My Life in Cuban Music and Culture
Wednesday, April 16, 200811:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Schoenberg Music Building
Room 1100 (Schoenberg Auditorium)
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Pablo Menéndez is a renowned musician, vocalist, and leader of the well-known Cuban band "Mezcla." He is featured on many recordings (4 of his own, 11 with Mezcla, and many collaborations with other artists) and has toured in many countries.
Mr. Menendez left Oakland and moved to Cuba in 1966, where he made a career as a musician. One of the very few musicians able to come the United States in recent years, he will talk about his life in Cuban music, about the music itself and its practitioners. He will illustrate his talk with recordings and live performance. "Menendez arrived in Havana in 1966, a 14-year old accompanying his mother the blues singer Barbara Dane on guitar. They had already performed at New York's Café Au Go Go as part of a triple bill with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the Chambers Brothers. Mr. Menendez is making one of his rare trips to the United States in order to perform with his mother at the Ash Grove 50th Festival, three days of free events sponsored by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Ethnomusicology Department to be held in Schoenberg Music Building April 18-20 (www.ashgrovemusic.com/pages/UCLA_event.htm).
Cost : Free and open to the public
Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Ethnomusicology