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Reynaldo Maceo was granted a scholarship to study in Russia by the Cuban government for artistic merits. Graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with master Vladimir Malinin he obtained the title ‘Master of Fine Arts’ in the category of concert performer and the graduation prize in the specialty of chamber music and quartet with maestros Dimitri Shebalin and Sergei Petchugin, respectively members of the prestigious Borodín and Shostakovich quartets.

He collaborated as a soloist with the Astrakhan chamber orchestra at the Music Festival in Lima (Peru) and the Bach-Vivaldi Festival in the city of Penza (Russia) and recorded for Russian radio and television with the Samara Philharmonic Orchestra. With the symphony orchestra of Yekaterinburg he executed the Russian premiere of the violin concert of the famous violinist and Cuban composer José White.

Maceo has performed in several countries: Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, England, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Poland, Morocco, Cuba, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico etc. He has taught violin and master classes organized by the University of Getafe in Madrid and in Cali (Colombia) he was a violin teacher at the ‘Padre Soler’ conservatory in El Escorial. He has been living in Madrid since 1993 and is a member of the Community of Madrid Orchestra, with which he took part in a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Founder and first violin of Cuarteto Assai, with which he has performed in prestigious venues throughout Spain and abroad. With this quartet he participated in the recording of the soundtrack of the movie ‘Carne Tremula’ by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. On 11 April 2006 Cuarteto Assai made its debut in London playing in the prestigious Wigmore Hall.

www.cuartetoassai.net


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Having grown up in a family of musicians Douglas Vistel began to study the cello at the Conservatorio Esteban Salas in Santiago de Cuba, with teachers Sarvelio Crespo, John Givorkian and Alla Pajomova among others. He studied at the National School of Arts, a student of Alina Neyra, Michail Kustov and Alexander Zhirov. Laureate of the national competitions Alejandro Garcia Caturla and Amadeo Roldán, Vistel received a scholarship to study at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where he graduated in 1991 under the tutelage of Prof. Maria Tchaikovskaia. Semifinalist of the international competitions Jeunesses Musicales Belgrade and ‘P.I.Tchaikovski’ in Moscow.

Vistel has extensive experience as a solo cellist in chamber and symphony orchestras and chamber music festivals. Having worked in almost every musical direction – from early music to the avant-garde, as well as Latin, pop, rock and jazz – Vistel is the first Cuban cellist to play the 6 solosuites of J.S. Bach in concert. As a composer, several of his several chamber music pieces were premiered by him in the chamber concert series of the New York Philharmonic in November 2011.

His pedagogical work has included giving courses in cello and chamber music in conservatories in Germany, Spain, Cuba and Mexico. He was also a judge of the international competitions ‘Gaspar Cassadó’ (Spain) and ‘Kurt Schwaen’ (Germany) and has recorded for Russian television, for the Franco-German channel ‘Arte’ and for the record label Kreuzberg Records.

Vistel is the founder and artistic director of VISTÉL’S CelloMusikSalon, the first concert space in Berlin specializing in music for cello. VISTÉL'S CelloMusikSalon is also the only music hall of its kind in the world.

Operating from this home base and his company CubaKlassik, Vistel’s current artistic work focuses on the ‘Cello Capriccioso’ Project which employs innovative concepts like private, ‘à la carte’ and spontaneous concerts to offer its knowledgeable audience a more intimate and intense musical experience, while – at the same time – giving the less experience public the opportunity to become better acquainted with the music for the cello and deepen their knowledge and enjoyment of the richness of this instrument from the unusual and relaxed perspective of a personal conversation.

www.vistels.com/

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Douglas Vistel performing with his wife and partner, pianist Almuth Krausser-Vistel as the Duo Cello Capriccioso.

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Gustavo Corrales Romero has enjoyed 17 years of professional musical training in the solid tradition of the Russian school for piano since he was 7. Winning a national competition in Cuba at age 18, having concluded studies at the Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA)1, enabled him to study at the P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow for one year. After this he returned to Cuba to complete, at the age of 24, his studies with a Master Degree in Music, specializing in Piano at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana, where he stayed on as a professor of Piano and Chamber Music for three years.

Corrales has a special passion for contemporary music. In addition to his annual participation in the International Festival for Contemporary Music in Cuba, in 1997 he co-founded the Association for the Development of Musical Contemporary Art (SODAMC), a UNESCO-sponsored association that organized monthly meetings in Havana which included concerts, expositions and conferences, providing a platform for composers, interpreters, musicologists and visual artists; a highly applauded effort that rapidly became a significant part of the Cuban art scene. Corrales performed in all concerts.

Public performances were begun at the age of 16. Over the years Corrales acquired a vast amount of podium experience through participation in many national and international festivals and as a concert pianist in South America, the Caribbean and several countries in Europe, especially in The Netherlands where he has been living and working with his wife since 2002. He has his own production company, KyG Productions, with which he has been producing CDs, books and concerts and promoting classical and contemporary Latin American music for years.

