Since their establishment in 2013, the Deco Ensemble has been praised as ‘one of the UK's foremost tango quintets’ by The Daily Telegraph, as well as an ‘exceptional ensemble of the highest calibre with a strong and highly individual voice’ by the eminent accordionist Owen Murray. ‘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’, writes the pianist and composer Gustavo Beytelmann, a close friend and collaborator of Astor Piazzolla. ‘Their broad colour palette bears witness to the richness of their imagination’.
Their adventurous programming and virtuoso performances display extraordinary breadth and creativity. They perform an eclectic and colourful combination of traditional Argentinian tango masterpieces and contemporary little-known gems which blend classical, jazz and folk music influences. Rich in poignant harmonies, bold rhythms and elaborate ornamentations, their repertoire ranges from Aníbal Troilo to the avant-garde of Diego Schissi, through Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Nuevo.
Deco Ensemble has toured extensively across Europe. Highlights from previous seasons were sell-out performances at The Warsaw Philharmonic, Salle Cortot in Paris and the Purcell Room in London. They have performed at numerous festivals, including the City of London Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Oundle Festival and Harwich Festival. In 2016 they performed Piazzolla’s only tango-opera ‘María de Buenos Aires’ at the Grimeborn Festival in London, which they were invited to perform again at the Bartok Plus Festival in Hungary the following year.
Having released their debut album ‘Encuentro’ to critical acclaim in July 2015, Deco Ensemble will release their second album in 2019.