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”.
The performers are as diverse as the music itself. They include a Chilean-born arranger and woodwind player, a Spanish prodigy accordionist, a classical violinist of Bosnian roots, as well as a jazz guitarist and double bassist (both British).
Anisa Arslanagić – violin
Claude Werner – clarinet/flute/arranger
James Kitchman – electric guitar
Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade – accordion
Louis Thomas – double bass
‘Absolutely outstanding….Wonderfully romantic… What a way to start this year’s BBC Proms Lates’
BBC Radio 3
‘Southern Cone Quintet treated us to a fantastic evening. There can be no doubt that this relatively recent collaboration (this was their third gig!) is going places: from their South East London homes to BBC Radio 3 to the Proms. You’ll recognise some of their tunes but everything they do is with a twist of their own design’
‘Southern Cone Quintet take the traditional dance forms of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay and produce music that is compelling and modern, cerebral and earthy, feeding your brain and body with amazing complex rhythms.’
BBC Radio 3
‘Inspirational – imaginative programming – thoroughly enjoyable.’
Owen Murray, Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music