Sue Miller – Cuban Flute Improviser, Writer & Academic

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 […]

Glossary of Cuban Music

Written for the British Flute Society Magazine – PAN: March 2003 Afro Cuban rhythm popular in the 1930s. Bolero A style of Cuban dance music in 4/4 time, which originated at the end of the 19th century in Santiago de Cuba. Originally performed by trova musicians on vocals, guitar bongos and rnaracas, the bolero style […]

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 […]