ENCUENTROS/ENCOUNTERS CONCERT. Pablo Menéndez & Mezcla: "The Sounds of Cuba Today"

UCR Department of Music and UCR ARTS

Encuentro Cubano concert and conference

Center for Iberian and Latin American Music
Walter A. Clark, director

CONCERT: Pablo Menéndez & Mezcla: "The Sounds of Cuba Today"
Under the direction of guitarist Pablo Menendez, Mezcla has been a part of the sound-track of the Cuban music scene for the past thirty years.

April 25, 2019
Thursday, 7:30 P.M.
Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts

3824 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 827-4787
Free admission.
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Mezcla brings together several veteran masters with some the best of young players on the scene today. When at home in Cuba they perform regularly at Havana's premier jazz club La Zorra y el Cuervo and at the annual Havana Jazz Festival (Jazz Plaza). Mezcla's music is a genuine celebration of the culture and musical roots of the Pearl of the Antilles. A ray of Havana sunshine that inspired Carlos Santana to call them “the cleanest, freshest water I have ever tasted!" They have issued nine recordings. Their legendary 1993 release “Cantos”–re-released in 2014–featured the late Lázaro Ros, one of Cuba's foremost singers of Afro-Cuban Yoruba santería chants. Their CD "Akimba!," was pre-nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2002 and their 2010 release, “I'll See You in C-U-B-A,” (ZOHO), was nominated for the Best of Latin Jazz Awards as were several of the group's soloists. In 2014 Mezcla released live concert DVD “Pablo Menendez & Mezcla Todos Estrellas del Jazz Cubano” (Colibri) and in February of 2015 they released the CD “Pure Mezcla” recorded live at Yoshi’s jazz club in Oakland California during their 2013 U.S. tour. Mezcla’s animated videoclip “See you in C.U.B.A.”, created by Juan Padrón and Ernesto Padrón was a finalist in the prestigious Lucas Awards in 2016.

Public parking available    
Information: (951) 827-3245  performingarts@ucr.edu  www.music.ucr.edu
Support has been provided by UCR College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and the City of Riverside


Encuentro Cubano: the fifteenth in a series of annual Encuentros/Encounters at UCR, this annual event focuses on the music of Cuba with an evening performance by the Cuban band Mezcla on April 25. The conference on April 26 features presentations by leading scholars and performers from around the United States as well as Cuba.

The Center for Iberian and Latin American Music (CILAM) was established at the UC Riverside in 2004 to foster research and performance in an interdisciplinary spirit, embracing the entire musical heritage of Iberia and Latin America. In addition to the Romero lecture series, the Center’s activities include maintaining an educational website, www.cilam.ucr.edu, and an online scholarly journal, Diagonal: An Ibero-American Music Review; sponsoring the annual Otto Mayer-Serra competition for research on Iberian and Latin American music; and organizing annual Encuentros/Encounters, featuring concerts and lectures dealing with a particular aspect of Iberian or Latin American music.  

Walter Aaron Clark, CILAM director and organizer of this year's Encuentro, earned a Ph.D. in musicology from UCLA, where he wrote his dissertation under the direction of the late Robert M. Stevenson. He is the author of books on Spanish composers Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, and Federico Moreno Torroba, all published by Oxford University Press. His book on the Romero family of guitarists just appeared from University of Illinois Press. He is also the editor or co-editor of several other books on Spanish and Latin American music.  Founding editor of the Oxford series Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music (2005-2016), he is now editor-in-chief of the UC refereed online journal Diagonal: An Ibero-American Music Review. In 2016, King Felipe VI of Spain awarded him the title Knight Commander of the Order of Isabel the Catholic.

Encuentros/Encounters 2019 is made possible by generous financial support from the UC Riverside Office of the Chancellor; the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and the Department of Music.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:30pm to 8:30pm

3824 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501

Event Type

Arts, Music & Concerts


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Prospective Students, Undergraduate Students, International Students, Transfer Students, General Public


Free and open to the public

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