Sara McGuinness - Keyboard/Arranger
One week at the Chateau is pure indulgence: Sharing the passion for Jazz with an interesting, culturally mixed group of people, learning from outstanding tutors, listening to inspiring instrumentalists as well as singers, enjoying fantastic food, having a lot of fun (nothing beats the English humour) and all of that in the most stunning environment is truly unique.
Sara McGuinness is well known on the UK Salsa scene, she is leader of 8 piece band El Equipo and 5 piece band Soneando. She has played written and arranged for many of the top bands in the country. Sara has played and studied in Cuba with musicians from the Buenavista Social Club. Recently she has been recording and performing extensively in Mali, West Africa with top musician Dramane Coulibaly. Work includes Beijing International Festival, China, tours of Indonesia, Brunei and Algeria, concerts in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ronnie Scotts, Bloomsbury Theatre, as well as numerous festivals and clubs around the UK and Ireland.
Sara also runs Malecon Productions, providing workshops and educational materials in the field of Cuban and related music in Universities, Schools and Colleges, teaches Performance in Latin, African and Caribbean Music in Westminster University, Cuban Piano at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and Sound recording at Gateway School of Recording, SOAS and the National Conservatoire in Bamako, Mali.