Monday, May 30, 2016

Photos of Cementerio de Colón (Vedado, La Habana, Cuba)

The following photos I took at the Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (Colon Cemetery) in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana, Cuba, in April 2016.

If you'd like to read more about the Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón and watch a 1-minute video shot the same day, please visit the corresponding post on my web series' site: Cristóbal Colón Cemetery, Havana (Cuba) – In Another Minute (317).

Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (Colon Cemetery)
Havana, Cuba
If you'd like to see more photos of the magnificent Cuban cemetery, check out the In Another Minute (2016) Flickr album.

Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (Colon Cemetery)
Havana, Cuba

Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (Colon Cemetery)
Havana, Cuba

Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (Colon Cemetery)
Havana, Cuba

Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (Colon Cemetery)
Havana, Cuba

Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (Colon Cemetery)
Havana, Cuba

Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (Colon Cemetery)
Havana, Cuba

Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (Colon Cemetery)
Havana, Cuba

Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (Colon Cemetery)
Havana, Cuba

Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (Colon Cemetery)
Havana, Cuba

Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (Colon Cemetery)
Havana, Cuba

Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (Colon Cemetery)
Havana, Cuba
Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (Colon Cemetery)
Havana, Cuba

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Photos + Videos of The Kills - Live at Ogden Theatre (Denver, 2016)

It had been years since I last saw The Kills live - but it remained in my memory as one of the best shows I had ever seen in my life. 

In a few days, they are finally releasing Ash & Ice - their first studio album since Blood Pressures in 2011. The early single releases "Doing It To Death" and "Heart Of A Dog" have been more than promising. Of course, I have pre-ordered the album already. I wonder if it will arrive on June 3rd - the day of the release...

The Kills
Ogden Theatre, Denver
 But first, last night, I finally got to see them play live again! Their performance at the Ogden Theatre was incredible and proved to me: they were worth the wait! The dynamic between Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince is still there, the new songs are as energizing, unique, dance-able and memorable as the old - Jamie Hince's guitar playing is in inspired and Alison Mosshart is just a powerhouse.

Alison Mosshart of The Kills
Ogden Theatre, Denver
To give you just a glimpse of the experience, here are a few short clips from The Kills at the Ogden Theatre in Denver on May 27, 2016 - and a few photos (which cannot bring across the energy of The Kills' live performance).

The Kills - Doing It To Death - Ogden Theatre, Denver - May 27, 2016 




The Kills - Heart of a Dog - Ogden Theatre, Denver - May 27, 2016 




The Kills - Heart is a Beating Drum - Ogden Theatre - May 27, 2016 



Alison Mosshart of The Kills
Ogden Theatre, Denver



Alison Mosshart of The Kills
Ogden Theatre, Denver

Alison Mosshart of The Kills
Ogden Theatre, Denver

The Kills
Ogden Theatre, Denver

The Kills
Ogden Theatre, Denver

Jammie Hince of The Kills
Ogden Theatre, Denver

Alison Mosshart of The Kills
Ogden Theatre, Denver


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cristóbal Colón Cemetery, Havana (Cuba) - In Another Minute (317)

The Cristóbal Colón Cemetery (span.: Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón) in Havana, Cuba, is one of the most significant cemeteries in Latin America - both historically and architecturally.


Cristóbal Colón Cemetery, Havana (Cuba) - In Another Minute (317)

The Cristóbal Colón Cemetery in the Vedado neighborhood was built in 1876 and designed by the Galician architect Calixto Arellano de Loira y Cardoso. He died during the initial construction and was the first to be buried at the cemetery. The graveyard was named after Christopher Columbus (span.: Cristóbal Colón), who landed in Cuba on October 28, 1492.

Today, the site spans 140 acres (57 ha) and holds 800,000 graves and 1 million interments - many of them in the 500 major mausoleums, chapels, and family vaults.

To me the most visually striking aspect of the site are all the beautiful statues, combining elegance with grief and hope. These are common to many larger Christian cemeteries, of course. More unusual and just as impressive

Unfortunately, I didn't have much time to explore this city of the dead because I had a husband and Classic Car Taxi driver waiting for me outside. So in this video I can only show you impressions from the areas close to the entrance.

The cemetery is divided into quarters by major avenues. And those sections are divided again by the status and professions of the deceased. From what I understand some tombstones and buildings are in disarray - but I didn't get to see anything like that during my short visit. Knowing that many Cubans and their off-spring live in exile, it saddens me to think of how many people are not able to visit and maintain the memorials of their family and ancestors.

Music: On the Shore Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Cristóbal Colón Cemetery, Havana (Cuba)

Soon I will publish more photos of Cristóbal Colón Cemetery on my personal blog and on Flickr.

