Category Archives: Events

Cubadisco Returns to Pabexpo

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – The most important event for the Cuban record industry returns to it former venue in Pabexpo, on the west side of Havana, after having taken place in the Morro Cabaña park facility last year. This edition pays homage to Tomás Luis de Victoria Award musician Harold Gramatges; Adalberto Alvarez, Sergio Vitier, Carlos Varela, and Manolito Simonet and his group.

Cubadisco 2003 Award winners in the different categories will be revealed Tuesday May 13 during the gala event, where Cesar Portillo de la Luz, Buena Fe, Paulo FG, Ernan Lopez Nussa, Free Hole Negro and Liana Fernandez will perform. Album and catalogue releases will take place as part of the Fair, as well as lectures on the perils of record piracy and copyrights.

Sociedad General de Autores (SGAE) President Eduardo Teddy Bautista will attend with a large delegation of the organization he leads. An important aspect of the Cubadisco Fair will be the symposium The Music Industry in the 21st Century, in which experts from Italy, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Chile, Spain, Germany and Cuba will take part.


Cuban Country Music Festival and Contest

(Prensa Latina-Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba- Havana’s Antonio Maria Romeu Province Music Center will celebrate the 5th Country Music Festival and, within it, the First Country Composition Contest. The conditions of entry for the contest say every Cuban composer is able to take part, with a maximum of three unreleased works.

The jury will be conformed by prestigious Cuban music figures and their verdict will not be open to appeal. The composer will have the possibility of suggesting the artist to perform his/her music, who will be auditioned by a jury especially chosen for this purpose. The deadline to enter is June 30, 2003.


Celtic Fusion Festival in Northern Ireland

Down, Northern Ireland – The annual Celtic Fusion International Music Festival will be taking place August 7-10, 2003.

This year there will be a special opener, Celtic Ceili with Pipes in Ballynahinch on Thursday 7 August, featuring Robert Watt, world champion piper and friends. Michael McGoldrick and Band in concert on Friday 8 August in Castlewellan. On Saturday 9 August, the Main Festival Stage in Castlewellan Forest Park will play host to a number of highly regarded and talented international musicians including:

· La Bottine Souriante (Quebec, Canada)
· Altan (Ireland)
· Dougie MacLean (Scotland)
· Sharon Shannon (Ireland)
· Shooglenifty (Scotland).

Danu live in concert on Sunday 10 August in Newcastle.

Ticket prices for the main festival stage performance on Saturday 9 August in Castlewellan Forest Park are £20.00 (Under five’s go free). A limited number of family tickets will be available for this main event at a special price of £50.00 for two adults and three children.

Tickets are £10 each for the Michael McGoldrick and Band concert on Friday 8 August and for Danu on Sunday 10 August.

Tickets for the festival will be going on sale May 8th from Ticketmaster and usual outlets. See website for details:


Miles of Music Returns to Chicago

Chicago, USA – Miles of Music returns to kick off the beginning of summer on Friday, June 20 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. with a daylong celebration of music along Michigan Avenue from Oak Street on the north to Jackson Boulevard on the south.

Modeled after the French “Fete de la Musique” celebration, Miles of Music features music at 20 performance sites ranging from sidewalk squares to plazas, courtyards and gardens. Miles of Music is sponsored by the Chicago Office of Tourism as part of Play on Chicago, the citywide promotional campaign that showcases Chicago’s depth and range of music events from June 1 to September 21, 2003.

Various musical genres will be represented including classical, folk, jazz, blues and world music in staggered 45-minute performances. Emerging artists as well as established performers will be featured. The full schedule of participating artists will be announced once available.

Miles of Music is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Dance and Music Alliance in cooperation with the Central Michigan Avenue Association, the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association and the New East Side Association. For more information on Miles of Music, call 312-744-6630 or visit:


IslaVuelta – la chispa! in Menorca, Spain

IslavueltaMahon, Menorca Island, Spain – IslaVuelta – la chispa! will take place in Mahon, Menorca, Baleares, Spain 2003.

IslaVuelta – la chispa! is an annual series of 5 Jazz/Latin Jazz concerts and hot Cuban rhythms, staged in the splendour of Spain’s second oldest Opera House, performed by world renown musicians in a friendly repatriation of music from the Americas and the Caribbean, illustrating the evidence of past Iberian influences on an African heartbeat. Concert schedule:

All events take place at 21.30hrs

30th May 2003:

Ramón Valle -solo (support act: La Folkabanda)

27th June 2003:

Hilario Durán Quartet

25th July 2003:

Monty Alexander Trio

19th September:

Habana Son Club

10th October:

Michel Camilo -solo

All concerts take place at Teatre Principal de Maó, Mahon, Menorca, Balearic Islands:
The second oldest Opera House in Spain (1829), tastefully renovated and brought up to date technically, combining the best of the old with the state-of-the-art best of the new. The theatre boasts a beautiful auditorium in the Italianate style.

The purpose of the concert series is to acknowledge and celebrate the historical, musical and artistic link between Menorca and Cuba and more broadly Spain and the Americas through a friendly repatriation of musical forms to the island through a series of concerts which will stand as a metaphor for the harmonious and mutual benefits that can flow from cross cultural appreciation and co-operation.

IslaVuelta – la chispa! is conceived produced and promoted by Ivan Brown of Idtenti Limited (London).


