Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- May 31, 2002
Cal State L.A. to Offer New Degree Option in Afro-Latin
The CSULA Afro-Latin Ensemble recently completed an extraordinary one-week
stay in Cuba, where California State University, Los Angeles students
rehearsed, received private lessons and performed two concerts. The
first concert took place in the town of Pinar del Rio, alongside Orquesta
Cumbre. The second was in Havana, where the students opened for NG La
Banda at La Casa de la Musica de Egrem, the most important salsa-performing
venue in the city. The award-winning student ensemble is the first musical
group from the United States dedicated primarily to the performance
of Cuban music to be invited to perform in Cuba.
The Department of Music at Cal State L.A. is proud to announce a new
Master of Music degree option in Afro-Latin Music to be offered Fall
Quarter 2002. As part of this option, Cal State L.A. students will be
required to take courses in "History of Afro-Latin Music,"
"Advanced Arranging for Afro-Latin Ensembles," as well as
"Seminars in Afro-Latin Music."
An essential part of this program is performing in the CSULA Afro-Latin
Ensemble and in the Latin Percussion Ensemble. Within this setting,
the students will perform music from the major musical cultures of Latin
America including Cuba, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
They will also benefit from the experience of appearing at concerts
In the past years, the CSULA Afro-Latin Ensemble (formerly, the CSULA
Latin Jazz Ensemble) has performed with a range of guest artists, including
Edgardo Cambón, Danilo Lozano, José Antonio Rodriguez,
Frank Emilio Flynn, Carlos Puerto, Bobby Rodriguez, Ismael Quintana
"Changuito," and Pancho Terry. The CSULA Latin Jazz Ensemble
has been recognized as one of the best student ensembles in California
performing Latin jazz, salsa, and Afro-Cuban music.
The Cal State L.A. students also have participated in a variety of master
classes and lectures from prominent musicologists and musicians, such
as Olavo Alen, Joaquin Betancourt, Rigoberto Lopez, Bobby Shew, and
Los Muñequitos de Matanzas.
This new M.M. option in Afro-Latin Music, which comprises a core of
35 units, will provide advanced student musicians the opportunity to
learn traditional as well as contemporary Latin styles and to hone their
skills as performers, composers and arrangers.
For more information on the new M.M. option, contact coordinator Paul
De Castro, Music Department, Cal State L.A., at (323) 343-4079.