About the Artist

Grammy Award winner Juan de Marcos González is a central figure in Cuban music. His work with the Afro-Cuban All Stars, the Buena Vista Social Club, Ruben González, Ibrahim Ferrer, Sierra Maestra, and others has made an extraordinary contribution to raising the profile of Cuban music throughout the world.

Announcements

  • If you missed the live stream of A Celebration Event with Legendary Cuban Musician Juan de Marcos and Friends on December 8, we are thrilled to share the video footage with you!

  • Check out our photo album for some great shots of A Celebration Event with Legendary Cuban Musician Juan de Marcos and Friends!
  • The video footage from the Juan de Marcos weekly lecture series are now available to stream online!

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Course

  • Juan de Marcos González will teach a lecture course in the fall of 2015 called Afro-Cuban Music: Roots, Jazz, Hip Hop


    Music Production: Afro-Cuban & Hip Hop Music is a 1 credit production course for students interested in recording original music based on the material presented in Juan de Marcos González's lecture course.
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Events

  • 09 13

    Cuban String Ensemble: Performance Workshop with Gliceria González Abreu commences—registration deadline September 6

    UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies | Workshop fee: $50
    Sundays through October 18 | Register online or by phone at 608-262-2451 Humanities 1321 | 455 N Park St

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  • 09 15

    Residency Kick-off and Welcome with performance by The New Breed featuring Eric Siereveld
    Cardinal Bar | 418 E Wilson St

    (Photo by Jess Horn for Tone Madison)

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  • 09 19

    Madison World Music Festival, featuring performance by Pellejo Seco
    From Algeria to Ethiopia, South Korea to Cuba and beyond, the 12th Annual Madison World Music Festival has many styles and groups to explore and enjoy, each bringing something unique to the table.
    Founded in the East Bay area of California in 2004 by Ivan Camblor, various critics have heralded Pellejo Seco as the next Buena Vista Social Club. This eclectic group has its roots in traditional Cuban music. The group intertwines progressive fusion rock, jazz, Latin pop, Brazilian, flamenco, and Afro-Cuban music for a creative sound. Juan de Marcos González will introduce the group and join them for a few songs on stage.
    World Music Stage, Willy Street Fair | 900 block, Williamson Street

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  • 09 22

    Lecture featuring Pellejo Seco: "Cuban Son"
    Origins and evolution of the Son Complex. Topics covered will include: Quiriba, Nengon, Regina, Changui, Son Montuno. Original Sones Sextets and Septets; Havana and Santiago de Cuba styles; Son Habanero; main performers; patterns
    Music Hall | 925 Bascom Mall 

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  • 09 29

    Lecture featuring the Afro-Cuban All Stars: "Evolution of Popular Cuban Music"
    Topics covered will include: Afro-Cuban Big Bands and Conjunto Ensembles; main performers; Miguelito Valdes, Arsenio Rodriguez; genres; contemporary son; Timba; patterns
    Music Hall | 925 Bascom Mall

    (Photo by Malu Zayon)

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  • 10 02

    Afro-Cuban All Stars Concert
    Overture Center for the Arts | 201 State St
    Tickets: $25-40 | available online or call 608-258-4141

    (Photo by Roger Hennum)

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  • 10 06

    Lecture: "Africanism in Cuban Music"
    Topics covered will include: the Afro-Cuban liturgical music; the Rule of Osha; the Abakuá, Bantu and Arara Religions; the music, patterns, and concept of Clave; secular music; the Rumba Complex: Guaguanco, Yambú, Columbia. Guarapachangueo; Congas y Comparsas
    Fredric March Play Circle, Memorial Union | 800 Langdon St 

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  • 10 13

    Lecture:"The Danzón and Cuban Social Dance"
    Topics covered will include: the binarization of the ternary rhythms; Danza, Contradanza (habanera); origins of the Danzon; main composers and performers; the Charanga ensemble; the Danzon Complex; evolution; sung Danzon, Danzonete, Cha cha cha, Mambo; patterns.
    Fredric March Play Circle, Memorial Union | 800 Langdon St 

