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By William Villaverde
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About

Cuban Memoirs is an album I recorded with the complete piano music by distinguished Cuban composer Andrés Alén. Alen's works are characterized by a unique fusion of Cuban dance, jazz, and classical genres. His works have been performed by such legendary Cuban musicians as Arturo Sandoval and Paquito D’ Rivera, among others. Alen has been described as “one of Cuba’s most complete musicians.” I studied with Alen for 8 years in Cuba and wrote my doctoral dissertation on all his piano music. This album represents a moment in my life full of discoveries and enjoyment of music. I'm very happy to be able to share with you the music of this sophisticated Cuban composer through this album, which is so personal to me.  The album will be released in July by the Delos record label and I'm seeking your support to cover the manufacturing and production costs of the album. Cuban Memoirs will allow Alen's keyboard music to finally getting the international exposure that it so richly deserves. I sincerely thank you for your interest and support!

 Andres Alen's CD endorsement:

As a composer, I’m always surprised when listening to my music as performed by other musicians, with their different approaches that are sometimes new and unexpected. I certainly find this process to be very interesting and challenging. But the truth is that I am somehow happiest when hearing performances of my works that are as close as possible to the original ideas that inspired them. It’s almost like when I “heard” them for the first time in my head before even writing them down. This composer performer affinity is exactly what I feel when listening to William Villaverde’s recording. Because of his unique knowledge of classical, jazz and Cuban music genres, he truly understands the nature of my works, bringing out the different styles and effects in the proper places and combining them seamlessly into a coherent whole. His brilliant technique and interpretive skills do the rest to achieve great performances of my music. Thank you, William.

—Andrés Alén

Risks and challenges

I am looking forward to completing this project. The CD will be released by the Delos record label and I'm hoping to be able to raise the necessary funds to support the release costs. Not raising the required funds is my biggest risk at this time.

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    If you are not in the DFW metroplex, travel & lodging must be provided. Please get in touch for details (to be fulfilled between September 2018 and May 2019.)
    - A 1-hour Skype piano lesson with me (or Q & A with topic of choice). The lesson will be fulfilled between July - December 2018.
    - A digital copy of the performance guide and annotated bibliography for all piano works in the Cuban Memoirs album ( extracted from my doctoral dissertation of Andres Alen's piano works).
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