Baryshnikov Arts Center, ​​​​​​​Five Boroughs Music Festival, and GEMAS (Gotham Early Music Scene / Americas Society) Co-Present

Ars Longa de la Habana

Tesoros de América: Baroque Music from Cuba and the New World (N.Y. Premiere)

March 18, 2020

Ars Longa de la Habana “performs with a sharp rhythmic drive…its style often seems on the verge of dance, if not well beyond it.” – The New York Times

Cuba's premier early music group, Ars Longa de la Habana, returns to NYC with a lively repetoire of 18th century music from Cuba, Mexico, and Central America. Five singers and seven musicians explore the lively vocal and instrumental repertoire of the Spanish Empire cathedrals of the Americas, incorporating joyful rhythms across forms and cultures.

Performers:
Teresa Paz, soprano
Adalis Santiesteban, mezzo soprano
Yunie Gaínza, countertenor
Rubiel Martín Soto, tenor
Ahmed Gomez, baritone
Rodrigo López, oboe
Yulmara Vega, chirimías
Beatriz López, violin
Arianna Ochoa, violin
Aland López, guitar
Elis Regina Ramos, violone
Izaskun Cruz, percussion

Leadership support for music programming provided by the Thompson Family Foundation.



Ars Longa de la Habana
Artist Bio

Ars Longa de la Habana

Ars Longa was founded by Teresa Paz and Aland Lopez in 1994 and since 1995 has been part of the Historian’s Office of Havana City. Their repertoire focuses on 18th century music written by Cuban composer Esteban Salas and other composers of the Caribbean and Latin America region.

Many of their pieces reflect the blending of African slave roots with Spanish influences in the New World — both secular and sacred. Their music is lively and accessible, blurring the lines of performer and listener in an outburst of joy and celebration. The ensemble has performed regularly in the most prestigious music venues of Cuba, Europe, and Latin America and has participated in international festivals in Spain, Italy, France, Sweden, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Venezuela, Mexico, and Ecuador. This will be Ars Longa’s third U.S. tour. The group has released 15 CDs, many of which have won prizes and recognition in Europe by Diapason, Le Monde de la Musique, Télérama, and Classica.

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Photos: Nico Manassi, Roey Yohai Studios