As seen on TV, this award-winning documentary captures a musical Cuba never before seen. Telling the story of the musicians of the chamber orchestra, the Camerata Romeu
(a young female first-cousin of Buena Vista Social Club), this special film, seen on PBS, features ten beautiful musicians, playing the harmonies of Cuba and demonstrating the power of music to cross the boundaries of nation, gender, and time.
By turns funny, angry, lyrical, and moving, Cuba Mia takes us into the lives of these dedicated musicians, as they juggle a fierce rehearsal schedule (they play everything from memory) with everyday life and relationships, offering a slice of Cuban life seldom seen on the world's screens. Theirs are young lives filled with dreams and sacrifices, victories and defeats, numbing work and moments of genius. Amazingly talented, incredibly beautiful, Cuban to the core, this DVD is filled with dazzling faces and fiery performances that will both astonish and delight.
The Camerata Romeu is led by Zenaida Romeu, one of the world's most gifted conductors, who was born into a family of Cuban performers and composers spanning several generations. They are a string orchestra that plays everything from Mozart and Classical to World music, from their native folk songs to fiery renditions of a new Cuban music that incorporates the island's popular rhythms taken from Africa, Spain, and Latin American Indians. Their perfect blend of multiple violins, cello, and bass creates a sound all their own. Whether thrilling audiences in small Cuban towns, playing to packed houses in the U.S. and Europe, or performing in their stunning Basilica in Old Havana, these outrageously gifted women play with a joy and passion that defies description.
This award-winning film, directed by Cecilia Domeyko, the creator of dozens of films capturing the Hispanic experience in the U.S. and Latin America, is an inspiration, matching stirring music with brilliant editing and memorable images, creating a celebration of talent, courageousness, imagination, and dedication. A multiple award winner, Cuba Mia: Portrait of an All-Woman Orchestra captures the lives, music, and harmonies of the Cuban soul.
Zenaida Romeu: Conductor/Founder
Yadira Cobo: Violin
Yescenia Fales: Cello
Yohima Fernandez: Viola
Anolan Gonzalez: Viola
Veronica Reyes: Violia
Lianne Lastre: Percussion
Dayren Santamaria: Violin
Caridad Zaldivia: Bass
DVD BONUS FEATURES:
Complete Spanish Version
Bonus Video Concert Performance
Bonus Music: 5 Additional Songs from the Camerata Romeu
Cafe L.A. Radio Interview & Performance
The Making Of Cuba Mia Featurette
About the Camerata Romeu
Awards & Distinctions
Over 30 Scene Selections
Dolby Stereo Audio
About the Actor
, founder of the Camerata Romeu
and one of the world's few female conductors, was born into a family of Cuban performers and composers spanning several generations. She created her orchestra in 1992, and it has blossomed into an accomplished group of all-female instrumentalists, playing a variety of music ranging from Mozart to traditional Cuban, all with their own distinct and youthful flavor. The musical focus of the orchestra is playing European style classical music while drawing on the Spanish, African and Latin American Indian rhythms that are popular throughout the island of Cuba.
They have played all over Cuba, both in the large cities like Havana and small country towns. They have also been privileged to receive a tremendously warm response from enthralled audiences while on tour in the United States, Latin America and Europe. Despite the everyday hardships of life in Cuba, scarcity of musical supplies and quality instruments, injuries and insecurities, this group of women, who are also busy housewives, mothers and students, have created an original sound that displays their tremendous musical gifts for the world to see. They have two highly acclaimed CDs, Cuba Mia and La Bella Cubana, and are currently in the studio recording their third album.