special thanks to Anil Kapahi for these photos
Memorable concert with Hilario Durán at Town Hall Seattle on May 8, 2009!
Also featured the Durán/Schloss/Mitri Trio
Click here to download poster
Photo credit: Tara Gimmer
March 20, 2009 Charanga Danzón in concert at the D.A.R. mansion on Capitol Hill
Another sold-out show!
photos courtesy of Meredith Fane
An intimate evening at Seattle's literary landmark,
Richard Hugo House
, on February 7, 2009
On January 30, 2009 we had a unique event at Suyama Space -- Cuban music and a site-specific installation in the gallery by Kendall Buster.
photo credit: Beth Sellars
Thanks so much to all who joined
Charanga Danzón on September 26, 2008 at the
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center
and on September 27, 2008 at the University of Victoria
for two wonderful concerts with the amazing Hilario Durán.
entertained patrons of the Café Rozella September 5, 2008
to all who joined
Charanga Danzón on July 18, 2008 at the
the Fremont Abbey Arts Center
for a concert of beautiful Cuban music (classical, jazz, son/danzon/cha-cha-cha and dancing!) followed by a hilarious Cuban film, VAMPIROS EN LA HABANA (Vampires in Havana), directed by Juan Padron.Click to download flyer
The film features a hot Latin Jazz soundtrack with legendary Arturo Sandoval. This hilarious spoof of horror and gangster movies, presented in an outrageously caricatured, bawdy style reminiscent of Fritz the Cat, features Professor Von Dracula, a vampire scientist who leaves Transylvania for Cuba, where he invents "Vampisol", a potion that allows vampires to survive in sunlight. When the Professor announces his intention to donate the formula free of charge to vampires all over the world, the Vampire Mafia from Chicago and the European Union of Vampires from Dusseldorf try to muscle in and steal the formula. The action escalates crazily as an assortment of bad guys, police, vampires and other monsters, as well as our hero with his girlfriend, are all caught up in the chase. Entertaining at many levels, the film is also a clever satire of political and military tensions between Cuba and its capitalist antagonists. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.
to all who joined
Charanga Danzón on May 10, 2008 at
Catherine Person Gallery
In Seattle Click to download flyer
for a sold-out show!
a memorable evening of Cuban music and thought-provoking film was held in the Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford on Thursday, April 10, 2008
Special Guest Michael Nicolella, guitar
Irene Mitri (violin), Pedro Vargas (percussion), Jim O'Halloran (flute), Ben Verdier (bass), Fred Hoadley (piano and tres), Andy Schloss (percussion).
Producer: Frances McElroy and Maria T. Rodriguez
Genre: Documentary 1 Episode/60 Minutes
Courtesy of Ramona de Saá Bello / ITVS
Two sisters. One passion. Romance. Revolution. MIRROR DANCE is the story of Cuban-born identical twins Ramona and Margarita de Saá, who become estranged through politics when one moves to the United States and the other remains behind. Though separated for almost 40 years, both continue to share a passion for dance. Shot in the United States and Cuba over a period of four years, the film reveals some of the complexities of the sisters' relationship: the worlds in which they live, the choices each has made and the conflicts each has endured. Set within the context of the turbulent dynamic between the two countries, MIRROR DANCE focuses on the twins' story of division, difference and ongoing efforts at reconciliation. It is a universal story that speaks to the personal pain, loss and waste that can result from international hostilities.
Looking forward to the next time,
Irene Mitri, M.M., Ed.M. -- violinist and director, Charanga Danzón
Thanks to all who came to see/hear us at Café Rozella – the café is calling the event a “smashing success”! It was a wonderful evening, and packed (sorry to those who couldn't get in the door) and we already have requests for a cd (we'll make one soon)
We played on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 as part of "Spanglish Potluck", an evening of words and music presented by Hedgebrook, the internationally-known writers' retreat on Whidbey Island. This event took place at Cafe Rozella, in White Center (see www.caferozella.com for more details).
For this event I was so fortunate to be joined by Fred Hoadley (tres), Ben Verdier (bass), Jim O'Halloran (flute), and Andy Schloss (percussion).