Adalberto Alvarez, a Tireless Innovator

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – In the midst of ambitious projects, Adalberto Alvarez Zayas turns 55 year-old. He began his 30 years of artistic life and 25 years of recording with the Son 14 orchestra and Frank Fernandez as producer of “A Bayamo en Coche” (To Bayamo by Carriage), one of the most renovating works of the Cuban musical industry during the last five decades. Putting the finishing touches on his next CD for Bis Music recording company, Adalberto Alvarez noted his efforts to rescue and popularize partner dance. “I have a lot of faith in a program I will launch with television director Victor Torres this summer.”

Adalberto rejoiced being named a Prodigal Son of Camaguey, honoring his 55th birthday and 30-year artistic career. There were over 15,000 people at the gala, including the presence of other musicians from the territory where he began his professional life in 1973.

The Camaguey Hotel dedicated a room to him designed similarly to the atmosphere of his house. Alvarez wanted to be a pilot and ended up studying bassoon at the National Art School. With the Son 14 orchestra in 1978, Adalberto returned to the best contributions of Arsenio Rodriguez to the format known as ensemble and enriched it creatively to preserve the dancing flavor and melodic beauty of the “traditional,” rejuvenated by the contemporaneous sound. His loyalty to this style led to his current nickname el “Caballero del Son” (The Gentleman of Son).

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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