Somehow, I ended up at a concert at Teatro Martí in Havana, Cuba on Saturday night. The advertisement said,
"Gastón Joya en concierto en el Teatro Martí
Gastón Joya representa un enlace entre la música de concierto, el jazz y las raíces cubanas, sin obviar estilos y géneros alternativos con una lujosa calidad en la interpretación del contrabajo.
El concierto que ofrecerá ... sábado 21 de febrero,...., en el Teatro Martí, constituye un sentido homenaje a nuestra música, con una selección de composiciones antológicas de sobresalientes maestros como Ernesto Lecuona, Sindo Garay o Chucho Valdés, por solo citar algunos. También será ocasión para honrar la memoria del músico y pedagogo Marcos Valcarsel, formador de disímiles generaciones de instrumentistas, quien durante muchos años integró la orquesta del Teatro Martí.
Ruy Adrián López- Nussa
Gastón Joya played bass, sometimes in the traditional sense, but more often with his hands, like playing a guitar. He invited the invited people two or three at a time, one to accompany on piano, one to accompany on drums, and for a couple of songs a woman to play flute. Every one of his invited guests joined in his passion, and produced smooth, magnificent pieces.
Several of the works were written by composer Ernesto Lecuona (who wrote "Malaguena." Gastón Joya's unique manner of combining the various instruments lent well to that music.
Rolando Luna is an amazing pianist. Here is a Utube of him and Gastón doing a similar concert:
Every one of the musicians performed with gusto and passion.
Enrique Plá, summer, was one of the older, long-known musicians.
Frank Fernandez, pianist, is also a very famous, older musician. Here's a Utube of him playing:
This concert was very, very unique, interesting and moving, and I can't quite describe how happy I am that I learned of it, and got the last seat on the front row.