The 6th Leo Brouwer Festival of Chamber Music will take place in Havana, Cuba, from September 26 through October 12, 2014, in different locations in the capital, bringing together more than 300 artists from about ten countries. U.S. musician Bobby McFerrin—also a renowned singer, showman, songwriter, conductor, and record producer—will visit Cuba for the first time in response to an invitation by maestro Leo Brouwer and will be in charge of the opening of the event in a concert called “Bobby Meets Havana.”
The Cuban renowned musician stated the US artist will come alone and “he will have one guest artist only, a very special one: maestro Chucho Valdes”, noted with a provocative smile as an advance of the highlights of the concert, which has been arranged for September 27, at the Karl Marx Theater.
The performance of the “Scat King”, as he is known by many, will be entitled Bobby Meets Havana and he will interpret his mythical song “Don’t worry, be happy”, which used to be a number one in the US hit parade after it was included in the soundtrack of the film Cocktail (1988), stared by Tom Cruise.
This outstanding artist, winner of about ten Grammy Awards, has announced he will interact with the Cuban audience for about 90 minutes to get hold of the real Cuban essence [. . .].
The Sixth Leo Brouwer Festival on Chamber Music has also invited US Jenny Q Chai (piano) and Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Argentinean Fito Páez and Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud–renowned as one of the best violin players in the world–among many other artists from Brazil, Mexico, Spain, the Czech Republic, Colombia, Paraguay, Italy and Uruguay.
For more information (in Spanish), see http://festivaleobrouwer.cult.cu/
For full article (in English), see http://oncubamagazine.com/culture/bobby-mcferrin-to-take-part-in-the-sixth-leo-brouwer-festival-on-chamber-music/