Charanga del Norte bring Cuban rhythms to Leeds.
Join the UK’s only full charanga orchestra for an afternoon at Hyde Park Picture House on Sunday 5th May.
To celebrate their twentieth year, Cuban dancer- turned-animator Guillermo Davis, flautist and Musical Director of Charanga del Norte, Reader in Music at Leeds Beckett University, Dr Sue Miller discuss and present their collaborative projects in music, dance and animation film with screenings of animation shorts featuring music by Charanga del Norte and a live semi-acoustic performance from the band.
Expect to see animation shorts such as ‘Charanga Time’, made to celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary in 2019; additionally Guillermo presents his animations ‘The Little Rose Shoes’ based on a Cuban poem for children by Jose Marti and ‘Grandad Go and Get the Bread!’, an animation short about an old man who shuffles out to dance
on Carnival day.
Come and be part of this celebratory event from a band playing infectiously good Cuban dance music to make you get up and move!
The always-exciting Charanga del Norte will host a stunning line-up for L19, featuring Cuban flute specialist and bandleader Sue Miller, and the cream of the crop from the UK salsa scene: pianist Kim Burton (Sonido de Londres), bass player Ruth Bitelli (Candela), in-demand percussionist Dave Pattman (Omara Portuondo), singer Guillermo Monroy (Merengada), and percussionist Andy Warner (Septeto Siboney).
In the string section they have violinists (and original members) Nick Williams and Jon Lindh (violins), cellist Andy Wardale (Hallé orchestra) and violinist Angela Antwi-Agyei from the ground-breaking Chineke Orchestra.
Sue Miller is a Reader in Music at Leeds Beckett University, UK and obtained her PhD in Music from the University of Leeds in 2011. Her work combines historical musicology with music analysis, ethnomusicological method, performance and practice-led research. Specialising in Cuban popular music and improvisation her book Cuban Flute Style: Interpretation and Improvisation (Scarecrow Press, 2014) explores the role of influence in the development of a style. Her second book Improvising Sabor: Afro-Cuban Dance Music in New York for the University Press of Mississippi (forthcoming) looks afresh at the history of Latin music in the USA with a focus on the 1960s New York Latin music scene. As a linguist with a degree in Languages (French, Hindi and Linguistics) from the University of York and an MA in Applied Translation (French to English with a specialism in French Popular Music and Culture) from the University of Leeds, Sue has an interest in popular music with a broad international reach. As part of an interdisciplinary collaboration Sue is working on a music, dance and animation project with animation lecturer and researcher Dr Sarah Bowen (Leeds Beckett University) and Cuban dancer-turned-animator Guillermo Davis. Sue is also a professional flute player, improviser and arranger and is musical director of ‘Charanga del Norte,’ a dance band she founded in 1998. Past performances include The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Cambridge Jazz Festival, and The Barbican, London alongside several Arts Council funded UK-wide tours. The band celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2019.
Guillermo Davis moved into animation after a long career as a respected Cuban dancer, choreographer and teacher. He was a solo dancer, choreographer and an artistic director at Compania Danza Libre for 12 years in Cuba. In the UK he has taught Cuban and Afro-Cuban dance with Mandinga Arts and led his own Carnival Comparsa and Cabaret Dance groups in London and York. He was commissioned to create Carnival group performances for the Carnival de Cuba festival and for Quilombo do Samba at Notting Hill Carnival and the South Bank. Like most dancers, he needed to make a career change and retrained as an animator, taking a BA honours degree in Animation at Leeds Beckett University in 2013. As a Cuban creative artist his culture is an important focus of his animation work. He has a deep knowledge of Cuban dance and music and has often collaborated with the flautist Dr Sue Miller and her band Charanga del Norte, originally as a dancer and later with animation. Work to date includes ‘The Little Rose Shoes’ which was based on a Cuban poem for children by Jose Marti and ‘Grandad Go and Get the Bread!’, an animation short, about an old man who shuffles out on Carnival day. Another film short ‘When You Can Hear the River’ is an animation based on a devastating flood in my home town of Guantanamo.