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Big Band of Giant Flutes, a musical milestone in Cuba

Havana, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) A poem would be enough to embrace our soul, or a Big Band of Giant Flutes that honors those melodies considered musical milestones in Cuba, like the phonogram promoted today by Orlando “Maraca” Valle, another virtuoso of the aerophones.

The Cuban musician, together with the orchestra director Joaquín Betancourt and the musicologist Élsida González, carried out the production of the album, which brings together 64 important flutists from around the world to place the sound and beauty of this instrument in a higher dimension , the creators highlighted this Wednesday at a press conference.

Recorded in Studio 18 of the Musical Recordings and Editions Company (Egrem), headquarters of the meeting, Flautas Gigantes records 11 songs composed by Maraca, Betancourt, Chucho Valdés, Ernesto Duarte, César Peredo and José Luis Cortés “El Tosco”, a The compilation is dedicated to the memory of this outstanding Cuban flutist and the American Artie Webb.

Mambisimo, Flute with tumbao, Giant flutes, Contradanza, Cicuta Tibia, Cha Cortés or Whimsical flutes reveal the majesty with the instrument of artists such as Maraca himself, Javier Zalba, Niurka González, Ethiel Failde, Jennifer Grim, Rubén Leliebre, Belinda Guerra and César Peredo, among many more.

In these times of musical “anger” in the world, a project like this has no qualification, and carrying it out in Cuba constitutes a monument, highlighted the main architect of this masterpiece.

The phonogram is accompanied by a making-of, which reflects in detail the passion behind each creative process, the emotion of its protagonists and the determination to make a complex but not impossible dream come true.

Almost at the end of the dialogue, the director of Egrem, Renier Rodríguez, spoke about the importance of this harmonious jewel. In his opinion, making music and this album go beyond a whim, it is a necessity.

A poem would be enough to embrace our soul as this proposal achieves: (…) tears from the street and wandering flute, where the magical miracle of emotion flourishes, the sacred harmony, the hallucinatory voice that overflows the flow of our heart (…).

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