The Classical Side of Cuban Music

Mambo, salsa, cha-cha-cha -- the music of Cuba is usually associated with the dance hall and not the concert hall. But such thinking misses out on the lively, inventive and daring work of Cuban classical composers. Inspired by Spanish and Afro-Cuban traditions, Cuba's classical music is an exhilarating melange of influences and experimentation, deeply respectful of several traditions but yet totally unique.

Now pianist Daniel Amat, who hails from a tiny town on the island's southern shore, pays tribute to some of his country's most prolific and versatile composers. Accompanied by Los Angeles' most sought after studio musicians, Daniel Amat performs music from Ignacio Cervantes, Ernesto Lecuona and Israel Lopez "Cachao," during The Classical Side of Cuban Music.