On the 26th of march of 2016 Ernesto Fernandez completed the last requirement for his doctoral degree from the University of Miami – Frost School of Music. It was a privilege to be there, at one of the best presentations of Cuban Music I have seen in recent times. I have followed the development of this young man since his arrival in our community from Cuba (after several years in the Dominican Republic). His talent is natural and he has cultivated it by immersing himself in the music and the tradition.
His concert/recital was dedicated to the “Charanga Sound”; where the flute is the main protagonist. It was filled with the tradition of the Danzon, Danzonete, Cha-cha-cha and other Cuban genres where the flute might not be typically expected, but where he very tastefully added it. If you like Cuban music, the flute and the Charanga; this is a young man to watch. There is a great tradition established by those who have played the “Cuban Flute”, Richard Egues, Jose Fajardo, Eddy Zervigon and the list is long! With Ernesto Fernandez the future of the Cuban Flute and the Charanga sound, is in very good hands.
“Que flauta y que sabor”!
PS: I managed to record the last two songs of his presentation with a smartphone (video quality is nominal); but the music can be appreciated. Listen and enjoy.
As Ernesto would say, #Palante