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The Timba Revolution: Unparalleled Explosion of Musical Creativity in Modern Cuban Music!

Russell Hamer
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Course Description

When the Soviet Union collapsed at the turn of the 1990s, its economic support for Cuba collapsed. Thus began the "Special Period in Time of Peace," when Cuba faced severe economic depression. To help bolster the flow of tourism dollars to Cuba, the regime boosted funding to music conservatories and music education to promote the revitalization of the hotels and clubs. The net result was a creative explosion. Popular music began to evolve in a new direction, super-charged by classically-trained young virtuoso musicians who joined popular dance bands and poured their energies into their music. Thus, Timba was born! Similar to Salsa music, but "spice-ified" with dollops of Jazz, Funk, and Soul, blended seamlessly to create a not HOT "dish," Timba remained true to its Afro-Cuban roots, but broke new rhythmics and melodic ground! This was the "Timba Revolution." If you love Jazz, Latin Jazz, Salsa, and the Mambo-music-of-old, or if you just appreciate high levels of musicianship, you will be taken to new heights of musical ecstasy when your ears get treated to Timba!

About the Instructor

  • Russell D. Hamer, Ph.D. is a visual neuroscientist who has done research on visual perception and human visual development for more than 35 years. His pioneering work helped establish the international norms for understanding the visual world of infants starting from the moment of birth. In addition to his long science career, his background includes a deep love of music and dance, having studied Modern Dance in New York as a young man, and, more recently, Afro-Cuban dance in Havana, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. During the past 25 years, in parallel with his science career, he studied and taught Cuban Salsa Dance in the US and internationally, and, in the process, became an expert in Cuban Popular Music.