Cuba - Island of Music (2011) DVD-5 | Runtime: 72 min. | 3,84 Gb | Copy: Untouched Video: NTSC, 720 x 480 (1.333) at 29.970 fps | Audio: English, Dolby Digital 2 at 192 Kbps, 48.0 KHz Genre: Jazz, Folk, World Music | Label: MVD Visual | Covers: Not included
The film is a behind-the-scenes look at Afro-Cuban music's role in the daily life of Cubans.
Filmmaker Gary Keys (Memories of Duke and Dizzy's Dream Band) brings the audience into the
heart and soul of Havana, through a vibrant mosaic of street musicians, big bands, dancers, religious
rituals, and classic cars. Keys shows us Afro-Cuban music in New York City, with the music and
commentary of jazz legends Billy Taylor, Candido Camero, and Chico OFarrill. Filmmaker and scholar Gary Keys directs the digital-video documentary CUBA: ISLAND OF
MUSIC for Gothamjazz Productions. A longtime fan of jazz and Afro-Cuban music, Keys quickly
accepts a university position in Havana teaching film and music. This documentary is a direct result
of his experience wandering around Cuba and looking for high-energy street musicians and dancers.
He also includes random shots of everyday life, including baseball players, women rolling cigars, and
children playing in the street. Keys narrates the film himself from the front seat of his convertible
while driving around New York City. Including music and commentary from Chico O'Farrill and Dr.
Billy Taylor, CUBA: ISLAND OF MUSIC premiered in 2003 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space
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