• Tango Mass Abrazo - Kristin Amparo

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  • Tango Mass Abrazo - Allmänna sången

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  • Romancero Gitano - Anders Emtell

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  • Romancero Gitano - Canorus

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Abrazo - Tango Mass

Magnificent final at this year's Uppsala International Guitar Festival
Sunday October 13 at 6.30 pm, University Hall
Ticket release August 27

We can promise a magnificent final at this year's Uppsala International Guitar Festival, there the guitar meets Uppsala's driving tradition in the General Song and Canorus. On Sunday the thirteenth of October, about a hundred singers, musicians and dancers will participate in the concert in the University Hall.

The Tango Mass "Abrazo" is a unique and uplifting work where composer Yamandu Pontvik brings together the expression of the tango with the shape of the fair. A sensual meeting where music, text and dance form an inner spiritual whole.

We also get to experience the Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo – Tedesco's Romancero Gitano - Roman romances - for choir and guitar. The texts are taken from Federico Garcia Lorca's poem collection Poema del cante jondo. In total, about a hundred singers are musicians and dancers in the concert. We can promise a magnificent final at this year's Uppsala International Guitar Festival.

As a soloist we see Kristin Amparo who, with her artistry, her joy and passion is one of Sweden's most colorful singers. Participants also perform Ensemble Yamandu with international top musicians: Eva Lindal violin, Anna Lindal violin, Mikael Augustsson bandoneon, Juan Mendoza double bass, Dos Mas Uno with Marcelo Dellamea guitar, Hugo Dellamea guitar, and Ariel Sánchez percussion.

A dance interpretation of the "Abrazo" tango fair is made by Buenos Aires's finest tango couples, Andrea Kuna and Emmanuel Riquelme.

Yamandú Pontvik is a composer, choral conductor and baritone singer, born and raised in Uruguay living in Sweden since 1986. Yamandú has coined the concept of "culture frame" as a mental counter-fire to the more destructive word "culture rock". Yamandú has over the years written several works for choirs, including the Diversity Fair. He has worked with Latin American vocal music for many years and is a soloist in, among others, Misa Criolla and Navidad Nuestra. In 2010, Yamandú Kjell Lönnås was awarded the choir leader scholarship and in 2018 ST's and SCA's cultural scholarship.

Mario Castelnuovo–Tedesco (1895–1968), Italian composer and pianist, who escaped fascism to the United States. He belonged to moderate modernism, wrote commissioned works for Jascha Heifetz and Andrés Segovia and composed the music in many famous films.

Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) Spanish poet and playwright. He was a devoted supporter of the Spanish Republic and was assassinated by the Franco regime at the beginning of the Civil War.

Kristin Amparo made her breakthrough with the hit list hit "Your Soldier" which she wrote and performed with artist Albin. She is also the unmistakable voice behind the dance music hit "Dance your tears away" by John De Sohn. Kristin Amparo has worked with large parts of the Swedish music elite: Nina Persson from Cardigans, Oskar Linnros, Daniel Adams-Rey, Looptroop Rockers, Janne Schaffer and Jon Henrik Fjällgren, to name a few.

Anders Emtell from Uppsala holds a master's degree in classical guitar from the Royal Academy of Music. His repertoire includes solo pieces and chamber music, for example with violin, flute, piano or song. He has performed as a soloist with string orchestras and choirs. Anders Emtell has a position as church musician in the Vaksala congregation.

Allmänna Sången is Scandinavia's oldest academic choir, founded in 1830. Residing in Uppsala, it is one of Sweden's most regarded mixed choirs. The choir sings under the direction of its conductor Maria Goundorina.

Canorus is a mixed choir in Uppsala with a repertoire that varies widely - from large classical works to traditional Swedish choral music, folk music and jazz. The choir sings under the direction of its conductor Katarina Reineck.

Karin Ingebäck is a soprano and has performed in a number of roles at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, Gothenburg Opera, NorrlandsOperan, Wermland Opera, Drottningholms Slottsteater and at Vadstena Akademien. On the concert stage she has sung with the French National Orchestra in Paris, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphonics, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.

Håkan Ekenäs
is trained as Advanced Opera Singer at the Royal College Of Music in London and Benjamin Britten International Opera School. He has sung in roles at the Grand Theater in Leeds and the Britten Theater in London.

Martin Åsander is a tenor and sings in many contexts both as a choir and soloist. He is also active as a church musician, conductor, trumpeter, composer and organizer of music in various genres.

Thanks to our partners

We especially want to thank our collaborating partners Swedish Church and Uppsala University in the Abrazo project. We would also like to thank all the participating musicians, choirs, dancers and the fine technical staff at the University Hall.

Music genre   Tango & Spanish
Sunday October 13
Universitetsaulan, Uppsala
Concert at 6.30pm

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