"Camino Al Sol"
|01 - Cancion de Una Esperanza|
|02 - El Humahuaqueno|
|03 - Desde los Carros|
|04 - Atahualpa|
|05 - Cacharpaya y Canto|
|06 - Mambo de Machaguay|
|07 - Cancion a Veleska|
|08 - Valentina|
|09 - Para la Mas Chiquitita|
|10 - Sacsayhuaman|
|11 - Camio Al Sol|
|12 - Maria Juana|
|13 - Del Carnaval|
|14 - Huaynos|
|15 - Otonos|
|16 - De los Tiempos|
|17 - Siku y Caja|
|18 - Liamas y Condores|
|19 - Sikuriage|
|20 - Collage|
|21 - Chullita Quiteno|
"Pilgrimage To The Andes"
|01 - Suritierra Canto de Bienvenida|
|02 - Kyrie|
|03 - Gloria|
|04 - Credo|
|05 - Sanctus|
|06 - Agnus Dei|
|07 - Pueblo del Alma|
|08 - Ay Para Navidad|
|09 - Pastorcito de Belen|
|10 - La Navidena|
|11 - San Juanito Para el Nino|
|12 - La Yapa|
"El Condor vuelve"
|01 - Eres mi palomita|
|02 - Pasajes|
|03 - Hojita verde de coca|
|04 - Coplas para la muerte|
|05 - La mama Juana|
|06 - Cristal en tinieblas|
|07 - Zumba que zumba|
|08 - Sin fogon|
|09 - Bagualera|
|10 - Adivinanzas|
|11 - Chacuma|
|12 - El condor vuelve|
QUIMANTU were formed in 1981 by the Chilean musician Mauricio Venegas-Astorga and since then have gained a reputation as one of the world's finest South American bands, gaining critical comparison with the major South American groups such as Inti Illimani and Quilpayun. They have developed a unique repertoire, which gives audiences a fascinating overview of the diversity of South American music and an insight into its musical connections with both Africa and Europe.
From the haunting melodies of the Andean pan-pipes to the rhythms of Cuban Son the band is inspired by a desire to discover not only the past, but also the sound of the future. The result is a powerful musical message, which is a refreshing mix full of life and honesty that has brought audiences to their feet to dance in venues across the UK, Europe and Chile.
Quimantu provided much of the ethnic instrumentation for the 80's group "Incantation" culminating in the recording of the music for the film "The Mission". Concerts in London have included The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall and Purcell Room, the Barbican Hall and the London Palladium. They have also appeared abroad at prestigious events such as the Rose of Tralee and Letterkenny International Festivals in Eire and the International Festival of Music and Dance in Cyprus.
As a group Quimantu's exceptional music and talent is recognised and admired by many distinguished artists such as the renowned classical guitarist John Williams with whom they have recorded and toured. They have worked on a wide range of musical projects, producing a large number of albums and also collaborated with a variety of musicians and composers amongst them Richard Harvey, Brian Gascoigne and the Latin American composers Cesar Isella and Osvaldo Torres.
2001 saw Quimantu celebrate its 20th anniversary with a London concert that brought together guest performers from the group's many and varied musical projects including John Williams. The English Folk Dance and Song Society representative commented. "Thank you for such a brilliant concert - fantastic atmosphere and thoroughly enjoyable".
Film, Television and Radio
Recent Recording Projects
to The Andes, 1998 - Includes the folk mass "Plegaria del Pueblo"
composed by Mauricio in 1997 following in the traditions of such works
as the Misa Criolla and the Oratorio Del Pueblo. It pays homage to the
vibrant spirituality of the coal mining communities of Chile, their
history and struggles whilst following the traditional structure and
liturgy of the Mass. Plegaria Del Pueblo was premiered by Quimantu in
Chile and at the South Bank Centre in London in 1998 and has been featured
in the BBC World Service programme "Focus On Faith"
VENEGAS- ASTORGA - Music Director, Lead vocals, Guitar, Cuatro,
Charango, Electric Charango, Ronroco, Tres Cubano, Cavaquino, Kena Kenacho,
Moceno, Sikus, Rondador, Irish Whistle, Maracas, Bombo, Cajon, Bass
Cajon, Udu drum, Djembe, Chajchas, Sanza
Mauricio has worked and collaborated with a large number of important figures in the British, African and Latin American musical scenes. These have included the internationally renowned guitarist, John Williams, the composers Richard Harvey and Graham Preskett, the traditional singer-songwriters Roger Watson and Robb Johnson, the African drummer Musa Mboob, the Cuban composer Efrain Rios and the Chilean songwriters Jorge Campos and Osvaldo Torres.
A former member of the popular 80’s group INCANTATION, the time Mauricio has spent working alongside and learning from musicians from other world cultures such as those of Africa, India, England, Ireland, Cuba and The Caribbean has enabled him to develop a very broad understanding of the music that he plays and composes. This wide overview of the whole spectrum that is represented by World Music has also lead him to be instrumental in the formation of several multi-ethnic groups including “Caguin” “Alianza”, “Jacara” and the “One World Band”
As a composer and songwriter Mauricio has written more than 20 albums and participated in countless film and television projects, with compositions being used for important soundtracks throughout Europe and world-wide in countries including Australia, the United States and Japan
Widely known for the specialist knowledge he has developed in Latin American and World Music, Mauricio has also contributed as an advisor and composer to a number of television and radio programmes including "Ritmo” and “Kaleidoscope” for BBC radio 3 and “Music Makers” for BBC TV. One of his most recent commissions was a composition for the Lincolnshire music education agency Soundlincs, along with Midge Ure, and Oasis performed by 200 young musicians in August 2003.
In recognition of his artistic contribution to culture and education in Chile and England he was invited by the United Nations in 2002 to be included in a project celebrating prominent artists from around the world in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the UN charter for refugees.
Whilst living in London Mauricio has maintained his artistic profile in Chile and was recently awarded the “Premio Municipal De Arte” in Coronel his home town for outstanding contribution to the music and culture of his country.
FUENTES - Andean and Latin Percussion, Voice
He specialises in playing all of the many Latin and South American percussion styles ranging from Andean and Brazilian to jazz. He has also collaborated with a number of pop artists including Paul Young, and Mike Lindup from Level 42.
PANTIN - Violin, Electric Violin, Celtic Harp, Voice
Composition work includes scores for theatre and dance companies (Aztec, In House and English Eurythmy Theatre) as well as a violin teaching book and arrangements for school ensemble. Education projects include the Bath Mozartfest and the Salisbury Festival and improvisation workshops for Pro-Corda, the national school for young chamber music players.
DAVIE - Bass
It was through Richard Harvey that he met Mauricio almost 20 years ago, and during the intervening years has worked with several recording and live line-ups of Quimantu. He is currently dividing his time between running a successful publishing company and recording as a session musician on a wide range of diverse projects.