Machaca - Los Ambulantes (3 stars)

Machaca - Los Ambulantes

Sarabande Records

Machaca is the brainchild of 30-year-old Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski. Machaca’s take on contemporary South American work, from Brazil’s Villa Lobos to Argentina’s Piazzolla, with lesser knowns such as Venezuela’s Antonio Lauro, breaks moulds for agility of play and the airy quality of their music, which darts deep while remaining subtle and delicate.

The octet includes Edinburgh’s own Chilean guitarist Galo Cerón. Watch this space, as with a mother from Ayr and counting groundbreaking musicians in his family, Szymanski has inspired vision. Title track ‘Los Ambulantes’ is a highlight, full of textures and timbres, pings, rings and evocative effects.


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