Vocal Workshop with Amalais Rodriguez Parra

Thursday, August 10, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Ostin Music Center - Ensemble Room 110A

Direct from Cuba!

See below for additional information.


Free and open to the public, on a first-come, first-served basis.


(310) 825-5947



Additional Information

Amalais Rodriguez Parra will be featured in a workshop/conversation focusing on her work as a singer in Cuba and her interpretation of the Cuban styles including son, bolero, and other popular forms of music, which she will demonstrate.

Ms. Rodriguez Parra is the lead vocalist for the Cuban group Septeto Sonido V, which interprets a diverse repertoire of music in Havana and other parts of Cuba. She began her artistic career at an early age and has performed with a wide variety of musical ensembles in Cuba. She was a vocalist in Compañía Opera de La Calle (Street Opera Company) of Havana, Orquesta Chamizo y La Opcion O (popular music), Teatro Lirico (Lyric Theater), and currently is lead vocalist for Septeto Sonido V.

This dynamic group specializes in the unique Cuban son and bolero styles, but with a very distinct style and variety of genres not only from Cuba, but from Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and the United States.

The group also performs original pieces and last year released its second CD on the Cuban EGREM label. The arrangements the musicians have assembled weave aspects of jazz, popular rock styles, and rhythm and blues into the Cuban son structure. This feature of the group is quite distinct from many of the other son groups in Cuba, as Sonido V incorporates many innovative and intricate chord progressions and vocal parts into its arrangements.

Presented by the UCLA Center for Latino Arts and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

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