José Hernando Arias Noguera
José Hernando is a 19 year old self-taught virtuoso accordion player, born in London, but of Colombian descent.
Growing up in a Colombian household, José fell in love with Vallenato, the popular folk style from the Caribbean coast of Colombia which he learned through watching clips on Youtube and video cassettes his father brought back from Colombia.
José plays in a number of Vallenato and Cumbia folk bands in London and is also the musical director of Revolucion Vallenata, a London based multi-cultural band celebrating the Vallenato tradition. He dreams of popularising the genre in Europe through his own music.
He is now practicing to compete in Colombia’s legendary festival of Vallenato music, The Vallenato Festival in Valledupar, and dreams of being crowned the King of Vallenato in 2012 in its semi-professional category.
José Hernando has recently started a Guitar Degree at the Tech Music School in West London and has been chosen as the third protégé in the BBC World Routes Academy 2012.
Egidio Rafael Cuadrado Hinojosa
Egidio Rafael Cuadrado Hinojosa was born in Villanueva, Guajira (Colombia) on 15 Feb 1953.
He is a prominent exponent of the accordion tradition of Vallenato, the music and poetry tradition from the Caribbean coast of Colombia, once belonging to troubadours, peasants and farmers who told the stories of everyday life.
He is a true interpreter of the music of Vallenato composer and lyricist Rafael Escalona, so much so that he was chosen to accompany super star Carlos Vives in the block buster biographical soap opera on the composer in which Vives interpreted Escalona. He is the master of the 4 rhythms of the Vallenato tradition and particularly excels in Son (2/4) and Paseo (4/4).
Egidio was crowned King of Vallenato in 1985 at the legendary Vallenato Festival in Valledupar where the best of Colombia’s accordionists meet annually to celebrate the roots of Vallenato.
Egidio is the right hand accordionist of famous singer/actor Carlos Vives and his band La Provincia who have revolutionised the tradition by fusing it with rock, pop and other Caribbean Colombian rhythms.
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