Efrain Loyola (18 December 1916 – 2 Aprile 2011) wis a Cuban flautist frae Cienfuegos, wha haed the distinction o bein ane o the auldest active flautists in the warld, haed a career that spanned ower 7 decades an for a period, wis a caiptain in the Cuban militia an focht in the Weir agin the Bandits.
Early life[eedit | eedit soorce]
Loyola wrocht as a shoeshine lad an a baker tae mak a livin while learnin an playin flute. Some of his earliest wark wis wi the hunder-year-auld Banda Municipal de Conciertos o Cienfuegos (Municipal Concert Baund o Cienfuigos), whaur he stairtit playin in 1937.
Career[eedit | eedit soorce]
Amang the groups wi whilk Loyola wrocht wur the Conjunto Tradicional de Sones Los Naranjos, the Ritmica 39 an his awn baund, the Efrain Loyola Orchestra.
Awairds an merits[eedit | eedit soorce]
Loyola wis gien amaist 150 acknowledgments an awairds in his lifetime, includin: "Wirthy Memmer o the Writers an Airtists Association o Cuba (UNEAC)", "Distinguished Son o Cienfuegos Ceety", "The Jagua Awaird" an the order o Jesús Menéndez, grantit bi the Cuban Wirkers' Organisation.
Loyola wis aften seen in elegant suits an wi a walkin stick, on the main streets o Cienfuegos, wi his hair straightened in the 1950s style. He wis a Danzón fan an admirer o Miguelito Cuní an wis considert an authority on Cuban muisical history an aw.
Loyola wis leadin his baund regularly up till his daith. He wis buriet in the local cemetery o his hame toun o Cienfuegos bi friends, faimily an admirers.
Legacy[eedit | eedit soorce]
Loyola's son, José Loyola, is the current director o the baund Charanga de Oro.
Instrument[eedit | eedit soorce]
Loyola played a “Celeste” flute, namit efter the Cuban flautist an luthier “Celestino Dias Flores”, wha maintained an standardised the firthen 5 key type needit tae play charangas wi the proper colour efter the Böehm seestem appeared an maist manufacturers stoppit makkin the 5 an 6 key firthen flutes.
Discografie[eedit | eedit soorce]
Loyola haes appeared on dozens o Orquesta Aragón records an ither releases that hae yet tae be properly catalogued on the World Wide Web frae their Spainyie-Cuban soorces.
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