I don’t do unpaid test projects anymore so I decided to compile a portfolio with materials that I am actually interested in working on, to show clients what they can expect from me. I include people, organizations and causes whose work I can 100% vouch for and whose values I share.
As one of the first materials, I am bringing you a wonderful musician, whose work I have been following for a good while. Ahmed Dickinson Cárdenas is not only a renowned musician but through various art projects he regularly supports vulnerable people in and outside the UK. Isn’t it what talent, hard-earned skills and experience should be used for?
Ahmed was born in Cuba and started studying classical guitar at a very tender age, then graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. Later he moved to the UK to pursue further studies and with the help of various grants, he could hone his skills in the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He regularly collaborates with acclaimed musicians, playing works by classical, Cuban, South American and contemporary Western composers. He is an extremely versatile musician. The Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican are only two of the prestigious venues where he has performed. I don’t know about you but to me it’s pretty impressive.
Ahmed is often branded as an ambassador of Cuban culture, and I can confirm, it is true. I cannot say that I know much about classical music but through his work I have learnt that it can be exciting, joyful, heartbreaking, and many other things. By now I know there are fantastic South American composers and musicians, I learnt about the existence of tumbaos, boleros and son, and to understand a little more of this new world I have read several books from Cuban and other Caribbean authors. My pathological curiosity likely contributed to the above but without doubt, his work provided the first sparks on this new path of mine.
The document I handled is about his 2023-tour with the equally prominent guitarist and composer, Eduardo Martín. The translation of the document came with many challenges and a mild nervous breakdown due to the technical side of the process, but I am happy with the result.
Now that the material to his next tour is readily available in Hungarian, I trust that Budapest will also be fortunate to host him very soon.
Look him up! He regularly shares his magic with the UK audience and he also tours the world so we can luxuriate in his music outside the UK.
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