Music + Performing Arts

Tiempo Libre: Cuban Timba Hits New York

Last week, the music group Tiempo Libre swept into heat-struck Lower Manhattan, pushing the temperature even higher with two sizzling concerts. Jorge Gomez, musical director and pianist for Tiempo Libre, talked to Cuban Art News about the group’s current tour, its musical influences, and its next CD.

Olga Guillot, Queen of Boleros

Known as the queen of the bolero, Cuban singer Olga Guillot died in Miami last month. Cuban poet Sigfredo Ariel, a great music lover, graciously shared with Cuban Art News his reflections on Guillot´s life and work.

Alicia Alonso, ‘Prima Ballerina Assoluta,’ Celebrated in Special Exhibition

Alicia Alonso Dances Here Tonight, an exhibition of 30 artworks inspired by the legendary ballerina, opened June 3 at Magnan Metz Gallery in New York’s Chelsea art district.The opening coincided with the American Ballet Theater’s 90th-birthday salute to Alonso, which took place that evening.

Silvio Rodríguez to Perform at Carnegie Hall in June

Three decades after his last U.S. concert, Cuban composer and singer Silvio Rodríguez, one of the icons of the “Nueva Trova” movement, will play New York’s Carnegie Hall on June 4. The Cuban singer is also slated to perform in other U.S. cities.

Cuban Music After “Buena Vista:” Extreme Rock Turns Up the Volume

Cuban-based music seems to be divided into two phases: before and after the Buena Vista Social Club. But other musical genres, brewed in the garages of Havana and in provinces across the island, are claiming their space on the Internet.