EXPERIMENTAL CUBAN-AMERICAN: Groundbreaking new works of orchestral, folkloric, and popular music forms. Nine rare cross-genre compositions fuse diverse modern musical aesthetics emerging throughout Cuba and the United States.
MUSICIANS: The album was composed, produced and recorded by Sage Lewis throughout multiple trips between Havana and Los Angeles. Including a total of 100 musicians from Cuba and California's most current contemporary music scenes, each song is a collaboration.
MEANING: Locates a meaningful and common language between two societies divided across 90 miles and 50 years of political and economic warfare.
NEIGHBORHOOD: It takes place in nine neighborhoods throughout two cities, Havana and Los Angeles.
FICTION: It's the soundtrack to the theatre-film production The Closest Farthest Away, directed by Chi-wang Yang. The final song, "far away," is an independent performance of multi-media music concert.
INFLUENCES: Diverse contemporary music styles practiced in Cuba and the United States such as contemporary classical, changüí, timba, batá, nueva trova, indie pop, and hip hop.
As an independent record, all sales proceeds will go directly to the artists.
released December 18, 2010
National Children's Chorus, Coro Diminuto, Doble Filo, The Click, Derde Verde, Luís García Gonzalez, Sekoue Romay Díaz, Xavier Calderín, Machín, Gene Coye, Andrew Auble, Gabriel Deutsch, Yasser Carrazana Amaya, Omar Fariñas, Oscar Muñoz Alfonso, Jody Hurt, Maykel García Gonzalez, Osiris Sanchez, Hernandez Rafael, Duany Rivero, Miguel Angel Malagrida Sosa, Zenen Acanda Gutuierrez, Cristobal Verdecia Sardiñas, Edel Llorens Piedra, Peter Gonzalez, Adrian Cottier Bucco.
Recorded by Andrés Disotuar Beltran, Jesus Pineda Olivares, Nathan Ruyle, and Sage Lewis. Mixed and Mastered by John Baffa.
The production of this album was supported through Subito, the quick advancement grant program of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Composers' Forum.
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