Experience the lilting lyricism of the Argentine zamba or the rich rhythm of the chacarera with the intimate and passionate interpretations of ROSA INCAICA! Argentinian guitarist Pablo González Jazey – with his subtle style – and singer Annelise Skovmand – possessor of an expressive, unique vocal timbre – take audiences on a musical journey through Argentina and Latin America with their unique interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk songs from the region. The group's musical expedition combines repertoire rooted in the folk tradition including original compositions with arrangements that broach the classical chamber music world.
ROSA INCAICA began as the Inca Rose Duo undertaking the works of Argentinean classical composers Alberto Ginastera and Carlos Guastavino in their CD Flores Argentinas: “…a delicate and balanced lilt between the traditions of folk and art song,” as described by poet León Benarós. Their musical collaboration began more than a decade earlier with their recording Things We Said Tomorrow - a CD wherein John Dowland and Lennon-McCartney cohabitate in a very exceptional way with a selection of Catalonian folk songs. Now, collaborating with artists from both the folk and classical realms, ROSA INCAICA travels a new path in the field of popular folk music, exploring its own signature sound. In 2010, along with pianist Pablo Manuel Arroyo, they recorded Cielo y Tierra, nominated for the 2011 Carlos Gardel Music Awards as best folk music album and for Lila as best song. The same year they released Suite Norteña, recorded with the UCASAL Chamber Orchestra that includes the premiere recording of the second suite for guitar and orchestra by Eduardo Falú and González Jazey's arrangement of Guastavino's song cycle Flores Argentinas for voice, guitar and orchestra. Their second folk-music recording, Norte was released in 2013 to excellent critical reviews.
In 2018, they released "Pájaros", their second recording featuring song-cycles by Ginastera and Guastavino with original chamber music arrangements.
During the 2018/2019 season, ROSA INCAICA performed with the Orquesta Nacional de Música Argentina (ONMA-National Orchestra for Argentinean Music) in the Centro Cultural Kirchner, participated in the 4th International Jazz Festival of Tucumán with a program celebrating Joni Mitchell and premiered Letra Rebeldes, a song-cycle by Pablo González Jazey on poems by Alfonsina Storni and Miguel Hernández.
During 2020/2021, ROSA INCAICA was invited to perform n the 2nd Virtual Live JoniFest, in the 60th Septiembre Musical Tucumano and performed “A Tribute to Astor Piazzolla” with Orchestra Miami.
ROSA INCAICA has delighted audiences in Argentina, Europe and the United States, presenting programs that celebrate the music from Argentina, including songs by Astor Piazzolla, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Carlo Gardel, Fito Páez, Cuchi Leguizamón, and Eduardo Falú, as well as songs made famous by Mercedes Sosa, the voice of Latin America.
The duo offers lecture-demonstrations and seminars on the history and development of the music (tango & folk) and poetry of Argentina and master classes for voice, guitar and chamber music.
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“Impeccable reunion of voice and guitar…there is a warmth and musicality that never disappears for an instant ”
PABLO GONZALEZ JAZEY, guitar
Concert guitarist, soloist and arranger Pablo González Jazey has been heard in concert halls in Argentina, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil and the United States. This versatile performer has been featured as soloist in the major guitar repertoire with prominent musical organizations, including Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasía de un Gentilhombre, Astor Piazzolla's Concierto para bandoneon, guitarra y orquesta, and Eduardo Falú’s Suite Argentina and Suite Norteña. Comfortable in both classical and popular music, he champions traditional and contemporary folk and tango repertoire. In addition to his role as arranger for Rosa Incaica, he has also worked as music director and arranger for various chamber ensembles and theater companies. His works for solo guitar have been published and recorded internationally.
In 2006, together with countertenor Franco Fagioli he performed a recital of songs by Mauro Giuliani, receiving accolades from the critics. With funding from the National Fund for the Arts in Argentina, in 2007 he published the album of scores and a CD of GUITARRA TUCUMANA, in which he compiled, edited and recorded works for solo guitar by composers from his native province of Tucumán. In 2013, he was winner of the Igualdad Cultural prize organized by the National Secretariat Culture, in recognition of his excellence in the field of music.
After graduating from the School for Musical Arts of the National University of Tucumán, Argentina, he was awarded the Fulbright Grant for post-graduate studies in the U.S., with which he earned the Master of Music in Guitar Performance degree from The Boston Conservatory. Currently, he teaches at the “Manuel de Falla” Conservatory in Buenos Aires.
“...his flawless performance showed skillful technique with a refined, crystal clear sound and a touch of sensuality in his faultless playing...”
— El Tribuno (Salta, Argentina)
ANNELISE SKOVMAND, soprano
Soprano Annelise Skovmand has been acclaimed for her ability to integrate the poetry with the music and, with her sweet voice, songs come to life in dramatic and intense interpretations. With Rosa Incaica, she transcends her classical voice training and achieves a unique, popular vocal timbre. Her broad range of repertoire extends from chamber music to opera with performances in Argentina, Europe, Mexico and the United States.
Skovmand began voice study at the age of nine and continued her studies, later earning a Bachelor of Music degree with honors in Voice Performance with an Emphasis in Opera from The Boston Conservatory, under scholarship from the Leopold Schepp Foundation. She later completed graduate studies with a Masters degree in Arts Administration at Columbia University, Teachers College.
Her more than twenty year teaching career includes master classes and workshops in Argentina and the U.S. and serving as Chair of the Voice Department at the Conservatorio Provinical de Música of San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina. Between 2007 and 2011, she was on the jury of the Bienal Juvenil music competition organized by Festivales Musicales in Buenos Aires. Currently, she maintains an active private voice studio in Buenos Aires.
“…not only does she have a very pleasant, engaging voice and accurate musical phrasing, she also has an irreproachable pronunciation of Argentinean Spanish.”
— Pablo Kohan, La Nación (Buenos Aires)