Enrique Calderon and Roy McGrath – The revival of Salsa Music in Chicago


Salsa dancing in Chicago

I went to the Chicago International Salsa Congress last Saturday and it was a night that I parted with my cameras and just took my Iphone. The results are images of people simply dancing and one of biggest salsa stars Charlie Aponte of Gran Combo fame which were delightful to look at. As a photographer I know they were very pixelated however they did justice to the cause. Enjoy!

Portrait of a Saxophonist – Roy McGrath

Several months ago I met Roy McGrath at an activity for the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in Chicago. I like the intensity, the sharpness of the music he play, I like that crosses musical styles. But above all he is a leader in the music world and workhorse.

I find Roy very fascinating to photograph.

Los Van Van in Chicago

Oh! My God, I feel that this week I am Cuban after going to the Los Van Van concert, I can not get them out of my mind, I want to be there again. To me the pictures that you are about to see are probably the best I have ever taken. Yes and you may ask why?  I was involved, I have bought the Los Van Van train a long time ago. I was able to photograph their faces, feel the rhythm, I was able to make them part of my musical heritage. For this concert I shot most of the images up close, not from the upper deck even though I took some pictures up there too. This to me became an emotional issue and as a photographer I have found that my best work is when I care about the subject.

So, if you get a chance get on Spotify and look up the album title “Chapeando” put a couple of songs and put the images on slide show and take it all in. You will be Cuban for a couple of minutes for today.

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