This Pick of the Week edition is dedicated to commemorating National Hispanic Heritage Month. This celebration traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. We hope you enjoy it!
The formation of Changüí Majadero was the result of tres guitarist and vocalist Gabriel García's pivotal pilgrimage to the Guantanamo region of Cuba. There he learned the changüí from living masters of the style and was inspired to spread the spirit of Cuban folkloric music, mixed with a dash of East Los Angeles grit. Changüí is the predecessor of son Cubano and salsa, a music style specifically from Guantanamo, Cuba. Its origins can be traced back to the 1800s, during the days of slavery in Cuba. Changüí is to Cuba and Latin America what the blues and early jazz is to American music. Changüí Majadero has played their modern take on changüí in such disparate settings such as Lincoln Center, SF Jazz, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and Dodger Stadium.
A conversation about Cuban music in the American diaspora with pianist Adonis González, bassist Yunior Terry, and saxophonist Yosvany Terry. These highly acclaimed performers discussed their musical education in Cuba and the United States, the African, classical, and jazz influences in their compositions, and their role as music professors. Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Cultural Society.