Want to travel down memory lane with one of the indisputable giants in Cuban music? Come share an evening with 14-Grammy Award-winner Paquito D’Rivera, who will speak live about his life and times during a career than spans six decades! A master narrator in his own right, Mr. D’Rivera will give the audience an inside scoop in this New York City launching of his latest memoir, Letters to Yeyito: Lessons from a Life in Music.
But an evening of vintage Paquito would not be complete without including his latest addition to his rich recording portfolio, Jazz Meets the Classics (Latin Grammy 2015), an invigorating blend of influences—jazz, classical, and Afro-Cuban—that have made him the musician he is today. Both the book and the CD will be available for purchase, with Paquito’s signature at your request!
This intimate chat with the Paquito D’Rivera will be moderated in Spanish by Cuban writer Enrique del Risco. Simultaneous translation will be available through earphones.
Writer, professor, and blogger Enrique del Risco has a Master’s in Cuban history from the University of Havana and a Ph.D in Latin American literature from New York University. His doctoral thesis was published under the title Elogio de la levedad. Mitos nacionales cubanos y sus reescrituras literarias en el siglo XX (Madrid, 2008). His essays have been published in leading academic journals in the U.S., Mexico, and Spain, as well as in several anthologies, including, among others, Guayaba Sweet. Literatura cubana en Estados Unidos (Cádiz, 2003) Known for his mordant wit and original take on current affairs, he is the author of several short-story collections, including Pérdida y recuperación de la inocencia (La Habana, 1994), Lágrimas de cocodrilo (Cádiz, 1998), Leve Historia de Cuba (Los Ángeles, 2007) and ¿Qué pensarán de nosotros en Japón? (Sevilla, 2008, V Premio Iberoamericano Cortes de Cádiz) and of the non-fiction books Siempre nos quedará Madrid (Nueva York, 2012) and Enrisco para presidente (Nueva York, 2014). He presently teaches in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University.
When: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00pm
Where: Instituto Cervantes, 211 East 49th Street, New York, NY 10017
Admission: Free for members of Instituto Cervantes or CCCNY, $20 for non-members