GUITAR VIRTUOSO FAREED HAQUE & KAIA STRING QUARTET BRING NEW FLAVOR TO LATIN JAZZ WITH
NEW LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC FOR GUITAR AND STRING QUARTET
New album features music ranging from Afro-Cuban to Tango
U.S.A.’s leading blues & jazz record label Delmark Records is set to release NEW LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC FOR GUITAR AND STRING QUARTET from guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque and Kaia String Quartet, a rising star among American chamber music ensembles. The album features a new work by Demark’s Artistic Director Elbio Barilari, Haque’s own arrangements of Astor Piazzolla’s “Five Tango Sensations,” and more. NEW LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC FOR GUITAR AND STRING QUARTET will be available for purchase from https://delmark.com on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (also for download at delmark.com)
In NEW LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC FOR GUITAR AND STRING QUARTET, Haque and the Kaia String Quartet shine together in a variety of pieces by Latin American masters ranging from Piazzolla to Eduardo Angulo to Leo Brouwer drawing influence from the Caribbean and Mexico to the Río de la Plata. The collaboration offers a new flavor to jazz, Latino, and chamber music. Haque’s formidable experience in those fields in combination with Kaia’s luxurious sound and devotion to Latin American music blossom together in one of the unmistakable albums of the year.
Fareed Haque and KAIA String Quartet will be performing at Old Town School of Folk Music’s Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall in Chicago on Wednesday, October 24 as part of the Chicago Latino Music Festival. This concert will also serve as the album’s release celebration.
NEW LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC FOR GUITAR AND STRING QUARTET Track Listing:
- Eduardo Angulo’s El Alevin (The Minnow) for Guitar and String Quartet
- Astor Piazzolla’s Five Tango Sensations for Guitar and String Quartet with guitar transcriptions by Fareed Haque
- Elbio Barilari’s Canyengue for String Quartet
- Leo Brouwer’s Quintet for Guitar and Strings
KAIA String Quartet Line-up:
- Victoria Moreira & Naomi Culp, violin
- Sixto Franco Chorda, viola
- Hope Shepherd DeCelle, cello
ABOUT FAREED HAQUE
Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation.
Born in 1963 to a Pakistani father and Chilean mother, Haque’s extensive travels and especially long stays in Spain, France, Iran, Pakistan, and Chile exposed Haque to different music from a very early age. While this natural eclecticism has become a hallmark of Haque’s music, it was repeated visits to Von Freeman’s Chicago jam sessions that gave Haque a grounding in the Chicago blues and jazz traditions. Haque’s long history includes working or recording with Paquito D’Rivera, Sting, the Blue Note label, Joe Henderson, Joe Zawinul and many others.
In 2001, Haque’s interest in the jam scene led him to co-found Garaj Mahal. This began 10 years of extensive touring across the U.S., performing more than 200 shows per year. Garaj Mahal released three live CDs as well as five studio albums. In 2009, Haque was voted ‘Best World Guitarist’ by Guitar Player Magazine’s Readers’ poll. His acclaimed 2009 release Flat Planet reached #1 on the World Jazz Radio charts. After 10 years of playing over 2,000 dates with Garaj Mahal, Haque’s interest in electronic music and the Moog Guitar spurred him to leave Garaj Mahal and form Fareed Haque’s MathGames. Recently, Haque has returned to his first loves: jazz guitar and classical guitar. He been busy performing and recording with his trio and jazz quartet, as well as his larger world music group the Flat Earth Ensemble. Haque has also joined drum legend Billy Cobham as a member of his Crosswinds Ensemble.
ABOUT KAIA STRING QUARTET
KAIA String Quartet is a Chicago-based ensemble devoted to capturing the essence of Latin American culture through the medium of the string quartet. KAIA recently completed their residency with WFMT Chicago’s classical and arts radio station where they performed, curated, and exposed audiences to new ways of thinking about Latin American music.
ABOUT DELMARK RECORDS
Delmark Records is America’s oldest existing jazz and blues independent record label. It was founded by Bob Koester Sr. in St. Louis, Missouri in 1953, originally under the name “Delmar.” In 1958, Koester and the label relocated to Chicago with the label’s current name: Delmark.
Throughout its history, Delmark has released records by historical jazz & blues artists such as Sonny Stitt, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Junior Wells, J. B. Hutto, Robert Nighthawk, Luther Allison, Magic Sam, Jimmy Dawkins, Malachi Thompson, Jimmy Johnson, Sleepy John Estes, Arthur Crudup, Otis Rush, Yank Rachell, and Roosevelt Sykes.
The label also has released albums by musicians from Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The first record was Roscoe Mitchell’s Sound (1966) which received a five-star review in Downbeat. This was followed by a string of releases on Delmark that highlighted the new music being played in Chicago by artists associated with the AACM including Muhal Richard Abrams, Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, and Anthony Braxton. Additionally, Delmark released two of the earliest Sun Ra albums, Sun Song and Sound of Joy, in 1967 and 1968 respectively.
Today, Delmark is owned and operated by musicians and educators Julia A. Miller and Elbio Bariliari. Delmark is a force on the Chicago blues & jazz music scene with records by jazz artists such as Ari Brown, Ernest Dawkins, Nicole Mitchell, Paul Giallorenzo, Jason Stein, Frank Catalano, Rob Mazurek, Ken Vandermark, Fred Anderson, plus blues musicians including Zora Young, Ken Saydak, Byther Smith, Michael Coleman, Little Arthur Duncan, Eddie C. Campbell, and Jimmy Burns, among others.