The Burlington, Vermont-based duo recently moved to the Northern Hemisphere from Bogota, Colombia, where both Sarah and Daniel had busy careers as soloists and chamber musicians as well as educators. Sarah performed regularly with the country’s major orchestras in symphonic and oratorio repertoire and developed a nationally-renowned voice and opera undergraduate program. Daniel was a winner and finalist in several solo guitar and chamber competitions and presented numerous outreach concerts with the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra.
As 8 Cuerdas, Sarah and Daniel combine their classical training and experience with their love of traditional Latin American and Spanish rhythms and folklore, exploring the multiple musical identities of Latin America and the origin of many of its influences, the Iberian Peninsula. Whether recreating a soulful Argentinian milonga, bringing out the percussiveness of the Latin American chacarera, or drawing on the intense passion of flamenco, the duo leads much of their classical repertoire into the world music realm, creating a wide variety of sounds and atmospheres.
Already a favorite with Vermont audiences, 8 Cuerdas is now known for lively performances that juxtapose impossibly soft lullabies with high-powered zarzuela arias. Their concerts combine such well-known favorites as Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras and Rodrigo’s Aranjuez, Ma Penseé with works by up-and-coming composers from Latin America and centuries-old melodies from Spain, all guided by short dynamic explanations of the repertoire to bring audiences even closer.
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