By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza
Uña Ramos and Jorge Cumbo
Mariano "Uña" Ramos was born in Humahuaca (Jujuy, Argentina) in 1933. He first moved to Santiago del Estero to study music and in 1971 to Paris, which in those years was regarded as the Mecca of the Latin American musicians. There he joined the group Los Incas, a famous band founded in 1955 by Argentine Jorge Milchberg, which later changed its name to Urubamba.
Over the course of his career, he has released over thirty albums (and participated in many others) and performed in venues and festivals all over the world. He has composed many pieces and built his own instruments. His style of performing is far from traditional, but fits perfectly with the preferences of his audiences in Europe, the USA and Japan: in his hands, the quena turns into a traverse flute, and the panpipe becomes more like a Roman nai rumana similar to the one played by Gheorghe Zamfir.
Ramos now lives in Baixas, southern France, where he continues his active composing with guitarist Bruno Pauvarel.
Jorge Cumbo was born in La Plata (Buenos Aires, Argentina) in 1942. He was director of the Quinteto Vocal Tiempo and, between 1970 and 1976, part of the group Los Incas, alongside Uña Ramos (from whom, it is said, he learnt to play the quena). Back in Argentina he collaborated with several members of the "Nueva Canción" movement (such as Mercedes Sosa and León Gieco) and, since the '80s onwards, took part in many groups including Trío Cumbo, Dúo Juárez-Cumbo, Dúo Cumbo-Maslíah and Trío Cumbo-Vitale-González. Besides his many compositions and arrangements, he has released some fifteen albums, and the sound of his quena is not foreign to the artist's exploring fusions between jazz and Argentine/Latin American folk.
Video 05. "Alfonsina y el mar", by Jorge Cumbo and Lito Vitale.
Video 06. "Vieja York", by Jorge Cumbo and Manolo Juárez.
Video 07. "El juntapuchos", by Jorge Cumbo and Leo Maslíah.
Video 08. "Cueca de los coyas", by Jorge Cumbo, Lito Vitale and Lucho González.