PARTNER MUSIC SCHOOLS IN HAVANA
CONSERVATORIO AMADEO ROLDÁN
ESCUELA ELEMENTAL DE MÚSICA MANUEL SAUMELL
THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC AT THE NATIONAL SCHOOLS OF THE ARTS
In preparing to take jazz orchestras to music schools around Havana, we learned that luthiers (craftsmen who fix string and bowed instruments), and brass, woodwind and percussion technicians are in seriously short supply in Cuba. Although a lot of the kids we met can patch their own horns, there are only four professional repair people in the whole country. So along with our jazz orchestras and jazz musicians, Horns to Havana is going to take a group of distinguished repair technicians that will work on bruised and battered instruments. But, we also plan to acquire mandrels, dent machines, rollers and pliers; rods, burnishers, punches, leveling stones and soldering kits, all the equipment needed to establish a technical training program at ENA, Escuelas Nacionales de Arte.
The repairing and restoration of musical is an art form. This brand new program will teach young men and women the skills and techniques needed to repair and restore instruments – to forge careers as luthiers and brass, or woodwind or percussion technicians. We hope you will help us send luthiers to Havana but also to purchase the tools to get this innovative program underway.
ESCUELA ELEMENTAL DE ARTE PAULINA CONCEPCIÓN
CONSERVATORIO GUILLERMO TOMÁS
When the musicians of Jazz at Lincoln Center went to Havana, they loved each of the four schools they visited. One that particularly stuck in their hearts however, was Conservatorio Guillermo Tomás, located just outside Havana in one of the poorer districts, Guanabacoa. There the kids played for the musicians, the musicians played for the kids, and it quickly became clear that none of them will ever forget the exchange.
There are 500 students ranging in age from 8 to 19. Gifted students enter the school at an early age, and study at academic and musical subjects for the next 10 years. There are 90 professors. The 40 students that graduate every year go on to join the best symphony, chamber and popular orchestras or become music professors for new students.
Trumpeter Marcus Printup says he had tears in his eyes, because the kids were so soulful. The extraordinary Latin music producer, Rene Lopez, was dazzled by the sheer knowledge and sweetness of the questions the kids asked, and Wynton Marsalis danced a salsa with one of the instructors. Many of the musicians mentioned the number of broken instruments that they saw at Guillermo Tomás. Let’s try and do something
ESCUELA ELEMENTAL DE ARTE ALEJANDRO GARCIÁ CATURLA