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Talking Music: Cuban-American Cultural Exchange


Feb 24 2017


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Talking Music - Cuban-American Cultural Exchange

Talking Music

Cuban-American Cultural Exchange

Arturo O’Farrill, GRAMMY-winning pianist, composer, and bandleader, will discuss his collaboration with founding members of the Havana-based Malpaso Dance Company, Osnel Delgado, Dailedys Carrazana, and Fernando Sáez. Duke Performances Associate Director and GRAMMY-winning producer Eric Oberstein will moderate this conversation, touching on, among other topics, the evolving relationship between Cuba and the United States following the restoration of diplomatic relations.

Based in Havana, Cuba, Malpaso Dance Company is committed to bringing Cuban contemporary dance into the 21st Century by collaborating with top international choreographers and nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. The company’s core artistic vision is led by resident repertory choreographer Osnel Delgado. The company was founded in 2012 by Delgado, Dailedys Carrazana, and Fernando Saéz, and consists of 10 dancers, including former members of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba. Their repertory includes 24 hours and a dog, a work by Delgado, set to music by Arturo O’Farrill (who wrote an original overture for the piece, of the same name),and Porque Sigues (Why You Follow) by the American choreographer Ronald K. Brown, among other notable works.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. Made possible, in part, with a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council, and support from the Dance Program at Duke University.


Arturo O’Farrill

Afro Latin Jazz Alliance

Arturo O'Farrill (Composer and Pianist) was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. He received his formal musical education at the Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory, and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. His professional career began with the Carla Bley Band…...

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Fernando Sáez

Fernando Sáez (Founder and Executive Director) graduated from the School of Performing Arts at the Superior Institute of Arts (ISA) in Havana in 1988. He is also a founder and actor of Estudio Teatral de Santa Clara, was the head of the sociocultural development project in Las Terrazas, Pinar del…...

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Osnel Delgado

Malpaso Dance Company

Osnel Delgado (Founder, Artistic Director, Dancer, and Choreographer) danced with Danza Contemporanea de Cuba from 2003 to 2011, before founding Malpaso. He has worked with choreographers Mats Ek, Rafael Bonachela, Kenneth Kvarnström, Ja Linkens, Itzik Galili, Samir Akika, Pedro Ruiz, Isidro Rolando and George Cespedes, among others. Delgado has created…...

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Daileidys Carrazana

Malpaso Dance Company

Daileidys Carrazana(Founder, Associate Artistic Director and Dancer) graduated from the National Ballet School in Havana in 2003. She was a member of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba from 2003 to 2011, before founding Malpaso with Osnel Delgado. Daile has worked with choreographers such as Mats Ek, Jan Linkens, Samir Akika, Pedro…...

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Eric Oberstein

Duke Performances

Eric Oberstein(Associate Director, Duke Performances) is a GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY-winning producer, arts administrator, musician, educator, and consultant. Eric currently serves as Associate Director of Duke Performances, the professional performing arts presenting organization at his alma mater, Duke University. Oberstein authored a chapter on the topic of the Creative Campus…...

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