Friday, September 29, 2006

¡piano si! ¡embargo no!

I was looking for a photo for today's post when I stumbled across Ben Treuhaft's Send a Piana to Havana project. Ben's a piano tuner who's been trying to help Cuban citizens maintain and restore pianos (termites and other wildlife are a big problem...). Unfortunately, his work has been hindered by the US embargo - and the current administration. (No surprise there, eh?!)

I really, really really want to see The Tuners' Brigade film - cleverly titled "Tuning with the Enemy" - but it's not out on DVD yet. But I'm going to get in the spirit of things by listening to the great Bebo Valdés playing a bolero medley: Se fue plus Quizás, Quizás, Quizás and finally, Aurora. (That's Cachao on bass, and the masterful Patato Valdéz on percussion.)

¡Viva la Revolución Musical!

1 comment:

blt said...

Thank you for plugging our project. Tuning With the Enemy is available bootleg (it's full of live Buena Vista Social Club music for which we have no releases) cassette or dvd: we send it and you send us an OPTIONAL $35 if you liked it, or spread it around, or both, thanks again, Ben
Ben Treuhaft
Send A Piana To Havana
pianos for schools in Cuba
39 E. 7th St., Apt. 3
New York, NY 10003
(212) 505-3173