Los Hermanos/The Brothers: Film Screening And Discussion

Virtuoso Afro-Cuban-born brothers—American violinist Ilmar and Cuban pianist Aldo— live on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm half a century wide. Los Hermanos/The Brothers tracks their parallel lives, poignant reunion, and electrifying first performances across the United States, in a nuanced, often startling view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family.

In Cuba art is central to national identity. The island of 11 million people has outsized influence in dance and music worldwide. Artists are some of Cuba's most salient ambassadors, with a history of crossing divides that seem intractable to political leaders. The Gavilán brothers’ dynamic and visually compelling story gives a unique and personal perspective on the evolving relationship between the United States and Cuba.

Featuring a genre-bending score composed by Cuban Aldo Lopez-Gavilan performed with his American brother, Ilmar, and with guest appearances by maestro Joshua Bell and the Grammy-winning Harlem Quartet.

Join us for a screening of the new documentary Los Hermanos/The Brothers followed by a discussion about the unique elements of Cuban music, the Cuban musical diaspora, representation and equity in the arts (in particular classical music), and the power of the cultural and artistic connections between Cuba and the United States.


JANUARY 29, 2021

Image - Afa Dworkin
Afa Dworkin
President and Artistic Director, Sphinx Organization
Image - Ilmar Gavilán
Ilmar Gavilán
Violinist; Member, The Harlem Quartet
Image - Marcia Jarmel
Marcia Jarmel
Director and Producer, Patchwork Films
Image - Ken Schneider
Ken Schneider
Director and Producer, Patchwork Films
Image - Rebeca Mauleón
Rebeca Mauleón
Director of Education, SF Jazz—Discussion Leader and Moderator