Meet CAYO

The Americans/Los Estadosunidenses

We are 24 musicians selected from 12 music schools and conservatories across the USA. We represent our home states of Florida, Wisconsin, Missouri, California, Texas, New York, Minnesota, Kentucky, and more. We are performers and educators, hikers and runners, travelers and mathematicians.

Somos 24 músicos seleccionados de 12 escuelas de música y conservatorios en los Estados Unidos. Representamos a nuestros estados de origen de Florida, Wisconsin, Missouri, California, Texas, Nueva York, Minnesota, Kentucky y más. Somos artistas y educadores, excursionistas y corredores, viajeros y matemáticos.

Estamos CAYO.

Los Cubanos/The Cubans

Somos 47 músicos seleccionados del Instituto Superior de Arte de La Habana. Representamos las provincias de Santa Clara, Pinar del Río, La Habana, Matanzas y más. Somos artistas y educadores, exploradores y amantes de las mascotas, bailarines y soñadores.

We are 47 musicians selected from Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte. We represent our home provinces of Santa Clara, Pinar del Rio, La Habana, Matanzas and more. We are performers and educators, explorers and pet-lovers, dancers and dreamers.

We are CAYO.

The Music Director/El Director

A conductor, a wanderer, a musician, an educator, a scat-singer and a story-teller. James Ross is our music director.

Un director de orquesta, un vagabundo, un músico, un educador, un scat-cantante y un narrador. James Ross es nuestro maestro.

We are CAYO.

The Teachers/Los Maestros

We are 11 musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra who are returning to Havana four years after the 2015 Minnesota Orchestra tour. We represent our colleagues back home who believe in the work of cultural diplomacy. We are performers and educators, runners and knitters, hockey players, scuba-divers and parents.

Somos 11 músicos de la Orquesta de Minnesota que regresan a La Habana cuatro años después de la gira 2015 de la Orquesta de Minnesota. Representamos a nuestros colegas en Minnesota que creen en el trabajo de la diplomacia cultural. Somos artistas y educadores, corredores y tejedores, jugadores de hockey, buzos y padres.

We are CAYO.

Photo credits (top left): Michael Gast © Rena Kraut 2019; Gareth Zehngut © Travis Anderson/Minnesota Orchestra 2015; John Snow © AP Photo/Desmond Boylan 2015; Susie Park © Travis Anderson/Minnesota Orchestra 2015; Fernando Meza © Travis Anderson/Minnesota Orchestra 2015; Tim Zavadil © Travis Anderson/Minnesota Orchestra 2018; Pitnarry Shin © Travis Anderson/Minnesota Orchestra; Adam Kuenzel © Rena Kraut 2015; Manny Laureano © MPR Photo/Nate Ryan 2015; Kari Sundstrom © Travis Anderson/Minnesota Orchestra; David Williamson ©MPR Photo/Nate Ryan 2015;