Saturday, April 22, 2017

Cuban Adventure with American Music Students

Spring break 2017, I traveled to Cuba to experience the culture including art, food, music and dance. The 10 students ranged in age from 14 to 18 and were not a part of the same performing ensemble but were all music students with an interest in travel. Although we were primarily listeners, I did bring a cornet so I could play during downtime and interact with the cuban musicians I met which were many. There was live music at nearly every meal and I got the chance to play every day.

Here's a slide show of many of the events including photos taken by me:

Here is a list of some of the interesting Cultural Social Projects we visited.  Many of these are supported by the Cuban Ministry of Culture.

April 3, 2017

April 4

Canon Ceremony - recreation of 400 year old tradition when canons announced the closing of the walls of Havana warning inhabitants to stay inside their homes - 

April 5
Las Terrazas Community - Unesco Site -

San Juan River - San Juan by the River 

April 6
Korimakao Community Project - founded by Manuel Porto - art, music and dance school for people over age 18

Playa Giron Museum - Bay of Pigs invasion 

Zapata Swamp Natural Reserve and Las Salinas Wildlife Sanctuary 

April 7
Beny More Art School 

Santander Pottery Ceramics Studio

April 8
Botanical Garden Tour - founded by Edward Arkin

Cienfuegos String Orchestra