Corrales has a special bond with several of the Cuban contemporary composers whose work he plays including his teachers and later colleagues Harold Gramatges (winner of the Spanish ‘Tomás Luis de Victoria’ prize for music in 1997) and Carlos Fariñas and the younger Keyla Orozco (USA), Eduardo Morales (Spain), Yosvani Quintero (Switzerland) and Ailem Carvajal (Italy).

His debut as a writer, ‘Los Herederos’, written in Spanish, was accepted for publication with great enthusiasm by Ediciones EntreRíos and presented at the Miami Book Fair International. In the meantime Corrales has finished his 2nd book, which is being readied for publication. After solo CD productions Palimpsesto (An evolution of the Cuban piano) and Fresco (A wide impression of Latin American classical and contemporary music) preparations are underway to produce Arioso, featuring Corrales’ suite of arrangements for piano trio of traditional Cuban songs.

www.gustavocorralesromero.com


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First picture of the joyful reunion and successful rehearsal in Berlin last week: Reynaldo Maceo, violin - Gustavo Corrales Romero, piano - Douglas Vistel, cello.

As many already know, this trip constituted a true milestone in the crowdfunding trajectory for KyG's 3rd production, the ARIOSO CD. Rehearsals took place at VISTÉL’S CelloMusikSalon in Berlin, Germany. Maceo flew in from Madrid, Corrales from The Netherlands.

We expect to publish a complete report by the end of the week.

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A special thank you to Renée Reijs. We had added her €50 donation to the off-line amount on 12 May but mentioning her slipped through the cracks.

We are very grateful, also to our most recent online backers Kees Roest and Hans Wallin, for keeping the donations going and thus helping to keep the campaign alive!

Although donations have slowed somewhat, much is happening behind the scenes and much more is planned for the campaign, so much is still possible.

EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS!

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As of today ARIOSO has a permanent promotional button on the homepage of DeConcerten.nl that will remain there until the end of the crowdfunding campaign in September!

DeConcerten.nl is an online overview of selected upcoming concerts in The Netherlands: Classical, jazz and world music.

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ARIOSO IS GOING TO BERLIN!

Concert pianist Gustavo Corrales Romero will be reuniting with violinist Reynaldo Maceo - who is flying in from Madrid - and cellist Douglas Vistel for the first time in over 20 years. WE ARE THRILLED to preannounce the ARIOSO PILOT CONCERT and crowdfunding event at Douglas Vistel’s Cello Musik Salon in Berlin on Wednesday 28 June 2017. More information to follow as it becomes available.

To our generous donors so far, once again: THANK YOU for helping us to plan this first decisive step towards the production of the ARIOSO CD.

THE TRIP TO BERLIN WILL CONSIST OF:

  1. A two-day rehearsal and discussion of the project components (CD, concert format and collaboration).
  2. A trial concert primarily targeting Douglas Vistel’s loyal audience in Berlin.
  3. An amateur video recording to ideally further promote the project.

OTHER IMPORTANT CROWDFUNDING DEVELOPMENTS:

  • Because of updated budget information we have now been able to lower the target amount from over €25.000 to €22.500.
  • Because of the trip to Berlin we have decided to move the end date of the crowdfunding campaign from mid-June to 22 September 2017.
  • In spite of some setbacks and challenges, our activities around the campaign are ongoing. Besides targeting potential big individual sponsors and as many online and offline publications as possible (particularly with an interest in Latin American music and culture in general), we are also looking at alternative funding.

EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS! There is still lots of time, but every bit NOW is also a great morale booster.

ALL INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND HERE
http://www.gustavocorralesromero.net/


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WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH to describe our gratitude.

As we explained to gracious initiator Willem Gijsels, marvelously supported by his wife Natasja Braem - in charge of catering - and host Katrien Kempenaers, it is not just about the mini concert and the additional funds it allowed us to raise (€305) for the ARIOSO CD project, besides CD sales.

Amidst all the challenges we are facing in the course of the ARIOSO crowdfunding, the great motivational boost provided by their actions and the combined warmth reflected by the audience, the donations and the reception of the music is by no means underestimated by us.

THANK YOU FOR ORGANIZING. THANK YOU FOR HOSTING. THANK YOU FOR DONATING. THANK YOU FOR BUYING OUR CDs.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TRUST and SUPPORT:

  1. Willem Gijsels & Natasja Braem and their kids, especially Gustavo's student Rieneke.
  2. Katrien Kempenaers & her parents, kids and friends.
  3. Bruce & Myriam Sheppard.
  4. Astrid Cortel.
  5. All other generous backers.

Pictures by Willem and Rieneke Gijsels. More on Facebook.

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THE CAMPAIGN IS ALIVE!

