Originally scheduled to be on our series in March, 2020, this Cuban ensemble will finally make its long-awaited Northwest debut. The group, made up of entirely Cuban musicians, presents a creative fusion of colonial baroque and indigenous traditions, drawing on repertoire from the archives of the Havana Cathedral. Ars Longa was founded by Teresa Paz and Aland López in 1994 and is dedicated to the interpretation, study and research of different periods and styles, from the Medieval period to the Baroque.
The Ars Longa Early Music Ensemble, was founded by Teresa Paz and Aland López in 1994, and has been part of the Office of the City Historian in Havana since 1995. Ars Longa is dedicated to the performance of Latin American and Cuban Colonial music of different periods and styles, from the Medieval period to the Baroque and is made up of entirely Cuban musicians. Ars Longa presents a creative fusion of Colonial Baroque and Indigenous traditions, drawing on repertoire from the archives of the Havana Cathedral. In addition to promoting the interpretation of early music in Cuba, Ars Longa hosts the annual international Esteban Salas Early Music Festival in Havana, which brings musicians and ensembles from around the world for concerts and masterclasses.
The ensemble has released several CDs that have won recognition and prizes in Europe from Diapason, Le Monde de la Musique, Télérama, and Classica.
Soprano Teresa Paz Román, Ars Longa’s co-founder and director, holds a masters degree in Spanish music from the University of Valladolid in Spain and serves as the director of the concert venue at the Church of San Francisco of Paula in Havana, which regularly presents early music concerts. In 1994, she and Aland López formed the early music group Ars Longa, the first early music ensemble in Cuba. She is also the founder and director of the annual Esteban Salas Early Music Festival, which brings early music players from around the world. It serves as a meeting place in Cuba that through workshops and conferences assists the development of early music performance and interpretation. Teresa was the first to initiate academic plans to teach early music in Cuba. To put her informed historical interpretation into practice, she established the Baroque Orchestra of the Escuela Nacional de Música, Havana. She has attended workshops in early music singing and interpretation with such international specialists as Josep Cabré, Evelyn Tubb, and Claudio Abbado. Teresa has been honored internationally for her recording projects of unknown works by Cuban and other Latin American composers.