The Ars Longa Ancient Music Ensemble
Ars Longa is the most prestigious early music organization in Cuba. They are described by Journal Sentinel as “a chamber ensemble, folk singers, and big band rolled into one.” The ensemble is known for its fresh, animated, perpetual-motion performances that will have you tapping your foot, laughing, and dancing with the performers.
The group was created by Teresa Paz and Aland López in 1994 and has been part of the Historical Office of the City of Havana since 1995. The group has dedicated its work to the interpretation, study, and research of various eras and styles of music from the Middle Ages to the Baroque. The music of the viceroyalty period in the Americas–approximately the 15th century–occupies an especially important place within Ars Longa’s repertoire as the oldest Cuban musical style.
Since its inception, Ars Longa has performed regularly in some of Cuba’s most prestigious concert halls, as well as many prominent national and international festivals and events in Spain, Italy, France, Sweden, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Venezuela, Mexico, and Ecuador. Ars Longa has interpreted and recorded historical versions of the music of Esteban Salas (Cuba, 1725-1803), maestro de capilla of the Chapel of Santiago de Cuba from 1764 to 1803. As an active promoter of the interpretation of ancient music in Cuba, Ars Longa is the host group of the Esteban Salas Early Music Festival, which is held every year in Havana.
The ensemble has been the recipient of many prizes and praises from music critics in Cuba and such places as France, and publications such as the Times and Scherzo Magazine. They are also a seven-time recipient of the Cubadisco award, the highest award in Cuban discography.
Visit Ars Longa online
(this page is in Spanish; we recommend using the Google Chrome browser’s Translate tool)
Baroque Music of Cuba and the New World – February 24, 2018