Almost a month into the Crowdfunding Campaign to produce the ARIOSO CD, promoting Latin American classical and contemporary music by contributing to the repertoires for Cuban classical piano trio and piano solo, we are happy to share this update:

  • Having received a first major contribution of €500 besides many smaller ones (from The Netherlands, US, Canada, Malaysia, Aruba and Curaçaco) we are now nearing the €2000 mark and hope to be able to initiate the first step of the project (the rehearsal in Berlin) soon.
  • Most of the major components of the campaign are now accessible in English, Spanish and Dutch, including the press page, rewards overview and Western Union instructions on the website.
  • A special ARIOSO video page was opened, on which one more video will be added soon!
  • We've successfully secured two Crowdfunding Mini-concerts; one in Utrecht on 20 May, open to the general public; one private living room concert on 24 May.

WE'RE GETTING GREAT COMMENTS FROM OUR SUPPORTERS


HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • Donate, of course! Any amount helps. Small amounts help keep the campaign alive, are a great boost and great vote of confidence for us AND may inspire others to give, also by promoting our credibility. Big amounts will help ensure that we realize this project that we are more passionate about than any project since we met in 1999...
  • We're looking for other potential Crowdfunding mini-concert hosts in a location with a baby grand piano to provide a FREE concert including a taste of ARIOSO by me, within the duration of the campaign (through 15 June 2017).
  • An article in a newspaper or other news medium or blog could make a huge difference, so we're also looking for interested journalists. We are of course avidly researching this and approaching reporters ourselves.
  • Another action that we are taking this week is a targeted sponsor approach for hopefully larger donations, as well as the pursuit of other CD funding avenues, to cover all our bases.


THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TO PROMOTE

THE OTHER SOUND OF CUBA!

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Join us (if you can) for our next crowdfunding event in Utrecht:

GUSTAVO CORRALES ROMERO

Dips into his repertoire of Latin American classical and contemporary music and provides a taste of his 3rd CD ARIOSO that he is currently doing a crowdfunding for.

TIME 20:00-21:00 (Restaurant open 11:00-00:00)

PLACE Het Muzieklokaal

ADDRESS De Bemuurde Weerd Oostzijde 13, 3514 AN, Utrecht

ADMITTANCE Free. Consumptions are expected.

ABOUT HET MUZIEKLOKAAL

Het Muzieklokaal is a food and music tasting establishment that combines small and large sweet and savory bites (cakes, bread, snacks, salads) with classical music.

They have a live music program on Thursdays and Sundays and are making an exception so Gustavo can give this performance on Saturday 20 May.

DINNER RESERVATIONS (as of 6 people) 030 721 0831

MENU Find it here.

Click here for complete details.


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Gracias! Thank you. We are working very hard and you are helping to make it all worthwhile. And good begets good.

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Saludos! We salute you. You earn one brand-new ARIOSO CD mailed to you without additional cost wherever you are.

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Fantástico! For you we have reserved the new ARIOSO CD AND one FRESCO CD!

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Excelentísimo! May we present you with all of our CDs: PALIMPSESTO, FRESCO and the new ARIOSO!

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Bravísimo! We hope you will accept two copies of each of our CDs; one authographed especially for you, the other to share the joy of PALIMPSESTO, FRESCO and the new ARIOSO with someone else.

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ESTUPENDO! You of course also get the 3 CDs, twice! Check out your other rewards on http://www.gustavocorralesromero.net/REWARDS.html

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……..! We are speechless. Check out your other rewards on http://www.gustavocorralesromero.net/REWARDS.html

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THANK YOU! Hans Wallin for your generous donation and interest in KyG’s music overall... Mr. Wallin is the first person to receive a complex KyG composition for potential performance other than ourselves.

KyG Productions Karen Russel and Gustavo Corrales Romero

Posted On Jun 21, 2017

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HANS WALLIN

Backed with €25.00 On Jun 20, 2017

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THANK YOU KEES ROEST for keeping the momentum in our online donations! Some backers are extra-special to us - this is one of them.

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Posted On Jun 08, 2017

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Kees Roest

Backed with €50.00 On Jun 08, 2017

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THANK YOU TO EVERINE DIRKSZ AND ALL OUR SPONSORS BIG AND SMALL FOR YOUR HEARTWARMING SUPPORT!

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Posted On May 15, 2017

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THANK YOU TO AIMEE POVEDA (and LIUVAN CORRALES) for backing us once again! A SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO OUR FAMILY, who clearly want us to succeed. THANK YOU FOR THAT EXTRA BOOST!

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Posted On May 15, 2017

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Everine Dirksz

Backed with €10.00 On May 15, 2017

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Aimee Poveda

Backed with €100.00 On May 13, 2017

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Thank you to our most appreciated anonymous donors and to Xavier Lobao, both for your generous donation and your encouraging, supportive comments - it gives us the strength to continue the campaign!

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Posted On Apr 28, 2017

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Go for the self-funded artistic creation! Gustavo is a fantastic pianist and has made a wonderful set of compositions and arrangements. I'm looking forward to a successful campaign and to have the new CD in my hands

Xavier Lobao

Backed with €50.00 On Apr 27, 2017

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