Saturday, August 3, 2024

Cuban Son Workshops
Carlos Mateu

Workshops Schedule

Saturday August 3rd, 2024

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Clave & Musicality
in Cuban Son

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Cuban Son
Dancing Workshop

At the Dance Complex, Studio 1
536 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA 02139

About Carlos Mateu

Carlos Mateu, born and raised in Havana, Cuba, has been inspired by a rich culture of art and music since childhood. He studied visual arts at The National Academy of Fine Art in Havana, and worked as a model maker, illustrator, designer of fair and exhibitions.

Although an artist-painter by trade, he grew up in Cuba in a vibrant musical atmosphere, surrounded by musicians and composers. His great grandfather was Obdulio Villa (A.K.A. Pabellón), pioneer of Jazz and Cuban music in Austria and one of the most famous Cuban saxophonists of the 1920’s, who played worldwide with Moises Simon’s band, composer of the internationally known song “The Peanut Vendor.”

Dancing came hand in hand with this native musical education, which was a part of any and all social gatherings. Carlos learned to dance to traditional Cuban music (Danzon, Son, Chachachá, etc.) from his grandparents. Later he dedicated himself to the study of the theory and history of Cuban music, and participated in lectures, discussions, and performances held by UNEAC (National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba) with leading musicologists such as Helio Orovio, author of the “Encyclopedia of Cuban Music”.

In NY, Carlos has danced with a number of local dance groups like Team Timba, leaded by Karim Noak and companies as Areytos Performance Group lead by Sita Frederick. Also served as a consultant for Sita Frederick’s theatrical production “What Do You Dance On?”.

Teaching dance and musicology workshops at The University of Massachusetts, You Should Be Dancing Studio, at Harbor Conservatory of Music, American Museum of National History, Alvin Ailey as a guest visual artist and dancer of Oyu Oro Afro Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble lead by Danys Perez “La Mora”. He was at The NY Salsa Congress 2012 representing The Roots of Salsa lead by the Dancer and Choreographer Maykel Fonts.

In 2015 Carlos founded his performance group Herencia D’Cuba and the same year the group won the second prize at Concurso Folclórico Latino Americano sponsor by Desfile de La Hispanidad. In 2016. Carlos was invited to perform and teach for Ritmo Cuba Fest 2016 in Havana. He also performed with his performance group at Teatro Gaia celebrating its 15th Anniversary. In 2017 he was exhibiting his art, performing, and teaching dance at Museum of the City of New York as part of the exhibition Rhythm & Power.

He has been invited to share the stage on more than one occasion with Septeto Nacional de Cuba “Ignacio Piñeiro” at Aaron Davis Hall and Hostos Community College, with Conjunto Chappotin at Midsummer Night Swing 2015, with Septeto Santiaguero at Midsummer Night Swing 2016, Maykel Blanco at Rubenstein Atrium Papillion at Lincoln Center, Orquesta Los Van Van at Midsummer Night Swing 2019, etc.

He has appeared in several films produced by Derrick León Washington such as, Rhythm and Power in 2019, “Dreams & Defiance: Latin Dance Vs. The World” in 2021, and the recently, Román Díaz “Como el Agua”, produced by Onel Mulet in 2023.

Carlos is also considered a poet, and has been writing décimas that have been part of performances where they have been set to music. His voice and poetry were recorded as the introduction to the tribute of musician Juan Carlos Formell at Joe’s Pub this year 2024.

Actually Carlos works as a teaching artist of social Cuban dances and visual art for several organizations in New York City as Groundswell Community Mural, City Lore, Henry Street Settlement, etc.


$20 for the Musicality Workshop (1 hour)
$35 for the Dance Workshop (2 hours)
$45 for both workshops through July 27
$50 for both workshops after July 27

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