Country Chile

Discipline Music

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Duration 55 minutes

Language Spanish

Dates January 13, 21:00h

Natalia Contesse, one of the voices of current Chilean song, has chosen to follow a path creating her own music from what she’s learned from folklore

David Ponce, musicapopular.cl

This January 13, Natalia Contesse will perform Agua at Tocatas Mil, a concert born from her desire to defend Chilean rivers. Together with three musicians — Simón González, Patricio Rojas and Luis Barrueto — and special guests like Nano Stern, this acclaimed folklorist, composer and singer-songwriter will perform some of her songs. A fusion of jazz, folklore and pop music has made her one of the most outstanding artists on the Chilean scene, with a career spanning more than 15 years. Constantly researching local traditional culture, Contesse has spent years gathering together what remains of the last living singers. As well as being a follower of the great folklorist Margot Loyola, she currently runs the Chilean School of Folklore and Craft in La Reina, inspired by a dream Violeta Parra tried to make reality in the sixties. After being nominated for a Pulsar Award for her latest album, Diluvio — in which she recaptures the African influences on Chilean cueca — and having traveled through Argentina, Cuba and Mexico, Natalia Contesse comes to Santiago a Mil at the height of her career.

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Juan Miguel Morales

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Natalia Contesse

(United States, 1978)

This Chilean folklore and Latin American fusion singer-songwriter and researcher has released three albums - Puñado de tierra (2011), Corra la voz (2013) and Diluvio (2017) , for which she was nominated for a Pulsar Award for best singer-songwriter. She put on a performance to pay tribute to one of her mentors, Margot Loyola, at the Talca Regional Theater with the Maule Classical Orchestra. Her career went international with concerts in Cuba, Argentina and Mexico, a country she will also tour in 2019. In 2018, she was involved in the Esencial project, putting on concerts in which she shared the stage with the outstanding Mapuche poet Elicura Chihuailaf. As well as her career in music, Contesse founded — and today runs — the Chilean School of Folklore and Craft.

Composer and singer-songwriter Natalia Contesse | Guitar Simón González | Double bass Patricio Rojas | Percussion Luis Barrueto

  • In a career spanning more than 15 years, Natalia Contesse has done research into and compiled important information about important folklorists, poets, folk singers and guitar players, including Manuel Sánchez, Margot Loyola, Patricia Chavarría and Alfonso Rubio.

  • Her nomination for a Pulsar Award in 2018 confirmed her as one of the most important folklorists and composers on the scene today. This year she is also part of the line-up for Lollapalooza Chile.

  • Diluvio, her latest album, is the result of research financed by a Fondart project into the influence of African music on its Chilean counterpart.

  • Contesse runs the Chilean School of Folklore and Craft, which is housed in an abandoned municipal department she discovered when looking for the exact place where Violeta Parra put up her famous circus tent in La Reina. According to Paula Magazine, cueca dancing, printing, pottery, basket-making, weaving and kite-making workshops are held there.

«Singer, agent and producer, Natalia Contesse spreads her vocation for roots and creation over multiple channels at the same time»

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Natalia Contesse, one of the voices of current Chilean song, has chosen to follow a path creating her own music from what she’s learned from folklore

David Ponce, musicapopular.cl

«Singer, agent and producer, Natalia Contesse spreads her vocation for roots and creation over multiple channels at the same time»

músicapopular.cl

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