Drawing at a House Concert
The theme for this particular evening was Cuban Classical Music, poetry, and writing. There is a tradition in Cuba of beautiful Classical music, very different from Salsa, Rumba, and other sounds which one typically associates with the island.
There was a large gathering of many Cuban-Americans that live in NYC, maybe 30 people. It was a fairly large apartment, one room had a grand piano, another room enough seating for about 20 people.
There were a couple of readings. One reading was of poetry by Oscar Hijuelos, Author of 'Mambo Kings', which was made into the Hollywood film several years ago. The other reading was by Mirta Ojito, an excerpt of her book titled "Finding Mañana", a memoir about her life in Cuba and her flight to America during the 1980 Mariel boatlift. This is a beautiful book, I read it this year and loved it because her story mirrors much of my own. I highly recommend it.
I brought my sketchbook to the event and drew as the concert proceeded from one song to the other. I had a wonderful time.