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Make Music Syracuse: Meet the Musicians - Hector Manuel Prieto

MEET THE MUSICIANS at Fiesta de la Música / Make Music Day,

La Casita, June 21, starting at 4 pm

HÉCTOR MANUEL PRIETO

Héctor is a graduate student at Syracuse University's Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics, and one of La Casita's music instructors, currently teaching guitar. Learn more about Héctor and his love of music below.

What is your name?
Hector Manuel Prieto


Where are you from?
Havana, Cuba


What kind of music do you perform/what instruments do you play?
Popular and traditional Cuban music, boleros.
“Musica popular tradicional cubana en guitarra, boleros”


When did you start performing/playing/singing? What got you into music?
Hector – 1996 (21 years old) I was studying social sciences and a musician friend inspired me to study music


Are there any musicians who inspire you? What qualities do you admire about them?
Thousands of musicians, classical music. My favorite is Bach because he configured music in the way that we understand it today. In popular music I like Sting, the Beatles, Irakere, Los Van Van, and Queen.
“Millones de músicos, la música clásica. Mi favorito es Bach porque fue el que configuro la música como la conocemos. En Música popular me gusta Sting, Beatles, Irakere, Los Van Van, Queen…”

 

If your fans could remember one thing about you/your band, what would it be?
I prefer that my music students remember me more than the public. I enjoy teaching more than playing for the public.
“Prefiero que me recuerden mis estudiantes de música más que el público. Disfruto más ensenar que tocar para el publico.”


Describe your favorite venue for performing.
In the United States I’ve only played in the Westside Learning Center. In Cuba, with Friends in homes and on the streets.
“En EU solamente he tocado en el Westside Learning Center, en Cuba, con los amigos en las casas y en las calles.”

 
Tell me about your favorite performance in your career.
My music classes
“Mis clases de música.”


What's the best piece of advice another musician ever gave you?
Listen to music. To have patience studying and feeling it like your own language.
“Escucha la música. Tener paciencia estudiando y sintiéndola como tu propio idioma.”

 

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