Tambuco

percussion quartet

“What mesmerizing creativity,! A Tour de Force of subtle and forceful
artistry. The members of Tambuco are chameleons on dozens of instruments.”

— Gramophone Magazine (UK) 

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Biography

In their native Mexico and worldwide, Tambuco is known for its unique repertoire and breathtakingly vibrant performances. From body percussion, to sticks and stones, to modern percussion instruments, Tambuco's approach to sound and rhythm is virtuosic, visceral, and extraordinarily enjoyable. 

With over 25 years of international concerts and recordings, Tambuco is one of the finest percussion quartets performing today. Among many honours and awards, they are the first non-Japanese artists to receive the Japan Foundation Award for Culture. Tambuco has toured across Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Canada. Recently, they toured with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra in the great concert halls of Europe, featuring Javier Álvarez's percussion concerto, and they showcased at the 2018 WAA conference.

2019 sees Tambuco premiering Gabriela Ortiz's Los Angeles Philharmonic commission Yanga, for orchestra, choir, and percussion ensemble, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel to celebrate the orchestra's centennial year. They will also headline at PASIC in Indianapolis and will hold the Jean Wentworth Music Residency at Sarah Lawrence College. Tambuco will be returning to tour throughout the USA in October of 2020.

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Yanga tells the story Gaspar Yanga, an African prince captured and taken to Mexico as a slave in the 1500s. He led a revolt and founded the first independent settlement in the Americas, San Lorenzo de los Negros, thereby becoming the first black ruler in America. 

Reviews

GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE (UK)

 

“What mesmerizing creativit,! A Tour de Force of subtle and forceful artistry. The members of Tambuco are chameleons on dozens of instruments.” 

CULTURE SPOT LA

 

“At its peak, the entire room resonated with splashing cymbals and a pounding big drum. A gradual crescendo of thrashing cymbals and gongs was articulated with violent
abrupt decays sharply muffled by the full bodies of the players. The energy was intense. The effect
was searing.” 

—  Theodore Bell,

July 2015

THE WASHINGTON POST

 

“With the highest artistry, Tambuco illustrated a thousand hyper-inventive ways to create unorthodox sounds. They even drew pitches out  of seemingly non-pitch instruments. Don't miss the repeat tonight at the Terrace Theater.” 

—  Cecelia Porter

February 2001

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