The Kennedy Center Something New Series
presents the Tambuco Percussion Ensemble
The Tambuco Percussion Ensemble, founded in 1993 by four master Mexican percussionists, elevates the stage for musical ingenuity with their rich consortium of percussive instruments û from congas to Chinese tom-toms to the caxixis û and unique integration of old and contemporary melodies. ôThis musically substantive work runs the gamut from moments that are evocative and expressive to those that are dance-like, rhythmically animated and even primitively orgiastic,ö says Percussion Notes.
Tambuco was founded in 1993 by four distinguished Mexican musicians whose musical attention focuses on four main goals:
1. To collaborate closely with composers of all nationalities to develop a repertoire of their own.
2. To create a personal interpretive style for performances of the main works of the international percussion repertoire.
3. To perfect the techniques and idioms used in contemporary music.
4. To incorporate music, instruments, and playing techniques of ethnic origin, and offer them to diverse audiences and also to the composers who write for Tambuco. At present, Tambuco has gradually acquired and played on more than 100 percussion instruments from various parts of the world.
The quartet gave its debut performance at the ôISCM World Music Daysö New Music Festival, in Mexico City. Since then, its activities have increased greatly. Recent performances include TambucoÆs New York debut at Lincoln Center, at the Barbican Centre in London, England; a Japanese tour with Keiko Abe as soloist, Festival dos Cem Dias in Lisbon, Portugal, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.
Awards and Distinctions
Tambuco has received important prizes and distinctions including First Prize at The UNAM Chamber Music Competition, the Distinction for Culture Promotion awarded by the University of Mexico, an award from the Mexican Union of Music and Theater Critics, the Grant for Special Projects awarded by the Mexican Council for the Arts and Culture, the Mexico/US Fund for Culture, and others.
Collaboration with Artists
Tambuco performs frequently with outstanding musicians from around the world. In recent years Tambuco played with Keiko Abe, Glen Velez, Valerie Naranjo, and Enrique Diemecke. The late Eduardo Mata recorded the percussion works of Carlos Chavez with Tambuco for a CD recently released by Dorian Recordings. During 1996 Tambuco released two CDs featuring two compositions dedicated to the quartet as well as Japanese Percussion music. Tambuco's most recent CD, ôRitmicasö (Dorian) was selected by the ôAudiophile Auditionö as one of the best CDs of 1997.
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