This is the second outing for the Southern Cone Quintet in June. Led by the fabulous guitarist James Kitchman and featuring Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade on accordion as well as a host of superb musicians including nothing-less-than amazing violinist Anisa Arslanagic who is mesmerising to watch. That is taking nothing away from all these talented musicians.
The Southern Cone Quintet takes its name from the geographical area of the same name, embracing the countries of Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. The Southern Cone has a rich and diverse musical tradition, with genres including Tango, Cueca, and Candombe, as well as indigenous ethnic forms such as Mapuche music.
It is from this rich earth that the Southern Cone Quintet draws its inspiration. The repertoire consists of re-arrangements of pieces from a wide variety of sources. From twentieth century composers like Astor Piazzolla and Violeta Parra, to traditional folk songs and ancient native chants. While the style resembles Nuevo Tango, it could also be described as “Nueva Cueca” or “Nuevo Candombe”.
Concert kicks off at 19.45 at Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street, SE16 4HZ London, United Kingdom