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Tom Ehrlich - Artes de Cuba 2018 part 5

ARTES DE CUBA

THE KENNEDY CENTER, WASHINGTON D.C.

MAY, 2018

PART 5 MAY 20, 2018

PHOTOS AND TEXT BY TOM EHRLICH © 2018

The last event I attended at Artes de Cuba was Tiempo Libre performing a free concert on May 20, 2018.  The two events I did not attend were Argos Teatro's autobiograpgical peice called "10 MIllion" and the great Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble. 

Jorge Gomez

Israel Morales

Leandro González

Luis Beltran

Roberto Consuegra Conde

Wilber Rodríguez

Xavier Mili Saint-Ives

Tiempo Libre one of the few Cuban bands in the US who are a good timba band.  I had not seen them for a number of years, but they still generate a high energy performance and fill the dance floor.

I thoroughly enjoyed the four days I attended Artes de Cuba.  It was amazing given the political climate in the US that this event actually happened.  The one criticism I have of the event is that there were no rumba and folkoric groups, which I believe was a serious omission.  In spite of this Artes de Cuba displayed how vibrant and creative Cuban culture is.

Monday, 11 June 2018, 11:00 PM