cuban music and rhythms, New York pachanga sounds and smoking Latin jazz. Definitely the live Latin music show of the summer in Leeds.

LATIN MUSIC WORKSHOP DAY 24 APRIL MUSIC HOUSE LEEDS

The workshop is directed by Professor Sue Miller, bandleader and founder of Charanga del Norte since 1998 assisted by pianist and percussion tutor Helen Curtis. The workshop explores a variety of Latin/Cuban music popular styles through a mixture of workshops, sectionals and ensemble catering for brass, strings, guitar, woodwind, percussion, vocals, piano, and bass. In these workshops participants will be exploring the feeling of groove, clave feel, and Latin clave-based improvisation within an ensemble context.

Charanga del Norte Reviewed in Songlines Magazine

“With its gorgeous retro cover art and deliberate golden age smarts Pachanga Time feels like a crate-digger’s rare find… it ‘manages to bottle the fun and liveliness of a genre with tongue-in-cheek flare.” Jane Cornwell.

A Musico-Choreographic Analysis of a Cuban Dance Routine – Animation Demonstrations

This practice research by Prof. Sue Miller, Guillermo Davis and Dr Sarah Bowen is based on the analysis of a live performance on Cuban television of ‘Los Problemas de Atilana’ by Orquesta Aragón in the early 1960s, where musical gestures are shown to be embodied in the flute and dance solo ‘duet’ performed by Cuban flautist Richard Egües and dancer Rafael Bacallao. Through re-performance and re-presentation in the form of a recording and short animations, the many meanings embodied in the original performance are examined through analytical text, musical notation, visuals, recordings and animation film. The article will be published soon in the British Forum for Ethnomusicology Journal and below are some of the animations made to go with this article. Animations are by Cuban dancer-animator Guillermo Davis and the music is recorded by Sue Miller (flute) and her band Charanga del Norte.

Charanga del Norte’s new album Pachanga Time features on Spanish Radio

Kiko Helguera of Radio 3 de España features Charanga del Norte’s new track ‘Mack the Knife’ from their new album Pachanga Time.

Charanga del Norte’s music aired on Global Soul Radio

DJ Irfan Rainy features Charanga del Norte’s new track ‘Bronx Pachanga’ from their new album Pachanga Time on his global Soul radio.

Si Cheeba feature new Charanga del Norte release on his Ship Full of Bombs Radio Show 4 September 2020

Si Cheeba aka Simon Fane features the new Charanga del Norte release ‘Pachanga Time’ on his Ship Full of Bombs Radio Show on 4 September 2020.

Charanga del Norte featured on Global Village Radio

With Hispanic Heritage Month underway later in September, Global Village highlights new Latin jazz from JOSE RIZO’S MONGORAMA, the UK’s Charanga del Norte, the John Santos and The John Santos Sextet; and contemporary sounds from the multi-national Ladama lineup, the reunited Los Mocosos, and the first Spanish-language album from the The Mavericks

UK Charanga Showcased by DJ and Latin Music historian John Child on 31 August on Aracataca Show.

A third feature of Charanga del Norte’s new album Pachanga Time on Aracataca radio by John Child highlighting the talent of Charanga del Norte’s pianist Kim Burton.