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Group exhibition embraces art

Group exhibition embraces art

Creators from the Saíz Brothers Association (AHS) and...

El patio de mi casa: Cienfuegos' song to Cuban culture

El patio de mi casa: Cienfuegos' song to Cuban culture

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"Los Elementos", National Prize for Community Culture 2021: Filled with Pleasure

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  • Group exhibition embraces art

    Group exhibition embraces art

  • El patio de mi casa: Cienfuegos' song to Cuban culture

    El patio de mi casa: Cienfuegos' song to Cuban...

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Alexander Abreu: between seduction and fear of performing

Alexander Abreu: between seduction and fear of performing

Although he is better known for his musical works, Alexander Abreu Manresa (Cienfuegos, September 6, 1976) has shown on many occasions that he is one of those interpreters capable of invigorating (always in a plane of frankness and even self-representation) his tasks as a singer and trumpet player through acting resources. It is probable that the origins of this latent sensitivity can be traced back to his childhood, in the warmth of Rosa Campos (Tía Rosa) and some musical productions, such as Los Trocacuentos, in which he takes on several characters in a macro-story based on ambiguities and scenic games. The choral text, which was published as a result of a "Cubadisco", allows us to recognize his ability to unfold and assume the trance of characterization.

His history as a musician is well known. He studied at the southern conservatory, and in 1994 he graduated from the National School of Art, the preamble to an intense career as an artist and pedagogue; next, he became a professor of trumpet at the National School of Art and for four years at the RMC Conservatory in Copenhagen (Denmark). In 2007 he returned to Cuba and created the acclaimed Havana D' Primera. As a Cuban artist, he is one of the artists with the largest record of recordings in the island and other countries of the world. Around that time, he debuts in the docudrama Amor crónico (2010), under the orders of Jorge Perugorría, playing himself. This is the first sign in the cinema, where he reveals, once again, the pleasure he feels in front of the cameras and a certain propensity to reformulate himself.

                                    Alexander Abreu in the short film Jam Session.

Then, despite many misgivings, he accepts one of the most complex projects of his artistic work, the story Jam Session, second short of the feature film 7 days in Havana, directed by Argentine filmmaker Pablo Trapero, the creator of Mundo grúa (1999), El Bonaerense (2002) and the drama Elefante blanco (2012). He is actually surprised when he is offered the character of Fahrer, the talented trumpet player who survives as a cab driver in Jam Sessión. Apparently, his "fifth-rate" English was keeping him away from the character, who was supposed to speak that language perfectly. However, with a learned script, "between Spanglish and improvisation", he captivates Trapero, who modifies the script to give him the role and include him in the project.

Jam.... is a short film with the spirit of Woody Allen and one of the best stories of 7 días..., whose attractions include the presence of filmmaker Emir Kusturica as the alcoholic virtuoso who attends his tribute at the Havana Film Festival. Abreu plays the chauffeur and musician who accompanies him as a sort of protector during his stay at the Hotel Nacional. The characterization is tamed by verismo, managing to convince as the father of the family who plays the trumpet during his breaks. Trapero underlines his potential when he makes him play a melody called Razones de sobra, which captivates Kusturica, the character, to the point of offering him his help to record an album in Europe. The scene in which they both rest in front of the sea, waiting for the sunrise, confirms the histrionic sensitivity of the musician from Cienfuegos.

Precisely, who is one of the best trumpet players on the island, has confessed that the most daring thing he has done is to act in movies. Those histrionic pulses can also be seen in many of his video clips, as in the opening of the video clip Es tu mirada (2015), directed by Yeandro Tamayo, in which he assists Leoni Torres and Kelvis Ochoa, and Tres días (2019), by Joseph Ross, which is part of the album Cantor del pueblo... and recreates the love story between a dark-haired artist (Abreu himself) and a young Asian girl. The musician effectively characterizes a character marked by flirtatiousness, whose courtship is strongly opposed.

Will he return to act again in an audiovisual? It would not be a surprise for those of us who have enjoyed his short-lived forays. Clearly, acting seduces her, even if it gives her some trepidation.
                                        Hombre enamorado, the most recent song by Abreu and Luis Franco.


Maestro de Juventudes Award to be granted to outstanding Cuban creators

Maestro de Juventudes Award to be granted to outstanding Cuban creators

Seven outstanding exponents of Cuban culture received the Maestro de Juventudes award given by the Hermanos Saíz Association (AHS), immersed in the celebrations for its 35th birthday.

The award, which  took place at the National Library of Cuba, and honored writer and National Film Award winner Senel Paz, theater researcher Vivian Martínez and choreographer and dancer Miguel Iglesias.

The list of award winners were completed by cultural critic Manuel López, the director of the Guerrilla de teatreros en Granma, René Reyes, historian Luis A. Figueroa and musician Bobby Carcassés.

According to Yasel Toledo, vice-president of the AHS, every year the list of proposals from all provinces of the country to receive this recognition grows, which increases the complexity to select a limited number because there are many who deserve it.

According to him, the current call was a challenge, but it brought joy both for those who choose and for those designated, since the chosen intellectuals expressed their gratitude and pride for joining the list of winners of the young artistic avant-garde.

Toledo referred to the gratitude expressed by Reyes when he learned the news through a telephone exchange, which showed the values and humility of a man dedicated to bringing the art of the stage to the intricate communities of the Sierra Maestra.

He also reiterated the importance for the guild to honor these renowned intellectuals, as it is a sign of the link and constant feedback of the entity with their works and a way to thank them for their work in the development of letters, art and Cuban culture in general.

During the event, new members and honorary members of the collective were inducted, the organization's scholarships and awards were presented, as well as the 35th anniversary seal and literary and audiovisual presentations.

On its 35th anniversary, the AHS remains committed to the slogan of its promotional campaign QuedArte Joven Ahora y Siempre, a phrase that evokes the words of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, in a meeting with members of the organization's National Council in 1988.

At that time Fidel said that the genesis of such an organization was justified now and forever, and under such designs the group seeks to integrate and become vital for Cuban culture and society, Toledo assured.

The celebrations of the Association coincide with the activities on the island for the Cuban Culture Day, next October 20, a date that marks a tour of the creators by hospital centers to give music, literature and soothe the soul of the sick and their companions.

(Taken from Cubasí)

English version Hector Hdez

Joel Zamora in Ciutat Flamenco Barcelona 2021

Joel Zamora in Ciutat Flamenco Barcelona 2021

Joel Zamora has been chosen to participate as a speaker at the III Congress of Flamencology and Flamenco Pedagogy Ciutat Flamenco Barcelona, a prestigious event organized by the Taller de Músics of this Catalan city, which has a scientific committee of professors from different universities and conservatories in Spain. The congress will take place at the Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc in Barcelona, on October 23rd of this year.


    III Congress of Flamencology and Flamenco Pedagogy 23 October | Free activityCercle Artístic Sant Lluc Streamed on YouTube Flamenco is not only played, sung and danced, it is also researched, written and taught.  The III International Congress of Flamencology and Flamenco Pedagogy has created a space where researchers and teachers can ... Continue readingIII Congreso CiutatFlamenco
English version Hector Hdez.

Taken from Joel Zamora Flamenco in Cuba.

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