A musician for intimacy, loneliness and reflection. A poet with a guitar. An author in capital letters. A man who has been able to say impossible things because about the possible ones we already know too much. Silvio Rodriguez Dominguez is a truly revolutionary musician.
This man who was born on November 29th, 1946 in San Antonio de los Baños, became the founder of the New Trova Movement, together with Pablo Milanés, Noel Nicola and Vicente Feliu. Currently, Silvio Rodriguez has composed more than 500 songs and is known to almost everyone in the world. He has published twenty albums. His influence on a whole generation of young Cuban musicians has been recognized without any doubt, even by those they disagree with his political views.
The music for the young Silvio Rodríguez.
Silvio Rodriguez, being just a kid of 17, knew his way was music. During his military service was student of Mario Romeu. In 1967 he was presented at the “Música y Estrellas” (Music and Stars) program. His debut was with his songs: “Sueño del colgado y del árbol” (Dream and hanging tree) and “Quédate” (Stay). The public was surprised with the songs of young Silvio and his popularity grew until he gave the TV program “Mientras tanto” (Meanwhile). But the program was involved in cultural controversies of the time and was finally canceled.
Professional life and music of the Cuban revolution.
In February 1968 he co-founded the Center for the Protest Song of “La Casa de las Americas”, with Pablo Milanés and Noel Nicola. At that time, the song “La era está pariendo un corazón” reached a great diffusion in the voice of Omara Portuondo, which made Silvio much better known. In 1969 he joined the Group of Sonora Experimentation ICAIC (GESI), along with Pablo Milanés, Noel Nicola, Eduardo Ramos, Sergio Vitier, Leonardo Acosta and later, Emiliano Salvador, Leoginaldo Pimental and Sara Gonzalez.
All were under the tutelage of Juan Elósegui and Federico Smith, while Leo Brouwer was the director of the group. During this time he wrote songs like “El papalote”, “Cuba va”, “El mayor” and “Canción de la nueva escuela”, among many others. All sought, in its letter, the reflection of a society; and his melodies, sound revolution. The film music became another of his work recognized. The soundtrack of “El hombre de Maisinicú” is of his own. These projects were also part of what he had learned in GESI, before its disintegration.
As part of his working life in 1969, working in the fishing Bay of Pigs. During the trip he made 72 songs many of them known as “Ojalá”, “Playa Giron,” “Jerusalem Año Cero”, “Cuando digo futuro,” “Al final de este viaje”, and “Boga, Boga”.
In the 70s he made several international tours and joined the young artistic movements. But he never left the musical composition. In 1975, he recorded “Días y flores” (Days and flowers), with accompanying musicians GESI and EGREM orchestra. Along with his guitar he took the feelings of all of this new generation. Silvio took his art to the distant lands of Angola, during the war.