Sara McGuinness - Keyboard/Arranger
"Somehow, being away from home frees you up from the usual hangups about your own playing and makes you more willing to experiment. I learnt a lot of important principles here that stay with me today. Burned into my memory are visions of late night jams and french wine."
Sara McGuinness is well known on the UK Salsa scene, she is leader of 8 piece band El Equipo and 5 piece band Soneando. She has played written and arranged for many of the top bands in the country. Sara has played and studied in Cuba with musicians from the Buenavista Social Club. Recently she has been recording and performing extensively in Mali, West Africa with top musician Dramane Coulibaly. Work includes Beijing International Festival, China, tours of Indonesia, Brunei and Algeria, concerts in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ronnie Scotts, Bloomsbury Theatre, as well as numerous festivals and clubs around the UK and Ireland.
Sara also runs Malecon Productions, providing workshops and educational materials in the field of Cuban and related music in Universities, Schools and Colleges, teaches Performance in Latin, African and Caribbean Music in Westminster University, Cuban Piano at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and Sound recording at Gateway School of Recording, SOAS and the National Conservatoire in Bamako, Mali.