Learn About Cuban Music at Talk

April 2017 - Raúl Fernández, emeritus professor, UC Irvine, will give a talk titled “Cuban Music: Notes and Notables Since 1959” at 4 p.m. May 11 at UC Davis’ Olson Hall, Room 53A.

Fernández illustrates the ways in which these music genres have remained a living and transformative tradition in Cuba since the 1959 Revolution. Cuban musicians have developed popular music forms that have become classic while at the same time undergoing steady change. The bolero, the son, and the rumba are ageless styles that continue to evolve.

A native of Cuba, Fernández curated the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit “Latin Jazz: La Combinación Perfecta” and is author of the books From Afro-Cuban Rhythms to Latin Jazz and Ontología del Son y otros ensayos. He is secretary of the UC-CUBA Academic Initiative, a multi-campus research program on Cuban culture and taught at UC Irvine for 40 years.

The talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Department of Music Department and Hemispheric Institute of the Americas.