Tribute to Cuban Singer Lázaro Ros

Lázaro Ros
Lázaro Ros

(Prensa Latina-Cumbancha) Camagüey, Cuba – Lázaro Ros received the distinction “Espejo de Paciencia,” for his virtuosity that led him to become the most famous Cuban singer of folkloric chants of African origin. Seventy-eight-year-old Ros was paid homage to with the highest distinction granted by the Provincial Culture Board in Camagüey, during his visit to this city, where he was invited to the 1st Festival of Olorum Dance.

He was born May 11, 1925 in Havana, and at the age of 13 he was vocalizing ritual pieces at Regla de Ocha (Santeria) ceremonies.

In 1949, he started his professional career and has been a member of the Cuban National Folkloric Group, the Cuban National Ballet, the National Symphonic Orchestra, Casa de las Americas and the bands Sintesis and Mezcla, plus other institutions and bands.

His career also includes teaching in Cuba and abroad, and the achievement of Cuban and foreign distinctions, including a Latin Grammy nomination in 2001. The “Espejo de Paciencia” award was also granted to the band Afrocuba from Matanzas, attending the same festival.


Amala – Gypsy Music, Dance & Language Summer School

Valjevo, Serbia – The Amala School for Roma (Gypsy) and Serbian music, dance and language presents the unique opportunity to discover Romani and Serbian culture in an authentic setting. Located in the picturesque Serbian hills in the town of Valjevo, 100 kilometers southwest of Belgrade, the school offers 7, 10 and 14day sessions throughout the summer. While at the school, students benefit from the unforgettable experience of total immersion into the culture. Students live in a Romani-Serbian household, see daily life and dine on traditional cuisine.

The days are filled with lively local music, excursions and trips to family celebrations in nearby villages. Local professional teachers and performers conduct the lessons. The school’s faculty uses traditional teaching methods, and music and vocal students learn by ear.Serbian language and dance classes are designed for all levels Romani (Gypsy) language classes are designed for beginners and give the extremely rare chance to learn this beautiful language.

Roma dance in the Balkan style is taught for all levels. Galbeno d.o.o., Stevana Filipovica 28/20, 11000 Beograd, Yugoslavia. Phone: +381 (0)11 64 88 75, Fax: +381 (0)11 652 391.


Festival Ethnoambient Salona 2003, Croatia

Salona, Croatia –
Festival Ethnoambient Salona 2003
will take place August 1-3, 2003. This year the festival will present Lo Cor de la Plana (France), Zoe (Italy), Lot Lorien (Bulgaria), Companyia Electrica Dharma (Spain), Kries (Croatia) and several Croatian groups that present famous Mediterranean “klapa” singing.

The oldest world music festival in Croatia tends to promote different cultures through fusion of the traditional and contemporary music. Since 1998 this festival has welcomed artists from Israel, Italy, Mongolia, Canada (First Nations), England, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Catalonia (Spain), Ireland, Pakistan, Hungary, Australian aboriginals, Iran, and Croatia.This open air festival is held at the magical ancient Roman archeological site of Salona which is located in Solin, near Split at the Adriatic Coast. The main idea of festival Ethnoambient is to promote different cultures, tolerance and understanding for cultural diversity, tradition, nature. Music is the main focus, but visitors also get a chance to explore the fair of organic/eco farming, traditional crafts and souvenirs and also enjoy the natural beauty of the area – the rivers, the mountains, the Adriatic sea and beautiful Mediterranean atmosphere. More info:


NWEAMO Call for Works

USA – The Northwest Electro-Acoustic Music Organization (NWEAMO) is seeking electro-acoustic works for its fifth annual international festival of electronic music.

Works may be representative of all styles and aesthetics, from the classical avant-garde to the fringes of experimental pop.MAIN THEME: This year we are hoping to spotlight audience-interactive electro-acoustic works. These works should employ some form of audience participation to complete their execution. Interaction may be physical, intellectual, sensory, and/or other type, and it may be achieved through technological, entirely human, or other means. To facilitate electronic interaction, NWEAMO will provide a wireless access point (802.11) with a connection to the Internet.

PLEASE NOTE: NWEAMO also welcomes submissions of electro-acoustic works that DO NOT involve audience interaction. Preference will be given to works that feature a live performance element.

Composers must attend the festival. There is a $15 submission fee. NWEAMO is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization and all money raised goes toward promotion and production.

NWEAMO 2003: The Exploding Interactive Inevitable
October 3-5, 2003: Portland, Oregon (B-Complex)
October 10-12, 2003: San Diego, California (San Diego State University)

To view the full version of this call for works (including submission guidelines) and to access further information about NWEAMO 2003: The Exploding Interactive Inevitable, please visit


FloydFest Outta’ this World Music

Floydfest_logoThe 2nd annual FloydFest blasts off August 15-17, 2003 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd, Virginia. Featuring roots from the bush to the Blue Ridge and beyond.

This year’s line-up includes Donna the Buffalo, Baka Beyond, The David Grisman Quintet, Morgan Heritage, Old and in the Gray w/ Vassar Clements, African Showboyz, Nickel Creek, Mamadou Diabate, Yonder Mountain String Band, Speech(Arrested Development), Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Acoustic Syndicate, Nii Tettey Tetteh, Kaki King, Man Alive!, Larry Keel Experiance, John Brown’s Body, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Rushad, dj Cheb i Sabbah and many more.