Fay Roberts' Orquesta Charangoa.



Flutist/bandleader Fay Roberts established Orquesta Charangoa in 1997 in Los Angeles, inspired by the teachings of the legendary Cuban flutist/composer Richard Egües. Roberts traveled to Cuba to study with Egües and returned home with enough music and inspiration to form an authentic Cuban charanga band. This classically trained flutist follows the traditional style of early popular Cuban dance orchestras, a genre called charanga, which was developed from the contradanza criolla string ensembles of Cuban elite society. The instrumentation of a charanga ensemble consists of a lead flute, violins, and a rhythm section of congas, timbal, güiro, piano and bass, plus vocal harmonies. Roberts, who earned a B.A. in Music from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), is a Yamaha Instruments...

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