Violinist Doug Cameron shares his eye-opening musical journey to the Caribbean nation
Editor’s Note: Cuban culture comes from a melting pot of cultures, primarily those of Spain and Africa, and their influences on the rhythmic flavors of the island’s music is unmistakable. After the 1959 revolution, the government pushed an expansive education campaign, offering free education to all and establishing rigorous music, sports and dance programs. With travel restrictions newly loosened to the lively Caribbean nation, Local 47 Member Doug Cameron recently accepted an invitation by National Symphony of Cuba conductor Enrique Pérez Mesa to spend 10 days working with the young musicians of Cuba. Deeply inspired by his 10-day adventure, Cameron shares the following account of his eye-opening journey.
By Doug Cameron
From the moment I stepped off the plane, I could tell I was in a different world. The signs, the excitement, and most of all, the music! As a jazz musician, it’s the music that attracts me to different parts of the world, and Cuba has always been number one on my list. I have always loved Latin and especially Cuban music. My CD “Mil Amores” was my tribute to this music and featured a lot of my original music written in a Latin style. I was invited to Cuba to by the conductor of the National Symphony of Cuba, maestro Enrique Pérez Mesa, to teach master classes and perform. Continue reading