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Sue Miller – Cuban Flute Improviser, Writer & Academic

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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.

New on-stream track Lola Catula

Check out the new track Lola Catula #2 on the recordings page – just added today!

Next Leeds Gig Charanga del Norte Thursday 13 May

A rare chance to catch Charanga del Norte playing in Leeds! We launch our new CD ‘Look Back in Charanga’ at ‘Seven’ on Thursday 13 May, performing music from both our recent albums ‘Our Mam in Havana’ and ‘Look Back in Charanga’ and also featuring a number for flute and dance solo where Guillermo matches his steps to my flute inspiraciones…tickets from Seven and Jumbo Records

Richard Egües performing in the 1970s

A Tribute to Eddie Palmieri and La Perfecta Leeds gig 5 February

Rumberos Presents A Tribute To Eddie Palmieri & La Perfecta! Friday 5th February 2010 @ The Wardrobe, St Peter’s Square, Leeds LS9 8AH 09.30am until 02.30am – £8/£6 NUS Featuring the Rumberos Allstars live onstage! Salsa dance class with Miss Nicky LG (The Salsaholics) DJs Lubi, Fabio Bahia & Silvao aka La Combinacion Perfecta DJs! [...]

Guesting with Orquesta Barbarito Diez

In 2006 I guested with Orquesta Barbarito Diez in Bejucal near Havana which was a lovely gig with a sweet rhythm section which included the grandson of Orestes Varona, the timbale player from Orquesta Aragón. On piano a very classy lady called Obdulia , Francisco ‘Panchito’ on bass and Jeronomito Barbón on congas  and a [...]

Charanga del Norte Paradise Gardens June 2009

We played an hour’s set before Changui de Gunatanamo and Orquesta  Aragón on June 21 2009, booked by the Barbican for the Cuba50 events

The Danzon Festival in Havana 2009

At the International Danzón Festival I performed with Charanga Orquestas ‘Estrellas Cubanas’, ‘Orquesta Sublime’ and ‘Charanga de Oro’ and gave a lecture in Spanish at the conference on my research and my band Charanga del Norte (the UK’s only Charanga Orquesta). I was featured on Cuban television and radio as something of a novelty – [...]

My Lecture in Havana

I gave a lecture at the international Danzón conference in Havana in April 2009 where I demonstrated how I learnt the Cuban flute style of improvisation from renowned Cuban flute players such as Richard Egües, Polo Tamayo and Melquiades Fundora.

My PhD at the University of Leeds

I am currently undertaking a PhD part-time at the University of Leeds, UK, where I combine my practical work as a performer with more traditional research methods. In addition to a written thesis my work  involves recording in the studio and live at concerts,  where analysis, commentary and transcription of flute improvisations link in to [...]