Washington, May 11 (Prensa Latina) The Miguel Failde Orchestra and the pianist Jorge Luis Pacheco performed in New York in the framework of an artistic festival from Cuba.
In order to interact with the community, the Cuban artists performed outside the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The institution will host, until June 3, the festival Artes de Cuba: From the Island to the World, with participation of more than 400 Cuban artists, and the combination of music, cinema, plastic arts, dance, fashion and other cultural expressions.
At one of the establishments of the Busboys and Poets chain, which combines restaurants, bookstores and theaters, the audience enjoyed Cuban musical genres like danzon and mambo.
Mambo is one of the Cuban genres most easily identified by U.S. audiences, and the musicians also taught how to dance that music.
In the presence of Cuban diplomats, Pacheco played ‘Andino’, which he composed, and ‘Tú, Mi Desengaño’, by Pablo Milanés.
Perhaps most of the audience did not understand the Spanish lyrics of that song, but I felt that it touched their hearts, due to the feelings, the disappointment that entails, the pianist told Prensa Latina.
After performing, very close to a wall showing a photo of Cuban National Poet Nicolas Guillen, and at the request of Ethiel Fernandez, the director of the Miguel Failde Orchestra, Pacheco sang ‘Silencio’, by the Puerto Rican composer Rafael Hernández.
We lived a similar experience, without formality, it was a very beautiful experience to share with the audience, said the jazz musician, who participated in the opening gala of the festival.
As he did on that occasion, he will perform tomorrow at the Kennedy Center with his colleague Aldo Lopez-Gavilan, and the repertoire will include his own compositions and music from other Cuban composers.