Havana, Cuba –November 21, 2007: For its sixth edition, the KoSA Cuba Workshops decided to spice things up in a different way by offering participants the unique opportunity to discover the Cuban rhythms and culture of the province of Matanzas, Cuba. “KoSA Cuba 2007: The Matanzas Project” was a thorough exploration of Cuban roots – Matanzas’ style. Like many nations, Cuba’s provinces have distinctive traits which flavor their way of life. This can be seen and felt in their art and music. The province of Matanzas is truly a cultural ; something quickly realized by KoSA Cuba participants coming from North America and Europe.
The unforgettable week-long event included both master classes and intimate hands-on classes with Cuban greats. Nightly concerts were mind boggling – the level of talent indescribable as was the humility of the musicians. This year’s distinguished faculty included: Giraldo Piloto (Klimax) on drumset, Miguelon Rodriguez (Mestizaje) on drumset, conga and timbales, El Peje (Chucho Valdez) on drumset, and a new powerhouse drummer in Cuba – Rodney Barreto. Conga artists Julio Lopez Sanchez (Klimax), Forbès (Mestizaje), Jesús and Freddy from (Los Moniquitos de Matanzas) left a lasting impression on the participants. Timbale specialist Amadito Valdez (of the famed ensemble The Buena Vista Social Club ) gave a most interesting historical lecture on the evolution of drums and rhythms in Cuba. KoSA Cuba participants also had the chance to go to Havana to continue classes there and then they were back to the province of Matanzas in Varadero, Cuba where they enjoyed staying at a 4-star hotel while treated to Giraldo Piloto’s dazzling ensemble “Klimax”. Finally, a highlight of the event included a specially arranged two-day residency at the studio of the famed group – Los Moniquitos de Matanzas – an experience that soon will not be forgotten.
The KoSA Cuba International Percussion Workshops is directed by Aldo Mazza and coordinated by Dr. Jolán Kovács-Mazza. Plans are already under way for next years festival held at the end of October 2008. The event will be open to the international community and will be held in collaboration with the Havana Drum Festival. For more information about the Havana International Drum Festival and to find out how to register for the KoSA Cuba Workshops held in Havana, Cuba (October 2008), for more info and to register for future KoSA events, CD and DVD purchases, please visit our website http://www.kosamusic.com.