Cuban Rhythms: Special Thalia Docs Edition
Part of the Havana Film Festival New York
PROGRAM 3 (80 min.)
Como quiera canto yo
1979. Luis Felipe Bernaza. B&W/Color. 21 minutes. Featuring Cuban musicians.
A rich panorama of Cuban music in which some of the most outstanding Cuban musicians journey through a variety of rhythms and melodies of Cuban pop music.
1988. Humberto Solás. Color. 11 minutes. Featuring Grupo Síntesis.
Grupo Síntesis recreates Yoruba music— a fundamental part of Cuba’s cultural heritage— merging it with the sonority of northern rock. The result is a new explosion of a rhythmic and contagious character called danzario.
Son de almendra
1983. Santiago Villafuerte. Color. 9 minutes. Featuring Sonia Calero and Andrew Williams.
To the beat of Abelardo Valdés’ danzon, “Almendra”, interpreted by the group Irakere, the dancers Sonia Calero and Andrew Williams perform dance movements aided by a dancing bar and choreography by Alberto Alonso.
1966. José Limeres. B&W. Featuring Los Zafiros.
A musical of Los Zafiros (The Sapphires), a Cuban vocal group that was part of the filin movement, inspired by American bands. Their music was a fusion of Cuban genres, such as bolero, son with R&B, Bossa Nova and rock expressed in songs such as “Y sabes bien“, “Mi oración“ y “Rumba como quieras“.
1975. José Limeres. Color. 30 minutes. Featuring Victor de Cuellar.
A fascinating selection of scenes from the show "Panorama de la música y la danza cubanas” (Overview of the Cuban music and dance), of the collective Danza Nacional de Cuba (National Dance of Cuba), with choreography by Victor de Cuellar. This work is a combination of the most diverse musical expressions and Cuban performers, translated in the vocabulary of modern dance by the choreographer Victor de Cuellar.