INTERVIEW

The Danzon

Featuring: Arturo Sandoval
Time: 2:12 minutes
Excerpt:"It’s a lot more, how can I say it, elaborate – elaborate than the son or any other Cuban style. The danzon is very beautiful."
full transcript

 

Danzon is a Cuban national dance. That’s the – the danzon is something else, the danzon is like a salon you know like a ballroom kind of – you know to really know a little bit of the danzon you must know the choreography of the dance, because it’s a choreography, it’s a pattern dance, it’s a lot of things you should know where to stop and the men have to get your handkerchief out of your (inaudible) and then the woman get the, I don’t know how you call the fan, the hand, the fans? How you call the fans? Do you know what I’m talking about, those things, the one you open like this, a woman used to – they use those things. In some part of the song they have to use that, stop, separate, she do that, he do that with the handkerchief and then start again. And the all movement or the, you know, the choreography of the dance is unbelievable, very interesting (where’s the water). Very interesting, very nice.

And the orchestra of danzon was typically pretty close to cha cha cha kind of things, in the very beginning it was the piano, three violins. At the beginning they start with two clarinets and the coronet at the very very beginning with the danzon orchestra. And then the form is more like in the classical way. You know some classical we say a, b, b, c, b, a, something like that format, you know, like the baroque or the classical music.

The danzon is in that way. It’s a form there, it’s a lot more complicated form. And a lot of great music therein the danzon, oh my goodness. Beautiful, beautiful melodies. It’s a lot more, how can I say it, elaborate – elaborate than the son or any other Cuban style. The danzon is very beautiful. Beautiful form.