A flavoured mix of Mexico, Brazil and Cuba. Musicians with different cultural background play in between the differences and similarities of Latin styles of their countries, building their own flavor of expression.
The Cuban laud (laúd cubano) is a type of a Spanish laud. The size is between a laud and a bandurria and it is tuned a bit higher than the Spanish laud. It has 12 metal strings in 6 double courses that are played with a plectrum. Mostly chords are played, with solos to fill in between the vocal lines. Combining Cuban rhythms and harmony to the special features of this instrument, results in a unique expressiveness.
Ernesto Luís is one of the few masters of this type of instrument worldwide. Aracombó revives the expression of the Cuban laud, experimenting with different music genres of Mexico and Brazil.
The Brazilian seven-string guitar is an acoustic guitar with one additional string, commonly used to extend the bass range. It was introduced to Brazil in the early 20th century as a steel string guitar, probably brought by Russian migrants. This guitar was used in Brazil primarily in choro and samba, being developed throughout the 20th century in the "baixaria" (counterpoint and accompaniment technique in choro and samba), especially by musician Dino 7 Cordas. In the early 1980s the nylon string version was made, and has become the norm for most contemporary choro musicians in Brazil.
Carlos Corona plays the Brazilian seven-string guitar in Guadalajara, Mexico, and discovers many possibilities to integrate the Brazilian “baixaria” in other music genres. Aracombó presents this fusion of the Brazilian seven-strings guitar in Cuban and Mexican music genres including the Cuban laud and voice. A great experiment with great new flavors!
Ernesto Luís, called el guajíro, is received the prestigious award “Best Laud Player in Cuba 1998”. He is a musician with an extensive career, who has shared the stage with legendary Cuban artists such as Compay Segundo and Barbarito Torres.
Born into a musician’s family, he started his musical training playing the Tres Cubano in popular Cuban music. Later the Cuban laud became his favorite instrument. He intensified his skills during his music studies at the “Escuela de Música de Santa Clara”.
During his career he founded several important bands in Cuba, touring in different countries like Canada, Spain and Paraguay. Since 2004 Ernesto lives in Guadalajara, México.
Making her debut at the age of fourteen in the Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, Giovanna Piazza voices her interculturalism by transcending languages while singing.
Born in Brazil, Giovanna lived a large part of her life in Germany, France and Mexico. She started vocal training with tenor David Lee Brewer in Weimar, Germany. At the age of 18 she took part in a performance in the Volksbühne theatre in Berlin. In 2002 she performed in Kassel, Germany in the dance theatre production of “Pasión el tango”, singing with the tango/jazz band Pasiango. Together they recorded an album of this production in 2004. 2003 she performed in the play “Aymineh und Alladin”, under the direction of Wolfram Mehring, singing in Turkish.
Singing in eight languages and in a variety of genres, Giovanna loves to mix music styles and genres, performing with Guitarist Carlos Corona as Babel Collage since 2009.
She has been invited to perform with different groups as the french music band "Les Femmes de Serge" or the klezmer/jazz band Sherele. They featured her in their album “Goulash Birria” in 2012, singing in Yiddish.
2016 she record her first solo album called "Vereda Tropical", a fusion between Mexican and Brazilian music with also owns compositions.
Since 2017 Giovanna lives in Berlin, Germany
Carlos Corona was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1990. Inspired by Brazilian music, Carlos discovered the Brazilian Seven String Guitar and started to used it into jazz and Latin-American popular music in his different projects in Guadalajara. Being part of different bands in Guadalajara, he played different music styles as Cuban and Brazilian music, Jazz Manouche, Mexican son Jarocho, boleros and european music, performing in several theaters and festivals.
All this background helped him to explore the Brazilian Seven String Guitar through his own compositions and originalarrangements of popular Mexican songs, using contemporary harmony.
His first album "Siete Cuerdas Tapatías" was released in Mexico 2015 presenting his pursuit to find new musical sounds and possibilities within the contemporary Mexican guitar. Siete Cuerdas Tapatías received the sponsorship of The Secretaría de Cultura de Jalisco.
He performed Siete Cuerdas Tapatías at the international Jalisco Jazz Festival 2016, Premio Nacional del Agave 2016, Teatro Sala Higinio Ruvalcaba and Festival Cultural del Grullo 2017.
Since 2017 Carlos is living in Berlin, Germany.