Argentine Contemporary Folk & Classical Music

On this page you will find information about ROSA INCAICA (Annelise Skovmand, voice and Pablo González Jazey, guitar), including their program offerings, lectures and master classes:

  • TANGO: Astor Piazzolla Centennial Celebration
  • ROSA INCAICA: Argentine Folk Music in Concert
  • Argentine Folk Music in Classical Composers 
  • Flores Argentinas 
  • A Voice and A Guitar: Tribute to Eduardo Falú 
  • Guitarra Tucumana 
  • British Connection 
  • Tango and Beyond: Music from Argentina 
  • Argentine folk music for the guitar
  • Master Classes: Guitar, Voice and Chamber Music

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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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Program Offerings

TANGO: Astor Piazzolla Centennial Celebration 

2021 marks the centennial anniversary of tango great Astor Piazzolla. In celebration, ROSA INCAICA is offering a program of music by Astor Piazzolla for solo guitar and voice. The performance will highlight some of Piazzolla’s most famous music arranged for solo guitar and for voice and guitar, some very well-known TriunfalAdios NoninoBalada para un locoAlguien le dice al tango, selections from his operita Maria de Buenos Aires and some of his beautiful songs written with Horacio Ferrer and other poets that are not as well known.  The program also includes a selection of great tangos that influenced or were influenced by Piazzolla by: Carlos Gardel, Héctor Stamponi, Eladia Blázquez, Enrique Cadícamo, among others. 


Aire de la zamba niña - 

Tormentoso - 

El ultimo café (Castillo/Stamponi):

ROSA INCAICA: Argentine Folk Music in Concert

ROSA INCAICA takes audiences on a tour of traditional and contemporary folk music repertoire from the North of Argentina.  The group’s musical expedition combines repertoire rooted in the folk tradition, including its own original compositions, with arrangements that broach the classical chamber music world. A diverse program that includes rhythmical chacareras, lyrical zambas and amusing gatos – a selection of songs by the great composers of Argentine folk music including Atahualpa Yupanqui, Ariel Ramírez, María Elena Walsh, Pepe Nuñez, the Abalos Brothers, Juan Falú and Teresa Parodi. The musical journey includes a collection of songs from ROSA INCAICA's recordings: “Norte” and “Cielo y Tierra”.

Argentine Folk Music in Classical Composers

The influence of folk music is often heard in Argentine classical and academic composers – Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) is perhaps the best known internationally. He was a member of the Nationalist Movement of the Americas alongside Carlos Chávez from Mexico, Heitor Villa Lobos from Brazil and Aaron Copland from the United States.  This movement sought a way to break with the European musical tradition through their own sonorities in a language that reflected each of their own countries. Ginastera, especially in its first compositional period known as Objective Nationalism, used rhythmic, melodic and structural elements of Argentine rural folklore. Although the rhythm that Ginastera uses in his music is immediately recognizable by its complexity and vitality, other elements are made present in its nationalistic language: melodic turns and cadences, harmonies, dances, forms of articulation of the musical discourse and the permanent evocation to musical instruments, such as the guitar. However, in this concert proposal, the guitar happens to have a real place in the aforementioned pieces. The arrangements maintain the complex harmonies of the original and at the same time exalt the folkloric elements of the songs. 

ROSA INCAICA, along with guest artists, presents Alberto Ginastera's song cycles: "Cantos del Tucumán" and "Las horas de una estancia". The program is completed with the cycle of songs "Pájaros" by Carlos Guastavino with poems by León Benarós.

Flores Argentinas

ROSA INCAICA presents a tour of the forms and musical influences of Argentina, interpreted with its own style and illuminated by the characteristic spirit of popular music throughout the country. The repertoire includes "Flores Argentinas", a cycle of songs by Carlos Guastavino (1912-2000) with the poetry of Leon Benarós, "Cinco Canciones Populares Argentinas", "Dos Canciones Op 2" and "Cantos del Tucumán" by Alberto Ginastera.

The texts that Guastavino selected for his songs reflect the beauty and simplicity of his melodies. The famous poet Leon Benarós (1915-2012) collaborated often with Guastavino and from their work together, emerged “Flores Argentinas”, a cycle of 12 songs about different native flowers from around the country. The poetry and music evokes the botanical beauty and characteristics of each flower, from the heights of the Andes Mountains to the plains of the Pampas. The songs, originally for voice and piano, lend themselves very naturally to the guitar, an instrument capable of bringing out the folk elements that the songs evoke. 

Listening to "Flores Argentinas"…allows us to truly hear and to envision the infinite images that emerge from within ourselves – the words and sounds, the colors and timbres, the arrested sighs and suspended cadences, the fluttering air and rhythm…

Lectures & Master Classes