Göhde Foundation has been privileged and pleased to generously support the production of the Mozart y Mambo documentary and of the Mozart y Mambo concert film.
Sarah Willis: “There is a statue of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Havana. On my first visit to Cuba in 2017, I was told by one of the local musicians: “Mozart would have been been a good Cuban”. I was intrigued by this comment and thus began the inspiration for this album which was recorded in Havana, Cuba in January, 2020 for Alpha Classics to be released on July 10th, 2020.
At the time of my first visit to Cuba, I had already been dancing salsa for many years so I knew and loved Cuban popular music. Salsa, son, mambo, bolero – these are my idea of musical heaven. But the Cuban classical scene was completely unknown to me. I had been asked to give a French horn masterclass on my first trip there but had no idea what to expect – how many horn players could there be in Cuba? I was blown away by how many turned up to class, how well they played and how full of music they all were. I felt an immediate connection with my new Cuban musician friends and through them, I started to discover the classical music culture of Cuba. Mozart’s statue in Old Havana began to make complete sense. I decided then and there to do what I could to raise awareness for the wonderful classical music-making going on in Cuba.