The musical proposal of the Cartagena International Music Festival at the Festival of Spoleto presents two Colombian groups featuring different musical genres. The first, composed of cellist Santiago Canyon and pianist Luis Andrés Castellanos, is rooted in traditional Colombian classical music. The second, the Cuarteto Agile, formed of Elvis Diaz on the harp, Zahira Nogueira at the cuarto(small guitar), Mario Criales at the double bass and Antonio Arredo on wind instruments, is more tied to the traditional folk music of the country.
Sala Pegasus 1 July
DÚO DE MÚSICA CLÁSICA COLOMBIANA
Santiago Cañón cello
Luis Andrés Castellanos piano
The duo offers cello and piano music by Colombian authors, mostly of the 19th and 20th centuries, who have played a key role in building the musical culture in Colombia. Their formation, in most cases, was influenced by European currents, although mediated by the link to the country´s cultural traditions. This is the case, among others, of Guillermo Uribe Holguin, Antonio Maria Valencia, José María Ponce de León.
San Nicolò Chiostro 2 July
Elvis Díaz llanera harp
Zahira Nogueira cuatro
Mario Criales double bass
Antonio Arnedo wind instruments
The Cuarteto Agile features traditional folk songs originating in some areas of Colombia, particularly the llanera region. The instruments used are the llanera harp, the cuatro and the double bass, to which a wind instrument is added to make the contemporary fusion more effective.
The music of Los llanos is characterized by a wide variety of rhythms and plays a very important role in the heritage of Colombian music culture. Some traditional songs are interpreted in a modern key.