Eyes of the Masters featuring Pablo Menendez

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The Eyes of the Masters series is a special class where legendary artists share their experiences, knowledge and insights into the world of music both as an art form and as a business.

The music of Pablo Menéndez is as unique a thing on the Cuban landscape as is the man himself. No doubt, the fact that he is a United States citizen living in Cuba for over 30 years has influenced his musical choices, which have in turn influenced many young Cuban musicians. Born Paul Menéndez in Oakland, California, in 1966 Pablo moved to Cuba at age 14 in order to spend a year studying at the new Escuela Nacional de Arte, or National Art School in Havana, the prototype for schools which today train the cream of Cuba's high school-age artists. He stayed on to marry and raise a family, and to become very involved in the emergence of the new Cuban popular music scene of the 1960s and beyond.

Since 1985 Menéndez has led the popular group Mezcla, in addition to engaging in other musical pursuits.

Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance Space, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 5th floor

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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