Son Workshop | Cuba Travel & Trips

Son Workshop


Son workshop, presented by El Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Pineiro, the Cuban group created in 1927 by Ignacio Pineiro Martinez, which is credited with popularizing the “son” musical style. This septet is the oldest ensemble that continues to perform in Cuba, and continues to create new music while respecting its roots. El Septeto Nacional has had a significant influence on Cuban music, and Ignacio Pineiro was one of the most prolific composers in Cuban history, with over three-hundred songs to his credit. Two of his most famous songs, “Echale Salsita,” and “Suavecito” are “son” staples, and still popular to this day.  In the 1930’s Pineiro added a trumpet to his sextet, and thus created the signature sound of Cuban “soneros” for history. The SeptetoPineiro was nominated for a Grammy in 2004, and won a Cuba Disco in 2016. They have performed in the United States on several occasions, including their most recent visit in January 2016, and have played in Chicago, Miami, New York City, Phoenix, San Francisco, and across the globe, from Japan to Russia.


The famous septet is currently on its fourth generation of musicians, and this workshop will include a live performance by the group. You will have the opportunity to meet the members of the Septet, and ask them questions. Members include Frank Oropesa who is the director, and the groups singer with his signature voice, Eugenio “El Raspa” Rodriguez. The Septet has shared the stage with such notable musicians as Tata Guiness, Rene Alvarez, and Ray Barretto. A history of the Septet and of Ignacio Pineiro himself start this workshop, and it is followed by unforgettable live music. This is a 3-4 hour event.