Other videos from my Cuba trip in April:
Trinidad de Cuba (Cuba) – In Another Minute (Week 313)
Trinidad de Cuba (extended version)
Malecón (Havana, Cuba) – In Another Minute (Week 316)
La Habana Vieja, Old Havana (Havana, Cuba) – In Another Minute (314)

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Trinidad de Cuba (extended version)

Trinidad de Cuba is a town in central Cuba, near the Caribbean coast on the south side of the island.

Trinidad de Cuba (extended version)

Trinidad de Cuba lies in the Sancti Spíritus province, close to the Caribbean Sea and between the Escambray Mountains and the Valle de los Ingenios. Together with the Valle de los Ingenios, the town was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988.

This video is an extended version of the 1-minute Trinidad de Cuba video, I released at the end of April. If you would like to read more about the town and the sites in this video, please check out the other post: Trinidad de Cuba (Cuba) – In Another Minute (Week 313).

The song in the video is “El Perro Loco” by Bruno Bassi of Los Hermanos, which you can find on the royalty-free music website GoSoundtrack.com. Their collection is available via a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. For this extended video, I had to take the liberty and extend the song a little bit, too. Hope no one minds my crude sound editing.

Classic car in Trinidad de Cuba

Look at more photos of Trinidad de Cuba on my personal blog and on Flickr.

Other videos from my Cuba trip in April:
Malecón (Havana, Cuba) – In Another Minute (Week 316)
La Habana Vieja, Old Havana (Havana, Cuba) – In Another Minute (314)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Photos of the Malecón (Havana, Cuba)

The following are a few of the photos I took along the Malecón, the seaside road and seawall on the north side of Havana, Cuba. If you'd like to read more about the Malecón and watch a 1-minute video shot the same day, please visit the corresponding post on my webseries' site: Malecón (Havana, Cuba) – In Another Minute (Week 316)


If you'd like to see even more photos, check out the In Another Minute (2016) Flickr album.

The Castropol Restaurant and its neighbors on the Malecón
Havana, Cuba

Balcony on the Malecón
Havana, Cuba

Buildings along the Malecón
Havana, Cuba

Windows looking out over the sea and Malecón
Havana, Cuba

Colorful windows on the Malecón
Havana, Cuba

Buildings overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and the Malecón
Havana, Cuba

Balcony on the Malecón
Havana, Cuba

Malecón
Havana, Cuba

Classic car cruising along the Malecón
Havana, Cuba

Fishing along the Malecón
Havana, Cuba

Walking along the Malecón
Havana, Cuba

Old building on the Malecón
Havana, Cuba

The Atlantic Building in Vedado - seen from the Malecón
Havana, Cuba

The Malecón
Havana, Cuba

Castle Morro and Lighthouse - seen from the Malecón
Havana, Cuba

Statue on the Malecón
Havana, Cuba

La Abadia Restaurant on the Malecón
Havana, Cuba

Fishing on the Malecón seawall
Havana, Cuba

Antonio Maceo Grajales statue on the Malecón
Havana, Cuba

The Malecón - seen from the Hotel Nacional
Havana, Cuba

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Malecón (Havana, Cuba) - In Another Minute (Week 316)

The Malecón in Havana is both a broad street and seawall along the north shore of the city, west of the Havana Harbor entrance. The 5-mile (8 km) stretch is popular day and night - for cruising in a classic car, for fishing, for wandering and for late-night rendezvous.


Malecón (Havana, Cuba) - In Another Minute (Week 316)

The road connects the Havana neighborhoods Vedado, Centro Habana (Central Havana) and La Habana Vieja (Old Havana). In April, Scott and I walked along the Malecón east to west, from La Habana Veija to Vedado, where we treated ourselves to the most refreshing daiquiris and Cuban sandwiches at the Hotel Nacional. For the video, I chose to edit in the chronological order of how the road was built, from west to east.

Building of the Malecón began in 1901 to protect the city from the waves and storms coming from the Straits of Florida (part of the Gulf of Mexico). It was built in three stages: 1901 - 1902, 1902 - 1921 and 1949 - 1952.

The street Malecón (English: pier, jetty) is officially called Avenida de Maceo. José Antonio de la Caridad Maceo y Grajales was second-in-command of the Cuban Army of Independence in the late 19th century. You can see a large statue dedicated to him about 23 seconds into the video.

While today most of the magnificent buildings facing the seawall are rather dilapidated, the changes towards more prosperity are starting to become visible. There are numerous buildings that have already been restored and several restaurants and casa particulars (private B&B) in this prime location.

From what I understand, no private person can own an entire building in Cuba, unless the whole building is a single-family residence. People can own apartments (as of fairly recently). All the individual apartment owners would have to come up with a plan to restore and renovate their building together. The government does have larger restoration projects, which have made it possible to see some of Havana's century-old buildings restored to glory. I am very curious to see how the country, the city of Havana and particularly the Malecón will develop over the next few years and decades.

