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Ernesto Vega Highlights April’s Arts & Resilience Program
Written by: Roman Petrowski, Office of Communications

Cuban jazz musician Ernesto Vega treated McGovern Medical School to an array of jazz hits at the April edition of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics’ Arts & Resilience Program.

Vega, the winner of Cuba’s “First Award,” which is given at the international jazz competition “Jojazz” each year, began playing internationally in 2003, at the age of 22. From there, he became a member of the “Oriental Quartet” alongside Cuban pianist Alejandro Vargas.

At just 29 years old, Vega finished his studies of the clarinet with a Golden Diploma from the Instituto Superior del Arte de La Habana (Havana Arts College). In his young career, Vega has recorded on more than 30 discographic productions, including the release of his first solo album “Venir al Mundo” in 2009 which earned him the Cubadisco Award as the best jazz recording of the year.

Vega and his band, which included a drummer, bass guitarist and pianist, played a collection of songs that featured a mix of jazz influenced with Cuban and Latin roots as well as African. Vega played two hits from his own album titled “Desde Adentro” and “Sin Mirar Atrás.”

The next installment of the Arts & Resilience program will feature “Tangos, Milongas, and Serestas for Cello & Piano” and will be held from 12-1 p.m., May 9 in the Fifth Floor Gallery. The program is sponsored by the Dean’s Office in collaboration with the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics. For more information and a schedule, visit the program’s website here.