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  • 10 18

    Performance by students of Gliceria González’s Cuban String Ensemble: Performance Workshop and by Madison’s Charanga Agozá. Includes lecture by Juan de Marcos
    Immanuel Lutheran Church | 1021 Spaight St

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  • 10 20

    Lecture featuring Telmary Diaz: "Hip Hop in Cuba"
    Topics covered will include: Belafonte, Castro and the Black Panthers; background and evolution; the Alamar Rap Festival; first remarkable groups; the Association Hermanos Saiz and the Cuban Rap Agency; decline of the Hip Hop and the Reggaeton Revolution
    Fredric March Play Circle, Memorial Union | 800 Langdon St 

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  • 10 22

    Telmary Diaz featured at Passin’ the Mic

    "Indigenous Traditions, Multilingual Voices in Hip Hop Today: A Panel Discussion"
    featuring Frank Waln, Telmary Diaz, J. Ivy and Baba Israel
    Moderated by Dr. Kyle T. Mays (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill)

    Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) | omai.wisc.edu
    Overture Center for the Arts, Promenade Hall | 201 State St

    (Photo by Rainer Soegrtrop)

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  • 10 23

    Telmary Diaz featured at Passin’ the Mic

    "Celebrating Ten Years of OMAI: A Showcase Featuring Guest Artists"

    Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) | omai.wisc.edu
    Overture Center for the Arts, Promenade Hall | 201 State St

    (Photo by Rainer Soegrtrop)

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  • 10 24

    Telmary Diaz featured at Passin’ the Mic

    "Showcase Performance: Indigenous Traditions, Multilingual Voices"
    with Telmary Diaz, Frank Waln, J. Ivy, and First Wave artists and the Midwest Youth Hip Hop All Stars

    Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) | omai.wisc.edu
    Overture Center for the Arts, Promenade Hall | 201 State St

    (Photo by Rainer Soegrtrop)

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  • 10 25

    Wisconsin Science Festival, featuring performance by the UW-Madison Latin Jazz Ensemble
    The UW-Madison Latin Jazz Ensemble is a small student ensemble performing music of the Latin-American jazz diaspora, with an emphasis on the rhythmic traditions of Cuba. Directed by Eric Siereveld, the ensemble will perform material arranged for them by Juan de Marcos González, who will be in attendance to present the ensemble's performance.
    For event times and location see wisconsinsciencefest.org
    Discovery Building | 330 N. Orchard St 

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  • 11 03

    Lecture: "European Influence on Cuban Popular Music"
    Topics covered will include: The peasant folk music; Punto Cubano; different styles; Fijo, Corrido, Cruzado, Espirituano, Camagueyano; Tonada Menor; the Cuban Songbook; songwriting and its evolution; traditional Trova; Filin (feeling); Nueva Trova
    Fredric March Play Circle, Memorial Union | 800 Langdon St 

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  • 11 10

    Lecture: "Cuban Composers: 18th Century to Today"
    Topics covered will include: The music of Esteban Salas and Jorge Paris; the Cuban Symphonic Music and its evolution in the Twentieth  Century; Amadeo Roldán and the use of the Afro-cuban liturgic music; Alejandro Garcia-Caturla; Jose Ardevol and the Musical Renovation Group; contemporary composers
    Fredric March Play Circle, Memorial Union | 800 Langdon St 

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  • 12 08

    During the evening, performances by UW-Madison students will highlight Juan de Marcos’ teaching throughout the semester. Three students from Juan de Marcos’ “Music Production:Afro-Cuban and Hip Hop Music”course will present original material and the School of Music’s Jazz Orchestra, Latin Jazz Ensemble and World Percussion Ensemble will perform musical compositions written by Juan de Marcos. Additionally, legendary hip hop artist Kurtis Blow will make a special guest appearance and the top three finalists of the Madison’s Schools Got Talent competition will perform on campus.

    Please note: Seating is limited!

    Stream the event, live: go.wisc.edu/juandemarcosvideos

    Fredric March Play Circle, Memorial Union | 800 Langdon St 

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