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British Academy Turning Points: Are older music technologies better at capturing ‘liveness’ in recordings? by Dr Sue Miller

Have contemporary technological changes in recording and the search for perfection been to the detriment of musical skills? Do today’s digital approaches create recordings that are too mechanical and lacking in the human touch? While older unedited recordings maintain their ‘liveness’ in the case of many Latin recordings of the mid-20th century, is it possible to go back to those days, now that digital layering and editing are part of the creative process? What is lost by removing the ‘imperfections’ of live performance in the mix?

The Charanga del Norte Cocktail

The Charanga del Norte cocktail
18:30-19:30, The digital dinner party Friday 19 June 2020

Join food historian and artist Tasha Marks for a unique taste of the British Academy Summer Showcase. Inspired by the work of three British Academy researchers, this cook-along and conversation is sure to be food for thought. The pairings start with a cocktail, influenced by Sue Miller’s work on Latin music. Do have fun making your own cocktail after Tasha’s demonstration and check out our new album ‘Pachanga Time’ to dance with too (released the same day) – shimmy around your back garden or living room to our music to literally raise your spirits – now you can listen and drink us at the same time!

Charanga del Norte LIVE Recording ‘Bronx Pachanga’

This is the first of several live music documentaries of Sue Miller and her Charanga del Norte made by Tim Blackwell and recorded on ribbon microphones by Paul Thompson and Barkley McKay. This forms part of a research project funded by the British Academy. Here is a live take of Sue’s arrangement of ‘Bronx Pachanga’ with a cheeky little Watusi middle.

Charanga del Norte Live

Here are some photos of Charanga del Norte performing live this summer. Photography by Simon Bartle.    

Charanga del Norte Gig 28 July Lawrence Batley Theatre

Book Tickets   To celebrate their 20th anniversary Charanga del Norte return to the Lawrence Batley Theatre on Sunday 28 July at 7pm Featuring an exciting line-up which includes the cream of the crop from the UK salsa scene: pianist Kim Burton (Sonido de Londres); bass player Ruth Bitelli (Candela); singer Guillermo Monroy (Merengada), and percussionist Andy […]

Experiments in Cuban Music, Dance and Animation June 6th 2019 Lawrence Batley Theatre 6.30pm

Cuban dancer-turned-animator Guillermo Davis, Dr Sarah Bowen (Head of Animation, northern Film School) and Dr Sue Miller, director of Charanga del Norte and Reader in Music at Leeds Beckett University discuss and present their collaborative projects in music, dance and animation film with screenings of animation shorts featuring music by Charanga del Norte (who will be performing live at Lawrence Batley Theatre on Sunday 28 July).

Films with music by Charanga del Norte include a world premier of Cyrilo’s Dance from the work in progress Atilana alongside the animation Charanga Time made to celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary in 2019. Other films by Guillermo Davis to be shown include The Little Rose Shoes based on a Cuban poem for children by Jose Marti and Grandad Go and Get the Bread!, an animation short about an old man who shuffles out to dance on Carnival day. Another film short When You Can Hear the River is an animation based on a devastating flood in Guillermo’s home town of Guantanamo.

Charanga del Norte + Animation Films from Cuban Guillermo Davis Sunday 5 May 3pm

Charanga del Norte perform after a film showing of dancer-animator Guillermo Davis’ animations this Sunday 5 May at Hyde Park cinema 3pm. Tickets on the door and from here: Hyde Park Picture House https://leedsinternationalfestival.com/event/charanga-del-norte-and-guillermo-davis/  

Leeds International Festival Events 5 & 6 May 2019 – Charanga del Norte + Animation Films by Guillermo Davis

Charanga del Norte and Guillermo Davis contribute 2 events to this year’s Leeds International Festival: Charanga del Norte at Leeds International Festival Events Tickets : LIF Website Sunday 5 May Charanga del Norte and Guillermo Davis: public talk, animation film screening accompanied by a semi-acoustic set from Charanga del Norte. Matinee performance 3pm Hyde Park Picture […]

Charanga Del Norte Live at the Lawrence Batley Theatre 28 July 2019

Charanga del Norte are performing at Lawrence Batley Theatre on 28 July 2019. Book tickets here: https://www.thelbt.org/shows/charanga-del-norte/

Charanga del Norte Live Performance in London 24th November

On Saturday 24 November 2018 Charanga del Norte will be performing at 3.45pm at the end of the Latin American Music Seminar day at Senate House, London, room G22. Book your place via Eventbrite. Live and Unplugged the band start their 20th anniversary events after a day of presentations on aspects of Latin American and Caribbean music.The band will be performing US-based Cuban dance music so expect plenty of pachanga and Latin Soul! Refreshments provided.