Saboreando el Gusto Cubano (1994)
This music was commissioned for the First Hemispheric Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), held in Havana, Cuba, in October 1994. The title comes from the Spanish translation of the title of the paper I gave at the conference, "Tasting the 'Spanish Tinge'." Our translator (who rapidly became a fast friend), Juan Mari-Mas, suggested that the taste was more Cuban than Spanish, and we agreed. At the premiere in Havana, we were joined by Chory, a wonderful and charming Cuban drummer. In the recorded performance here, we are accompanied by the versatile Connecticut percussionist, Anthony De Quattro.