Leo Brouwer Chamber Music Festival to Be Held in Havana

Leo Brouwer

HAVANA TIMES — The Leo Brouwer Festival of Chamber Music will be held in Havana from October 3 to 13 with the participation of over 140 musicians from Bosnia, Spain, France, Holland, Italy, Mexico, Venezuela and Cuba.

With this being its fourth edition, the event will host top international musicians such as the Bosnian lutist Edin Karamazov, French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labeque, guitarist Ricardo Gallen of Spain, and Italian accordionist Marco Lo Russo.

Artists from Cuba will include pianist Ernan Lopez-Nussa, saxophonist Javier Zalba, bassist Jorge Reyes, flutist Niurka Gonzalez, and singer/songwriter Liuba Maria Hevia, as well as the groups Sonantas Habaneras, Grupo Giganteria and the Compania Danza Teatro.

The festival program also includes a series of talks on the now-deceased Buena Vista Social Club leader Compay Segundo, in whose honor Brouwer wrote the piece “Chacona, Compay Segundo in Memoriam,” which will be debuted to the world on October 13 at Havana’s National Theater.