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Ars Longa: From Cuba and the New World

Americas Society

March 18, 2020
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Baroque Music from Cuba and the New World:
This program explores the important repertoire of Catholic vocational and instrumental music written in the cathedral and reduction context of the viceroyalty America, during the reign of the Bourbon dynasty, with emphasis on the famous Cuban chapel master of the 18th century, Esteban Salas y Castro.
 
This concert is part of GEMAS, a project of Americas Society and Gotham Early Music Scene devoted to early music of the Americas, and is a co-presentation with Baryshnikov Arts Center.
 
                      
 

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About the Musicians:
Ars Longa was founded in Havana in 1994 by Teresa Paz and Aland López, and since 1995, the organization has been part of the Office of the City Historian, where they maintain an office in Old Havana. Latin American and Cuban colonial music is the focus of their repertoire. Over the past twenty years, Ars Longa has performed regularly at the most prestigious music venues of the island and has given concerts and participated in international festivals in Spain, Italy, France, Sweden, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Venezuela, Mexico, and Ecuador. In addition to promoting the interpretation of early music in Cuba, Ars Longa hosts the annual international Esteban Salas Early Music Festival in Havana, which brings musicians and ensembles from around the world for concerts and masterclasses. The ensemble has released several CDs that have won recognition and prizes in Europe from Diapason, Le Monde de la Musique, Télérama, and Classica. They have performed on the GEMAS series twice in New York to packed houses.
 
Soprano Teresa Paz, Ars Longa's co-founder and director, holds a masters degree in Spanish music from the University of Valladolid in Spain and serves as the director of the concert venue at the Church of San Francisco of Paula in Havana, which regularly presents early music concerts. In 1994, she and Aland López formed the early music group Ars Longa, the first of its kind in Cuba. She is also the founder and director of the annual Esteban Salas Early Music Festival, which brings early music players from around the world. It serves as a meeting place in Cuba that through workshops and conferences assists the development of early music performance and interpretation. Teresa was the first to initiate academic plans to teach early music in Cuba. To put her informed historical interpretation into practice, she established the Baroque Orchestra of the Escuela Nacional de Música, Havana. She has attended workshops in early music singing and interpretation with such international specialists as Josep Cabré, Evelyn Tubb, and Claudio Abbado. Teresa has been honored internationally for her recording projects of unknown works by Cuban and other Latin American composers.
 
 
Musicians:
Teresa Paz – soprano 
Adalis Santiesteban - mezzo soprano 
Yunie Gaínza – countertenor 
Rubiel Martín Soto – tenor 
Ahmed Gomez – baritone 
Rodrigo López – oboe 
Yulmara Vega – chirimías 
Beatriz López – violin 
Arianna Ochoa – violin 
Aland López – guitar 
Elis Regina Ramos – violone 
Izaskun Cruz – percussion