07 July, 2010


LAUNCHPROJECTS - Kicking off the 2010 Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, John and Iris Vasquez hosted an extraordinary Cuban dinner and concert at their home. The Havana-based band TradiSon flew in specifically for the party and weekend of Folk Art events, their US debut. The night proceeded with incredible music, mojitos, cigars, and dinner prepared by no less than our Cuban-born Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Cultural Affairs, Stuart Ashman (pictured in John's kitchen frying plantains).

John and Iris first encountered TradiSon while on a cultural tour of Cuba earlier this year led by Ashman in preparation for the 2011 Havana Biennial. TradiSon is the house band at La Bodeguita del Medio, a restaurant in Havana famous for mojitos, music, and a legendary clientele including Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Neruda. The Havana Biennial is high on LAUNCHPROJECTS list for 2011.

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