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Sue Miller – Cuban Flute Improviser, Writer & Academic

BOOK LAUNCH 10 May LONDON SENATE HOUSE

book launch for Cuban Flute Style@
LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC SEMINAR
Saturday 10th May 2014

Room G22-26 (Ground Floor)
Senate House, Malet Street
London WC1E 2HU

A morning of presentations finishing with:

3.00pm Sue Miller (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge), BOOK LAUNCH: Cuban Flute Style: Interpretation and Improvisation (Scarecrow Press 2013).

3.45pm Tea followed by live music performed by Charanga del Norte (Cuban charanga music which forms the focus of Sue Miller’s book).

‘Globalized Incuriosity’ on the UK Latin and World Music Scenes

Perceptions of authenticity in the performance of Cuban popular music in the United Kingdom: ‘Globalized incuriosity’ in the promotion and reception of uK-based Charanga del Norte’s music since 1998

Drawing on my own experiences both as a performer and researcher of Cuban music, this article challenges the essentialism inherent in much promotion of ‘Latin’ music in the United Kingdom today, illustrating how issues of ethnicity and gender affect perceptions of authenticity by means of a case study of Charanga del Norte, a UK-grown Cuban music dance band, over the last fifteen years.

FREE Latin Fiesta in Cambridge this Thursday 30 May Anglia Ruskin University

Latin Fiesta@The Academy, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road CB1 1PT
Brazilian Samba, Cuban Son and Salsa
Thursday 30 May 9pm til late
FREE GIG, SAMBA WORKSHOP, SALSA DANCE CLASS AND DJ

Charanga del Norte gigs 2014

Charanga del Norte will be gigging again from 2014. Bookings for next year are now being taken (see contact details for enquiries).

Charanga del Norte gig 8 February Cambridge

STOP PRESS CHARANGA DEL NORTE BACK GIGGING IN 2013 Starting with a FREE LUNCHTIME gig at the Mumford Theatre, East Road in Cambridge.   CHARANGA DEL NORTE Charanga del Norte perform at the Mumford Theatre on Friday 8 February @1pm 1.10 pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge Charanga del Norte Venue information form the following link: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/faculties/alss/deps/mpa/events/lunchtime_concerts.html#feb

New York SOB Gig June 1st

Charanga Soleil invited me to play SOB’s After-Work Salsa Groove on Friday, June 1, 2012.

Performing were: Cathy Lopez and Goussy Celestin (lead vocals); Hadar Noiberg (flute, vocals, musical director); Lewis Kahn (violin, trombone); Junior Rivera (tres, vocals); William Ash (bass); Sergio Rivera (piano); John Berdeguer (percussion, vocals) and Diego Lopez (drums, timbales).

As an extra-special treat, the band was joined by the exceptional flutist SUE MILLER bandleader of Charanga del Norte out of Leeds, England!

Charanga del Norte gig 25 January Manchester, Instituto Cervantes

I’m giving a talk and then Charanga del Norte perform at Instituto Cervantes in Manchester on Wednesday 25 January 6.30pm. Check out their website for further details

Trombanga

In 2007 Sue Miller was invited to New York by Eddy Zervigón (the bandleader and flute player of Orquesta Broadway) to perform with him at the annual Mamoncillo Festival. Before taking to the stage Sue saw Eddy play with Manny Oquendo’s Conjunto Libre and was impressed by his soloing against a five-strong trombone section. Always a fan of Eddie Palmieri’s trombone and flute-led Salsa band ‘La Perfecta’ Sue decided to set up something similar here in the UK inspired by the two Eddys. The band features Cuban bass monster Ivan Pavon Martinez, the Peace Artist’s Vicki Beere and Casa Latina veterans on trombones plus musicians from the Charanga del Norte stable such as Ana-Luisa Muñoz del Valle on vocals, Simon Siddol on piano and rising young stars of the salsa scene Jack McCarthy on timbales and Helen Curtis on congas.

New Review of CD Look Back in Charanga

This is someone who knows her stuff and loves nothing more than a good descarga (jam session). She feels Cuban music in her blood, and the band behind her does some sterling work. That she’s the star is beyond doubt, and her freewheeling, spiralling improvisations are joyful to hear. Bonus points for coming from Leeds and the delightful wordplay in the title, but the meat is in the performance, which is as tasty as they come – within Cuba or outside.

Press Quotes

Latin music, but not as you may know it, this band are deliciously different and incredibly danceable
The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen