Guest Artist Recital: Dr. Michael Davison, Professor of Jazz, Trumpet & Cuban Music
Ethnomusicologist and trumpeter, Dr. Michael Davison has travelled to Cuba over 40 times during the last 25 years – performing, filming, conducting research and leading students and professional musicians. He teaches courses on Cuban history, culture and music at the University of Richmond and has produced a full-length documentary on Cuban music. (YouTube: “Cuba: Rhythm in Motion”). Dr. Davison’s expertise includes teaching and performing the various Cuban music styles, plus relating them to contemporary American music. Many Cuban rhythms are still heard today – from 50s Rock n Roll to Adele’s music. Today’s lecture will include live music videos filmed in Cuba depicting Cuban music: son, mambo, rumba, cha-cha-cha, bolero and Latin jazz, to name a few. Dr. Davison will also show and explain the blending of American popular music with Cuban traditional music that has taken place since the mid-19th century.
For additional information contact Dr. Amy Gilreath (309)438-2388