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Baseball Culture In Cuba With Sony Artisan Ira Block

Don’t miss the opening program for photojournalist and Sony Artisan Ira Block whose vivid images offer iconic glimpses of Cuba’s love for baseball, a passion in common with America. Block’s imagery captures a wide variety of baseball players—men, women and children—photographed over the last three years. With the 2016 death of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, Block’s photographs capture a remarkable time period in breath-taking colors. “Baseball: Culture of Cuba” will be on display in the 8th-floor gallery and 3rd floor at the Central Library from November 2 to December 30.

With an opening performance by Trio Cubay!

Trio Cubay bases its repertoire essentially on sones, guarachas and boleros with a hint of rumba, cha-cha-cha, changüí and latin jazz. As a result of the versatility of its members, the trio incorporates other Cuban and Caribbean genres into their music.

Cubay is a musical project founded on May 2015 in Seattle, Washington by Alfredo Polier (voice and minor percussion) and Javier Maru (voice and guitar), initially as a duo. Later on, Cubay teamed up with Lalo Bello (percussion), which resulted in extending the project to a trio. Today, Cubay is capable of appearing as a quartet or quintet as well.

Cubay recreates its music on analogies of popular Cuban melodies, representing how the roots of the native flavor which originated from the largest island of the Antilles. Their harmonization (always in pair of voices) forms a "contrapunteo" game that easily moves from traditional harmonies to modern and back again.