Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble
Lorena Tango-Foto NUEVA-FELIPE-47-xxx
Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble
Lorena at UNCG Collage
Lorena Guillén - NC Folk Festival 2021
Alejandro Rutty - NC Folk Festival 2021
Adam Ricci- NC Folk Festival 2021
Erik Schmidt - NC Folk Festival 2021
Jacqui Carrasco - NC Folk Festival 2021
Lorena Guillén and Jacqui Carrasco- NC Folk Festival 2021
Alvas Room-Los Angeles-2
Alvas Room-Los Angeles-2019
Lorena Guillén en Mastering "The Other
Los Angeles Harbor College
Georgia Southern University-Jacqui-Alejandro-Lorena
WUNC Radio-Frank Stacio Program-Lorea and Alejandro
WUNC Radio-Frank Stasio Program
Guy-Alejandro-Lorena-University of Mary
Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble
Lorena Guillen Tango Ensemble
Guy Capuzzo - Eric Wilie - Lorena Guillén
The Music Box - St. Lucia
Jacqui Carrasco - Guy Capuzzo
Carrasco - Martinez - Ricci - Rutty
Lorena Guillen - Alejandro Rutty
Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble-2018
The Other Side
Rutty - Martinez
Adam Ricci - Lorena Guillén - Alejandro Rutty - Jacqui Carrasco
Fernando Martinez Lopez
"...a gem of a performing ensemble..."
“I was captured by the fearlessness with which Guillén sings. Her phrasing was dynamic, sensitive, and smattered with colorful timbres. The instrumentalists in the ensemble set up a perfect canvas for Guillén to sing over. Arranged by bassist Alejandro Rutty, the simplicity and clarity of the orchestrated instrumental parts amplified the sincere emotive and narrative power of Guillén's voice.”
--The Classical Voice of North Carolina
Lorena Guillén, voice and artistic director
Alejandro Rutty, piano and bass
Jacqui Carrasco, violin
Guy Capuzzo, guitar
Adam Ricci, piano
Erik Schmidt, percussion
LGTE Streaming from NC Museum of Art (starts at min.53:00):
With its mesmerizing style and sound, the award winning Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble has captivated audiences with soulful arrangements of Argentine tango standards and original compositions that create a dynamic tango and pan-Latin fusion. The musicians in the group each have rich and extensive experience in Argentine tango, jazz, classical and contemporary music, and other world and popular music styles, all of which can be heard on their debut recording, The Other Side of My Heart.
“The Not Your Average Folk Contest " Grand Prize Winner-2021" and "World Music” category winners of NC Museum of Art 2021, the LGTE is currently recording its second album Tango Diaspora, which plans to release at the beginning of 2022.
The Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble has been featured on TV performances for NC PBS channel and Fox8News as well as live radio programs such as WUNC’s “The State of Things” with Frank Stasio (NPR affiliate in Chapel Hill, NC), KUNM’s “Corazón Tanguero” with Cristina Baccin (NPR affiliate in Albuquerque, NM), and WFDD "Triad Arts."
Based in North Carolina, the group has been committed to collaborations and concerts with some of the Triangle and Triad “milongas” and tango-dance organizations: “Durham-Tango” and “Alma-Tango” (WS), with which it has shared the stage in many occasions in concerts, festivals and workshops. There has been also a continuous community engagement with the most prominent Latino organizations of the region, such as Casa Azul of Greensboro and the Hispanic League of Winston Salem; the ensemble's recording reflects that commitment. Developed by Lorena Guillén (lyricist/vocalist) and Alejandro Rutty (composer/bass player), The Other Side of My Heart, is an oral-history musical piece based on interviews with six Latina immigrants to NC. The women’s testimonies became the lyrics of six songs, and fragments of their recorded voices can be heard throughout the piece.
In 2019, the ensemble developed “In The Embrace of Tango: Jewish Tango Project,” a program that explores Argentine tango and its crossed-path with Jewish culture: tango in the pre-WWII Europe, later in the ghettos, in the early 20th century NYC and Buenos Aires Yiddish theater and through compositions of the first generation of Argentine-Jewish composers. Concerts were presented at the Levin Jewish Community Center (Durham), for the Shalom Club (Raleigh) and in a mini-workshop and concert along with the singer-students of the UNCG University Chorale (Carol Ott, conductor) and tango dancers Eduardo and Alicia Lazarowski (Durham-Tango).
Many of these creative initiatives have been generously funded by grants from the following organizations, which have supported the group's creation of original works, audio-recording, video-recording and implementation of workshops: ArtsGreensboro “Regional Artist Project,” NC arts Council, New-Music USA, and “Diversity-Mini-Grant” from UNCG-College of Visual and performing Arts.
Over the years, the ensemble has presented its music in national and international stages: NC Folk Festival, Kleinhans Music Hall and the Calumet Arts Café in Buffalo, NY; MusicBox Theater and Folk Research Center (Saint Lucia, West Indies) Frick Museum Summer Concerts (PA), Center stage Series at the Sangre de Cristo Auditorium (CO), Winston-Salem’s annual FIESTA Festival, the Hispanic League’s “Colorful Sounds in Concert” and the Music Carolina SummerFest; in Durham for the Mallarmé Chamber Players; Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret, and the Music For-A-Great-Space series; at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum Summer Concert Series; High Point University, Georgia Southern University, and in greater LA at Alvas Showroom, LA Harbor College and Crafton College.
Interested in engaging young audiences, and with the idea that music is the best ambassador to appreciate cultural diversity, the ensemble has participated over the years in many outreach programs at universities such as Bennington College (VT), Mary Washington University (VA) Hartwick College (NY), University of Maryland-College Park (MD), Rutgers University (NJ), Elon University (NC), High Point University (NC), and at many public schools in Guilford County, NC.