“One of the UK’s foremost tango quintets. Expect Fireworks.”
— The Daily Telegraph
“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, close friend and collaborator of Astor Piazzolla
“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
“An exceptional performance, always interesting and creative. The ensemble plays with a strong and highly individual voice.”
— Owen Murray, Royal Academy of Music
“Enthusiastic, engaged and virtuosic”
— Frédéric Devreese, composer
“The Deco Ensemble displayed musicianship of the highest calibre in their interpretation of Piazzolla’s tango music - they played every note as if their life depended on it.”
— Kenneth Richardson, Artistic Director, Oundle International Festival
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 and appears regularly on television and radio. 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 and were invited to perform it 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 is launching their second album 'Líquido' with the label RECART later this year. ‘Líquido’ encapsulates the fluidity with which this album's twelve carefully chosen pieces combine Argentinian tango influences with classical and jazz. Noted composers from the old and current Tango Nuevo scene are featured, along with three compositions written specially for this project by Deco Ensemble's own Ricardo Gosalbo.