HORNS TO HAVANA

 

   While Cuba has a rich history of jazz, there is a dearth of resources to formally study the form. Our education programs provide expert instruction, new pedagogies and methods that are integrated into student training and curriculum by local instructors. Our education advisors Victor Goines and Yosvany Terry are world-renowned musicians and teaching faculty at Northwestern University and Harvard University.
We produce annual music and cultural exchange residencies we call Jazz Amistad residencies. We recruit volunteer U.S. jazz musicians and partners such as Jazz at Lincoln Center and Preservation Hall Foundation to teach the residencies which include:
•Teacher’s workshops to address the needs of the local music educator;• Student sectional workshops (by instrument);• Student ensemble workshops; and• Performances by our faculty and student performers_______________________BRINGING THE
SPIRIT OF JAZZ TO
MUSIC STUDENTS
IN CUBA
_______________________ Our Jazz Amistad residencies go beyond music education to include cultural “intercambio” or exchange. Exchanges happen in Cuba and the
U.S. and are designed to:
•Increase musical knowledge and technical capacity;•Broaden perspectives of educators;•Spark cultural partnerships and learning; and•Inspire students personally and professionally.While Cuba has a rich history of jazz, there are limited resources to formally study the form. We view jazz as a global language and as a shared bridge between Cuba and the U.S., because music transcends boundaries of geography, politics, culture, language and even time. Life-changing for students and professors on both sides, Jazz Amistads provideopportunities to preserve musical legacies and to encourage young musicians to innovate and create their own musical futures. Ultimately Jazz Amistads
are not just about musical technique –they are about instilling the improvisational and collaborative spirit
of jazz.
_______________________STRENGTHENING TIES BETWEEN COUNTRIES USING SHARED
MUSICAL TRADITIONS
_______________________ A proper instrument in good working condition is essential to a musician. In Cuba, many issues affect instrument quality and access: weather damage; multiple and long-term usage; affordability and availability issues; and more. This situation impedes the educational and professional opportunities of students.In 2010 we recruited the renowned instrument artisan David Gage of New York City’s David Gage String Instrument Repair and formed the Instrument Artisans Council, a group of volunteer instrument artisans who oversee annual visits to the island for repair and training work.Families, students, music professors and other music professionals come to our workshop from throughout the island. CNEART, The Ministry of Culture’s arts school administration, donated the building for the permanent repair shop and hired six Cuban repair technicians (partially trained by our master artisans) to fix instruments for students in Cuba’s music schools.We have now trained a dozen local artisans, which doubled our capacity, and have made over 4600 instrument repairs._______________________FULFILLING DREAMS
OF ASPIRING YOUNG
MUSICIANS
_______________________ Many students do not own their own instrument. They are only able to play on instruments loaned by their schools so they can perform in class. The quality of these instruments varies and often students must share instruments. They also must return these instruments once they finish their studies. For young musicians, owning an instrument often makes the difference between pursuing music as a career after graduation or not. Horns to Havana works to address this need by working with our local partners to identify students in need of instruments and to match them with donated instruments. Thanks to the generous donations of high quality used and new instruments by our supporters across the U.S., we have been able to provide a multitude of instruments to music students. We continue to find new partners like Preservation Hall Foundation to assist in bringing instruments and parts to individuals in Cuba. These instruments are changing lives, and we are grateful!_______________________ JAZZ DIGS INTO
OUR COMMON PAST
AND REMOVES
POLITICS FROM
THE DISCUSSION.
_______________________ Horns to Havana partners with CNEART, the Centro Nacional de Escuelas de Artes (National Center for Arts Schools), which administers programs in Havana’s music schools. Over the years, we have developed relationships with a number of music schools in Havana and the surrounding area•CONSERVATORIO AMADEO ROLDÁN•THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC AT THE NATIONAL•SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (La ENA)•CONSERVATORIO GUILLERMO TOMÁS•ESCUELA ELEMENTAL DE MÚSICA MANUEL SAUMELL •ESCUELA ELEMENTAL DE ARTE PAULINA CONCEPCIÓN•ESCUELA ELEMENTAL DE ARTE ALEJANDRO GARCIÁ CATURLA_______________________JAZZ BRINGS US
TOGETHER IN A JOYFUL, HUMAN DIALOGUE
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