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Physical release: 6 November 2015

Sasha Rozhdestvensky violin
Francisco Gonzalez guitar, voice
Juan Fernando Garcia flute
Nelson Gomez guitarron
Igor Fedrov clarinet

Nominated for a German Record Critic’s Award 2015 (Traditional Ethic Music category)

The AMBAR group is the result of a collaboration of three Colombian musicians and a Russian violinist. Each one of them contributes to the group in a singular way from his personal experience. In addition to their classical training, some of them have also been involvedfrom a very early age in traditional music. The group’s repertory is carefully chosen in away that allows each member to express theirindividual personalities, thus offering an originalinterpretation at each performance.

AMBAR currently performs a wide repertory of Latin American music in which three countriesare emphasized: Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil. Colombian music is represented by the Bambucoand the Pasillo or Colombian Waltz, indigenousto the Andes Region, the Cumbia and the Porrofrom the Caribbean coast and the Joropofrom the Oriental region. This region, through which the Orinoco Riverpasses is a great valley shared by Colombia and Venezuela as a single culture. Besidesthis region, Venezuela is representedin the group’s repertory by the Vals Venezolano.

The AMBAR group also explores the Brazilian Choro. This genre had a great popularityat the beginning of the 20th century in the sameway as Bambuco and Pasillo did in Colombia. Choro means ‘lament’ in Portuguese. This ‘saudade’ (nostalgia) filled music is a major partof their repertory, as well as more festive music!

Since the formation of Ambar in 2000, the group have performed at many prestigious festivals and in concert halls throughout Europe, including Salle Gaveau in Paris and The Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow accompanied by State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia.

Jorge Olaya MUÑOZ (1916-1995)
1. Como Para Desenguayabar – Bambuco fiestero

GUINGA (Carlos Althier de Souza Lemos ESCOBAR) (1950)
2. Choro Pro Zé – Choro

Cristóbal Soto (1954-)
3. El Tercio – Joropo

PIXINGUINHA (Alfredo da ROCHA VIANA, Jr) (1897-1973)
4. Atencioso – Choro

Francisco GONZÁLEZ  (1954-)
5. Danza de los Amantes Efímeros – Vals

6. Pedro Oropeza VOLCÁN (1872-1959) Morenita • TRADITIONAL El Muñeco Juan – Merengue

 Astor PIAZZOLA (1921-1992)
7. Oblivion – Milonga

Homero EXPÓSITO (1918-1987) / Virgilio EXPÓSITO (1924-1997)
8. Naranjo en Flor – Tango

Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908)
9. Zapateado, Op. 23, No. 2 – Zapateado

Manuel María PONCE (1882-1942)
10. Estrellita – Danza

León CARDONA (1927-)
11. Ensueño – Bambuco

Jacob do BANDOLIM (1918-1969)
12. O Vôo da Mosca – Valsa
13. Doce de Côco – Choro

Nelson GÓMEZ (1953-)
14. Don Noel – Pasillo

15. Adolfo ECHAVARRÍA (1934) Para Santa Marta • TRADITIONAL La Cumbiamba – Porro