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:

  • 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 last year to excellent critical reviews.  

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. They have shared the stage with Argentine folk and tango music greats: Jaime Torres, el Chaqueño Palevecino, Adriana Varela, el Sexteto Mayor and Juan Falú.  The duo offers lecture-demonstrations and seminars on the music and poetry of Argentina and master classes for voice, guitar and chamber music.

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Program Offerings

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…

A Voice and A Guitar: Tribute to Eduardo Falú

ROSA INCAICA pays tribute to the virtuoso guitarist, consummate singer, and exquisite composer in a musical program offering: “A Guitar and A Voice: Tribute to Eduardo Falú”.  This program includes a fine selection of his most eloquent, emotional songs interwoven with his virtuoso solo pieces for guitar. 

Argentine guitarist and composer Eduardo Falú (1923-2013) was a major pillar in the history of the guitar.  Falú was one of the fathers of the modern Argentine folk song movement, performing and composing folk music with classical virtuosity. With his original, yet authentic artistry, Falú’s rich baritone voice and virtuoso guitar playing were heralded by fans worldwide. A prolific composer with over 150 poems set to music, Falú crafted works in partnership with the most outstanding poets of his generation (Jaime Dávalos, Manuel Castilla, Jorge Luis Borges and León Benarós, among many others) – songs that would become a fundamental part of the Argentine popular songbook.  

Eduardo Falú’s works for guitar are interpreted all over the world – not only performed by popular musicians, but as part of the programs of study of major conservatories and schools of music. In his music, one can hear the influence of the distinctive melodies of the musical forms of the Argentine North and others derived from the old melodies brought over from Spain. Because of harmonic studies with Carlos Guastavino, the influence of the great masters of the Art Song – Schubert and Schumann – take shape in the original harmonic progressions used by Falú, with a mastery that emphasizes the simplicity of the melodies and the profoundness of the texts.  ROSA INCAICA lends its own unique sound and dramatic interpretations to this program of Eduardo Falú's Argentine folk music classics.


Lectures & Master Classes