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Concert Reviews

Janio Abreu is a musician whose principal instruments comprise an extended family of august woodwinds and reeds – the saxophones and clarinets, to be exact. He plays with a nobility that can only come from technical mastery, born of vaunted learning and rigorous practice, and although his music suggests creation at the confluence of the classical and the popular song-form influenced no doubt by traditional secular forms.

Book Reviews

In his second and most ambitious book to date, the Grammy-nominated musician, professor, educator, author Benjamin Lapidus makes a compelling case for how New York-based musicians of all persuasions shaped the sound of Latin music. In brief, New York and the International Sound of Latin Music is a comprehensive assessment of New York as the capital of Latin music from 1940 to 1990, as told by an active participant, astute observer, and deep thinker.

Interviews

Héctor Manuel Quintana Ferreiro [1989] is a guitarist, arranger, composer and teacher, graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte [ISA] of Cuba in 2014. He has collaborated and shared the stage with international groups and artists: Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Mark Whitfield, Omara Portuondo... He has participated in festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz Plaza, Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince [Papjazz], JoJazz...

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Alejandro Falcón began his piano studies at the Matanzas School of Music, he is one of the best Cuban pianists and composers of his generation. He is already considered a promise of Cuban music and a worthy replacement for his predecessors, such as Bebo and Chucho Valdés, Emiliano Salvador and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, among many other great Cuban musicians.

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