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Film, Video Alejandro Brittes Quartet: Masters of Chamamé

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  • Alejandro Brittes Quartet: Masters of Chamamé


  • The Alejandro Brittes Quartet uses innovation to explores the traditional, cross-border chamamé musical genre, a confluence of indigenous Guaraní and Iberian Baroque influences, slow-cooked over centuries. The unique ensemble, based in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil, is composed of Alejandro Brittes (accordion) from Argentina, as well as Charlise Bandeira (flute), André Ely (seven-stringed guitar), and Carlos de Césaro (contrabass), all three from Brazil. Chamamé, whose epicenter is northeast Argentina, has been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Brittes' musical career spans over 30 years. He has published 100 original compositions and nine albums, and has performed in ten nations in the Americas and Europe, collaborating with chamamé legends such as Raúl Barboza and Chango Spasiuk. For 2023 U.S. touring, Alejandro Brittes Quartet is supported by Ibermúsicas/Mid Atlantic Arts' Iber Exchange program, and the Lei de Incentivo a Cultura -- Rouanet of the Federal Government of Brazil. This event is made possible in part with the support of the Embassy of Argentina.

Event Date

  • September 21, 2023

Running Time

  • 1 hours 4 minutes 55 seconds

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  • video
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  • online text

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