Jazz at Studio Z
Doug Little's Charanga Tropical
April 11, 2015
Studio Z: 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul
6 p.m. master class
7 p.m. concert
Formed in 2006, Charanga Tropical has been invited to perform at the 2015 International Festival of Danzón in Havana, Cuba this June. The group is the first North American ensemble ever invited to participate in the festival, which commemorate and celebrate the rich musical style of danzón, the national dance of Cuba.
Danzón evolved from contradanza, a musical style which arrived with 19th century French refugees who were escaping violent revolution in Haiti and Napoleon's sale of the Louisiana territory. The immigrants introduced new instruments to the island- piano, violin, and flute- which eventually were combined with bass and Cuban drums to create an instrumentation known as 'charanga francesa' (French charanga), later known simply as 'charanga.'
Charanga Tropical was founded following flutist Doug Little's return to Minneapolis after five months of musical study with master charanga musicians in Cuba. Charanga Tropical has performed a repertoire of traditional danzones and other styles throughout the Upper Midwest including at Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest, St. Paul's Schubert Club, and in Grant Park, Chicago.
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