I collected some footage (and photos) of the Malecón at night. But I'm saving those for a future "Havana At Night" video... Also there was more street art, which I'm saving for a future video about Havana Street Art.

The song featured in this video is “Cuban Sandwich” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). It is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Thank you, Kevin!

Classic car driving along the Malecón in Havana, Cuba.

In the next few days, I will upload a post with photos from along the Malecón right here on this blog. 

Other videos from my Cuba trip in April:

Trinidad de Cuba (Cuba) – In Another Minute (Week 313)

La Habana Vieja, Old Havana (Havana, Cuba) – In Another Minute (314)


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Meet Cassis B Staudt (Film Music Composer) - In A Minute Portrait (Week 315)

This week, film music composer and friend Cassis B Staudt came to Colorado for a super quick fly-by visit.


Cassis B Staudt (Film Music Composer) - In A Minute Portrait (Week 315)

Cassis B studied music and music theater at the Hamburg State University and orchestration and film scoring at Juilliard in New York City. She composes and plays music both on stage and for films. There are many highlights in her career. My subjective choices: the music for the Oscar-nominated documentary Ferry Tales, winning a Golden Palm for producing Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes, and playing with Michael Gira of Swans.

She is an incredibly hard-working, talented, fun, generous and open person. I can only hope that a glimpse of that comes through in this video. To get a real sense of her talent, please check out here website to find samples of her music: CassisB.com

Cassis and I met through our mutual friend Ann Rose during a time when we were both bouncing back and forth between Brooklyn and Berlin. We're both originally from Germany, spent most of our adult years in NYC and married American men. Great match-making, Ann!

During her stay in Colorado, we had just about enough time to catch up and squeeze in an interview for this series before she was off to meet other creators. Her visit left me feeling so inspired, invigorated and encouraged. It reminded me how lucky I am to be part of a global creative community. Thank you, Cassis!

The music in this video was, of course, composed by Cassis B Staudt herself. It's part of a symphony recently performed in Berlin by the 60-piece orchestra Otto-Sinfoniker to accompany three experimental films. More specifically, it's an excerpt from Water Thief, which is the 2nd movement for the film Clepsydra by Phil Solomon.

Additional photographs in this video were taken by Gudrun Arndt (aquilalux.com) and Johnna Davis. Thank you for letting me use them.

Film music composer Cassis B Staudt


Other Moving Postcards with music by Cassis B:

Viktoriapark, Kreuzberg – In A Berlin Minute (Week 125)

Berlin Churches of the 1989 Peaceful Revolution / Kirchen der Friedlichen Revolution – In A Berlin Minute (Week 126)

Clouds / Wolken – In Memory of Franc Tausch – In A Berlin Minute (Week 131)

Brooklyn Sunrise (Time Lapse) – In A Brooklyn Minute (Week 172)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Photos from La Habana Vieja (Old Havana), Cuba

The following are quite a few photos I took in Old Havana, the oldest neighborhood of Havana, Cuba, mostly on my birthday in late April. You can watch my Moving Postcard video and read more about La Habana Vieja here: La Habana Vieja, Old Havana (Havana, Cuba) – In Another Minute (314)


If you happen to want to see even more photos, check out the In Another Minute (2016) Flickr album.

Faro Castillo del Morro seen from La Habana Vieja
Havana, Cuba

A Tree Grows In Havana
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Policía Nacional Revolucionario Comandancia General
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Plaza de Armas
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Hotel Ambos Mundos on Calle Obispo
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Coco Taxis and La Floridita, where Hemingway drank many daiquiris.
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Occupied and abandoned on Calle O'Reilly.
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Cuban sandwich at Factoria Plaza Vieja (Cervezas y Maltas)
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

La Habana Vieja seen from Hotel Ambos Mundos rooftop restaurant
Havana, Cuba

El Capitolio
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Cuban Classic Cars
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Havana - what's another balcony with laundry?
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Catedral de San Cristobal seen from the Hotel Ambos Mundos.
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Havana Club
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Coco Taxis.
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Building. No Building. Classic Car, of course.
Paseo de Martí (aka Prado)
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Paseo de Martí (aka Prado) across from El Capitolio.
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Homes along Paseo de Martí (aka Prado).
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Museo de la Revolución (Museum of the Revolution) and part of the original city wall.
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Golden hour balcony.
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Self-portrait of Scott and Luci behind the scenes.
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Gut renovation at Plaza Vieja.
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Inside Catedral de San Cristobal
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Building at Plaza 13 de Marzo.
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Lafayette Restaurante + Bar.
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Viva los C.D.R. on Cuba Street.
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Libreria "Venecia" on Obispo Street.
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Zuca and Sissi travel to Cuba.
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

The old Montserrat Hotel, now a residence building.
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba

Cuba Taxi souvenirs.
La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba