Machaca is an international ensemble formed by award winning Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski in 2006. Consisting of the UK’s most promising young musicians, this innovative ensemble includes ODuo (percussion), Gemma Rosefield (cello), Lizzie Ball (violin), Phuong Nguyen (accordion) and Emma Smith (bass). Their two recordings ‘Mano a Mano’ and ‘Los Ambulantes’ have been described by as ‘a jewel’ Gramophone magazine.
The programme embarks on a journey through the sounds of Latin America’s foremost composers. Tangos by Astor Piazzolla and the beautiful ‘Aria’ from Villa-Lobos’s ‘Bachianas Brasileiras No.5 ’ are contrasted alongside works by Manuel M. Ponce (Mexico), Leo Brouwer (Cuba) and Venezuelan Waltzes by Antonio Lauro. It will also include two works especially written for Machaca by Stephen McNeff and James Pearson.