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Sue Miller – Cuban Flute Improviser, Writer & Academic

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Review in Ethnomusicology Forum Journal

Sue Miller’s monograph on Cuban flute style will be of interest to ethnomusicologists and flautists alike. It is a clearly written, highly musical book that serves as both a guide to performance practice and an academic text. Miller brings together performance as a research technique, interviews with musicians, lessons with renowned flautists, and detailed and extensive transcription and analysis of recordings to create a ‘musical archaeology’ (246) of creative processes, interpretation and improvisation in Cuban charanga flute performance.

Latin Improvisation Aesthetics in New York: SEM Panel Presentation

Sue’s panel at the Society for Ethnomusicology’s annual conference in Texas Austin takes place on 3 December at 4pm. Also on the panel are renowned scholars of Latin American music Professor David Garcia (University of North Carolina) and Dr Ben Lapidus (CUNY).
Panel Abstract: ‘Clave feel’ is often cited as one of the main elements of Afro-Cuban/salsa improvisation yet very little to date has been done to demonstrate this concept analytically. Building on research in this area by Christopher Washburne, Peter Manuel, David Garcia, Robin Moore, Lise Waxer, and Robert Farris Thompson, scholars of Latin improvisation consider how clave remains a point of tradition, pride, and practice for many performers of Afrocuban music in New York City. Brass, woodwind and piano clave-based improvisation styles are examined to demonstrate how clave feel can define both the artistry and identity of performers. Ethnographic research informs the musical analyses of solo improvisations from both recordings and live performances to demonstrate how clave sensibility permeates the artistic work of New York-based Latin soloists.

Son Yambu with Special Guest Sue Miller London 23 November 2015

Sue is performing Cuban music at a lecture by Katia Chornik to launch her new book: Alejo Carpentier: Blurring Genres (Monday 23rd November at 6.30. Instituto Cervantes, 102 Eaton Square, London SW1W 9AN). The event will include live Cuban music by Son Yambu (www.sonyambu.com) with special guest Sue Miller, and will be followed by drinks.
Reserve your seat at reservas.londres@cervantes.es

New Review of Cuban Flute Style by John Robert Brown in Jazz Journal

Cuban Flute Style is thus a contextualised, analytical study, arising from a combination of Miller’s lessons from Egües, her research in Havana and New York, her subsequent experiences as a charanga bandleader, and the completion of a Leeds University PhD undertaken to study the processes involved in learning the charanga style of improvisation.

Review of Cuban Flute Style by Bill McBirnie

Let me begin by saying that Sue Miller’s Cuban Flute Style is an extraordinarily comprehensive oeuvre, with respect to both the history and the technique of charanga flute playing. In addition, her book is realized with a broad as well as a thoughtful understanding of the entire tradition on which this style of music is based.

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).

OUT NOW Cuban Flute Style: Interpretation and Improvisation

My book Cuban Flute Style: Interpretation and Improvisation is now available from all good book stores!

Invited Talks on Cuban Music in London and Cambridge this November

I’m giving talks on Cuban music in London (2nd) and Cambridge (27th) this November – both are free and open to the public. The first on clave and improvisation is for LAMS (Latin American Music Seminars) at Senate House, London and the second is on the role of influence in the development of the Cuban flute style is at the University of Cambridge music department, West Road.

International Conference on Analysing Popular Music

I’m presenting a paper on clave feel in Latin improvisation at this conference.The conference will take place 2-4 July, 2013 and will include three distinguished keynote speakers:

Anne Danielsen (University of Oslo)
Walter Everett (University of Michigan)
Allan Moore (University of Surrey).

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).