Ensamble Nacional del Sur (ENS)
Over the last ten years the ENS have developed an enthusiastic audience for their dynamic concerts and regularly receive rave reviews. They have a loyal following for their distinctive concerts and play in all the best venues such as
The format may look like instruments associated with the world of rock or jazz but the result is something completely different. Comparisons have made between Edgar Varèse and Astor Piazzolla, or from Frank Zappa to John Cage, but really what speaks about the music of the ENS is its driving rhythm and relentless quest for originality.
Defying easy definitions and pigeon-holes, the ENS is provocative and radical. They succeed in leading audiences on an emotional and poetic journey where the lines between the Classical, the Contemporary, and the Popular are questioned and re-positioned. As music critic Federico Monjeau (Clarín) writes, “The instruments are pulsing and percussive, closer to free jazz and rock than the academic orchestra or the electro-acoustic tradition."
Whilst embracing the best in science and technology Edelstein’s perspective is never far away from the poetic, and headlines from numerous articles about his work serve to trace these musical preoccupations, for example; “Between Poetry and Technology”, “Music without Concessions”, “Music in 6 Channels”, “Damned Stereo”, “Music Improvisation and Poetry”, “Laboratory of Music”, “A Live Musical Laboratory”, “Out of the Laboratory”, “Music with the Pulse of Blood”, “Sounds in Space”, “Going from Poetry to Opera”, “An Original Adventure”, “Magma in Movement”, “A Journey of Sound”, “A Distinctive Sound”, “Taking the Musicians Out of Their Boxes”, “A Space to Glimpse the Forefront of Music”; “Offering a Provocative and Unsettling Aesthetic Experience”, “A Composer at the Edges of the Established System”, “On Repetition and Destiny” and so on.
The ENS encompass all the emotional intensity and passion of Latin America. Their concerts give the sensation of being inside a crystal where all the rhythms of Argentina (chamamé, chacarera and tango) mix with the pulse of the politics. It's as if the sounds are reflected in the mirror of a Borges story or in Jackson Pollock’s dreams. The core quintet of young musicians train intensively with composer - pianist Oscar Edelstein, so as to give the audience an intense experience of "liveness" - the feeling that these notes will never be heard again and that you are witness to a rare and special sonic feast.
The trademark of Oscar Edelstein (as well as his hat) is that he has the ability to weave together various genres and therefore has an enthusiastic public that allow him to appear in a wide variety of important centres on the music and culture circuits from theatres to jazz clubs, concert halls to academic centres of excellence, including; Centro Cultural Nestor Kirchner, Auditorio Borges - Biblioteca Nacional, Teatro Caras y Caretas, Goethe Institut, Teatro San Martín, Centro Cultural Rojas, Casa de la Cultura, Café Vinilo, La Trastienda, Teatro Payró, Casa de la Cultura del FNA, Centro Nacional de la Música, Teatro Margarita Xirgu (Buenos Aires); Teatro Argentina (La Plata); Teatro 3 de Febrero (Parana); Centro Parque España (Rosario), Auditorio Bustelo (Mendoza); Auditorio del CePIA - Facultad de Artes (Córdoba), Auditorio Nicolás Cassullo (Quilmes), Sala Martins Penna (Brasilia) and so on.
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