"One of the UK's foremost tango quintets. Expect Fireworks." - The Daily Telegraph
"Deco Ensemble got things off to a superb start, both looking and sounding sharp, and throughout the evening it was the quality of the instrumental contributions which really lifted the performance. The Deco Ensemble is a well-established tango quintet and certainly worth looking out for." - Robert Hugill, Classical Music Magazine, Opera Today
"Ricardo Gosalbo's orchestra of jazz guitar, strings, tuned & untuned percussion are topped of with Bartosz Glowacki's masterful accordion playing that serves as a fitting homage to the composer." - Daniel Perks, Exeunt Magazine
"This group brings together the ideal traits of the creative performer: knowledge of the score, awareness of rules and conventions, and brilliance at their instruments. Long live The Deco Ensemble!" - Gustavo Beytelmann, composer & pianist in Astor Piazzolla's Quintet
"A strong and highly individual voice" - Owen Murray, Royal Academy of Music
"Enthusiastic, engaged, virtuosic" - Frédéric Devreese, Belgian contemporary-classical composer
The Deco Ensemble has often been described as one of Britain's finest tango quintets.
Since their establishment in 2013, The Deco Ensemble have been praised as an "exceptional ensemble of the highest calibre with a strong and highly individual voice". Deco's adventurous approach has its origins in the music of Astor Piazzolla, who in the 1960s formed his own ensemble and laid down the foundations of Nuevo Tango. The members of Deco Ensemble have combined their spirit of fearless exploration to re-imagine the sound of the Nuevo Tango quintet, combining classical, jazz, and world music influences.
Their exuberant and idiosyncratic repertoire includes works by composers such as Belgian modern classical writer Frédéric Devreese, twentieth century Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, traditional tango master Anibal Troilo, as well as more contemporary Argentinian tango artists such as Emiliano Greco, Ramiro Gallo, Diego Schissi, Nicolás Guerschberg and Gustavo Beytelmann.
They released their debut album "Encuentro" in July 2015, to critical acclaim. Having launched it at The Purcell Room, London, they toured extensively across Europe. Highlights from this season were sell-out performances at The Warsaw Philarmonic, Salle Cortot in Paris, Palazzo Brancaccio in Rome, and The European Parliament in Brussels. Additionally, they gave performances at a variety of UK festivals, including the City of London Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Oundle Festival, and Harwich Festival. In 2016, they are due to record a new album featuring works from contemporary tango composers.