Argentine singer Belén Mackinlay brings her innovative Latin American world music to Bovary.
Belén Mackinlay pushes the limits of Latin American world music and creates a vivid counterpoint with contemporary jazz, delivering a virtuous burst of passion, spontaneity and new sounds, all wrapped up by her sweet, lulling and melodious voice.
Playing an instrumental role in this process are spirited and genuine maestro Carlos Rivero on bombo legüero (a traditional Argentine drum) —Rivero also incorporates indigenous odd techniques such as saucepan-percussion— and impeccable Juan Esteban Cuacci on piano.
This powerful folk trio from Argentina has just embarked on its second European tour and is set to perform in venues in Barcelona, Malmo, Paris and Copenhaguen.
Belén Mackinlay is currently touring her third studio album Encuentro Sur, which features arrangements by pianist Cuacci and finds perfect common ground between academic music and Argentine folk music. Belén Mackinlay has a versatility that allows her to break down boundaries and bridge the gap between genres and territories.
The concert will also include songs from her debut and second albums, Trébol Blanco and Huella.
Musicians- Bio Cvs
Belén Mackinlay is a singer who has been specializing on Argentina’s folk music. She has released two albums — Trébol blanco and Huella—, which have earned her the praise of specialized critics. A vocalist that has explored several genres, Belén now devotes herself exclusively to Argentine folk, and sings with the accompaniment of three musicians. Her profuse training includes a robust background in musical theatre,
as she has performed in top productions such as Les Misérables and Beauty and the Beast.
Belén’s repertoire is characterized by a personal and modern perspective that endows Argentine folk with an innovative edge. The leader of a band of renowned jazz and folk musicians, Belén received a nomination for Trébol Blanco as Best Album by a
New Folk Artist at the 2013 edition of the Gardel Awards. This album goes back to her roots, and is a synthesis of her life as an artist. With performances including the Cosquín Folk Music Festival —the most prestigious of its kind in Argentina—, she was
selected by the Government of the City of Buenos Aires as part of the schedule of performances of the “Bares Notables” (a cluster of bars and cafes rated as city heritage). Belén is a passionate explorer of the language of her country’s folk music, and her voice brings out the emotion of this genre’s melodies and words.
In 2015, on account of her efforts in disseminating Argentina’s folk music, Belén was designated Roving Ambassador for Culture by the Municipality of her birth town Ayacucho, a city in the Province of Buenos Aires.
In 2017 she toured for the first time in the USA, performing at the Argentine Embassy in Washington, General consulate of Argentina in New York, General consulate of Argentina in Chicago, and the Old Town School of folk Music in Chicago.
Juan Esteban Cuacci is an Argentinean self-taught musician, multi-
instrumentalist and composer.
In 2014, he was named Outstanding Personality of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires by the city government.
He started his professional career at the age of 12, establishing himself as a pianist, arranger and composer of Argentinean and Latin-American popular music.
During his youth, he found Tango as his home. For more than ten years he was Susana Rinaldi’s pianist.
Outside the tango and related with others musics such as Latin American folklore, jazz, rock, classical and contemporary music, pop and many differents world music, and as well as theatrical experiences, he worked with artists such as, Paloma San Basilio, Elena Roger, Inés Rinaldi, , Olga Gillot, Sara Montiel, Julio Bocca y Liza Minelli.
Since 1990 he has done countless world tours.
At the year 2000 he established himself in Europe: first in Sweden and then in Spain. For six years he was pianist and musical director of the Spanish pop artists, Raphael.
From his personal projects there are fourteen albums: “Siempre en la Trinchera” (2017) with Marcelo Mercadante, “Tango Vivo” (2016) and “Sin Red” with Pablo Agri (2014),“Solos” with Sandra Luna (2011), “Tiempo y Aparte” (2010), “Lugar” with Graciela Novellino (2009), “Cuacci & Cuacci” (2007), “Original Blend” with Ramiro Obedman (2007), “Tango Ao Vivo“ (2006), “A Ningun Lado“ (2004), “Novo ArTango“ (2003), “Cantando a Jobim” with Susana Moreira (2002), “Skanstull, Tango
Trio” with Lila Horovitz and Mike Augustsson (2001) and “Live in Stockholm” with
Lila Horovitz (2000).
Currently, he is constantly expanding the Argentine music around the world and
renewing its repertoire. In 2015, he wrote the music for the “Operita” “Caprichos de
Luna” over the Leopoldo Flumini´s libretto. He forms two piano duo, one with the
brilliant Maria Martinova, and another with the great argentinian classical pianist
Horacio Lavandera, playing in both duos music writing by Cuacci
At the same time he arranges popular music for numerous groups, not only of traditional
tango ones, but also for artists such a Giora Feidman, Avi Avital, the Swedish band
Tangarte, etc. He is also in charge of various tango workshops around the world and
collaborates in various projects with artists such as Gabriela Bergallo, Olvido Lanza,
Pablo Agri and Marcelo Mercadante, playing his most recent compositions and
arrangements of contemporary tango.
Carlos Rivero is a musician, author, composer, and teacher. Referent of
Argentina´s folk music nowadays. Born in the Argentine province of San Juan, he has
played side-by-side with top figures of local folk both in studios and on stage. Carlos
has been honored with the Trimarg Award, a prize granted by the Argentine Music
Council (UNESCO), for his work as an Argentine folk musician. He has also won a
scholarship in folk performance arts by the National Fund for the Arts.
In addition, Carlos is the leader of the Bombos Legüeros band, an ensemble of
artists comprising percussionists, singers and dancers, where he deepens in the study
and development of Argentine folkloric rhythms. In his teaching capacity, he held
between 1987 and 2013 the folk music chair at the Popular Music School of
He taught workshops and courses of “Apreciation of the folkloric language” and
“Bombo legüero and percussion in Argentine folk” all over the Argentina. As the result
of his intense teaching and professional work he created the “Method for Bombo
Legüero and Percussion in Argentine folk” embodied in his book “Bombo legüero y
percusión folklórica argentina” (2007). He is currently writing the second volume of it.
In addition, he is also writing a book of arrangements for percussion bombo leguero´s