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The Cacho Ensemble - BIO

The Cacho Ensemble, 2011

  • José Luis Merlín- Guitarra, voz
  • Brian Baumbusch- Guitarra, voz
  • David Merlín- Violín
  • Solange Merdinian- Voz
  • Aaron Shafer-Haiss- Percussión


This group represents internationally renowned composer and guitarist José Luis Merlín’s first project exclusively dedicated to traditional “foklore argentino,” the rhythmic folk-dance music from the countryside of the Argentinean gauchos. josé luis’s own compositions have been recorded by guitarists from five continents, such as David Tennenbaum, Antigoni Goni, and Jason Vieux, to name a few, and his performances have been heard from the centro cultural de la villa in Madrid, to the united nations in New York. this new project presents a return to the roots of his music and a collaboration with the lineage of his family of musicians. The quartet originally formed in madrid with josé luis’s sons david and sebastián merlín and josé luis’s protégé, brian baumbusch, and performed their first u.s. tour in the spring of 2010 with latin percussionist aaron shafer-haiss and solange merdinian, an argentinean opera singer and graduate of Julliard. they kicked off their tour with a concert at the Gala Theatre in Washington, D.C., and performed around the east coast, sponsored by the Argentine embassy and New York consulate. The quartet’s mission is to revive forgotten and anonymous folk songs and dances and promote the repertoire of the important mavericks of last centuries folk culture, such as Atahualpa Yupanqui, Sixto Palavecino, Andrés Chazarreta, etc… we hope you enjoy the music.

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The Cacho Ensemble - One Sheet

José Luis Merlín’s Compositional Achievements and Awards:

  • Biography published in “Who’s who in Music” (London).
  •  Compositions published by GSP (USA), Chanterelle (Germany), Tuscany and Shamrock publications (Austria and New York), and recorded by Antigoni Goni, Jason Vieux, David Tennenbaum, Maximo Pujol, Etienne Plasman, etc…
  •  Arranged and orchestrated film score in “The City of Your Final Destination,” Directed by James Ivory, 2009.
  •  Commissioned to write “Water” for the Expo Zaragoza, DVD published by Sello Autor. 2008.
  •  More than 15 recordings published in USA, Japan, Austria, and Argentina.
  • *Named Argentine representative to the “Who’s Tribune” of The Czech Republic by the Argentine UNESCO commission.
  • Grant recipient from the “Argentine Ministry of Foreign Relations.” Notable Performances:
  • Centro Cultural de la Villa, Madrid, Spain.
  •  The United Nations, New York, USA.
  •  The Teatro Nacional Cervantes, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  •  The Meridian House, Washington D.C., USA.
  •  The Teatro San Bravo, Segovia, Spain.
  •  Live broadcast on Deutsche Welle, Germany.
  •  Live broadcast on NPR (Ohio, Michigan, Oregon, California, Texas), USA.
  •  Soloist with Rosario and San Juan Symphony Orchestras, Argentina.
  •  Chamber performer with Frolov Chamber Orchestra, Cuarteto Sudamericano, Buenos Aires Chamber Orchestra, Sudamérica, Sudamericano, and Musicámera Chamber Orchestras, and the Chamber Orchestra del Plata. Notable Performances with Quartet (2010):

The Cacho Ensemble, 2011:

  • Clarice Smith Center, University of Maryland.
  • Argentina Festival U.S.A, Washington D.C.
  • Gershwin Hotel, New York City.
  • Gala theater, Washington, D.C.
  • Interamerican Development Bank, Washington, D.C.
  • Argentine Embassy, Washington, D.C..
  • Barbes, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Public Assembly, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Bard College, New York.