The Cuban Research Institute (CRI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Estibaliz Santamaría Cadaval as a Visiting Scholar during the spring semester of 2018. Ms. Santamaría Cadaval will conduct a detailed study of the musical and social aspects of the Galician exodus to Cuba from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.
The main objective of the study is to contextualize the development of the Galician community in Havana during the period under review. Ms. Santamaría Cadaval will work primarily with the Díaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection in the Green Library. She will consult the discography prior to 1958, including slate and cylinder discs, with recordings of Galician music and Galician themes recorded by Cuban musicians, as well as music sheets, the press of the period, articles, and other bibliographic sources that will help understand the social and cultural activities of the times.
Estibaliz Santamaría Cadaval is a Ph.D. student in Musicology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain. She holds two bachelor's degrees, one in Musicology and another in Music Education, from the same university. She also earned professional music degrees in bagpipe and piano from the Professional Music Conservatory in A Coruña in Spain. She is currently conducting research for her doctoral dissertation entitled "Atlantic Connection: The Cántiga (Unha noite na eira do trigo), a Symbol of Galician Emigration to Cuba," under the supervision of Dr. Victoria Eli Rodríguez and Dr. Ruth Piquer.