Back in 2007, Welsh harpist Catrin Finch met with Colombian joropo band Cimarrón and embarked on an exhilarating tour of Wales, a collaboration repeated in 2009 and 2010. Ten years later, Catrin and Cimarrón meet again to tour the UK.
Catrin Finch is a remarkable and fearless artist, one of the world’s leading harp players, whose career has featured both solo performances with the world’s top orchestras and, more recently, collaborations with leading world music artists, including Toumani Diabate and, most successfully, Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita, with whom she forms “one of the most popular world music acts of this decade” (Tim Cumming, Songlines).
The 6-piece Grammy-nominated Cimarrón perform joropo dance music from the cattle-rearing plains of the Orinoco, rooted in a deep tradition defined by the mestizo mixed heritage of African, Spanish and indigenous cultures, and led by harpist and composer Carlos Rojas. Cimarrón make wild, untamed music that preserves the spirit of freedom found in one of the world’s most untouched regions. Fast paced and powerful, it’s music, with impetuous singing, amazing stomp dancing and fierce instrumental virtuosity of strings and percussion.
A rare chance to witness a thrilling global collaboration.
13 January 2020: It is with immense sadness that we have learned of the passing of Carlos Cuco Rojas, harpist, musician and leader of the Colombian band Cimarrón, following a short illness.
Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with his family and friends.
Carlos and his partner Ana Veydó were the driving force behind Cimarrón, who only this autumn were recognized with a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album.
Their joint wish was for this performance to continue as a mark of respect of Carlos' musical legacy and of Cimarrón, which was his passion and his life’s work.