About CantarÉ & Cantosur


CANTARÉ, LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC

Based in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, our mission is to offer a high-quality musical performance, that also informs audiences about Latin American geography, history and culture. This engaging educational approach has become very popular in schools, libraries, museums, government agencies and a variety of other public and private venues.

Cantaré is lead by vocalist Cecilia Esquivel and guitarist Dani Cortaza, both from Argentina. Vocals are accompanied by several live string and percussion instruments from Latin America plus bass, percussion and keyboard backing tracks.

A larger ensemble is available upon request. Additional members of Cantaré come from a core group of accomplished Latin musicians residing in the Washington Area, such as Martín Zúñiga, Bruno Lucini, Samuel Munguía, Leonardo Lucini, Gary Sosías, Julio Cuellar, Andrés Mallea, and Anamer Castrello, among others.

Cantaré has released 4 recordings: three CDs for children – Baila para Gozar (2002) and Al Agua Pato (2005) and Mucha Música (2014), one CD for adult audiences Evaluna by Cantaré and Friends (2005). In addition, in 2006 Cantaré recorded the companion CD for the award-winning book Arrorró mi Niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games by renowned children's author and illustrator Lulu Delacre.


CANTOSUR

CantoSur is the concert version of the group, featuring pure music without the educational component. Suitable for concerts, private events, a restaurant, bar or lounge, etc. Learn More


AWARDS

Washinton Area Music Association

  • 2015 WAMMIE Nominee - Latin Instrumentalist, Dani Cortaza
  • 2014 WAMMIE Nominee - Children's Music Duo, Cantaré
  • 2014 WAMMIE Nominee - Children's Music Recording, Mucha Música
  • 2014 WAMMIE Nominee - Latin Instrumentalist, Dani Cortaza
  • 2014 WAMMIE Nominee - Latin Music Recording, Together/Oñondivé, Dani Cortaza
  • 2008 WAMMIE Winner- Latin Vocalist, Cecilia Esquivel
  • 2007 WAMMIE Winner- Latin Vocalist, Cecilia Esquivel
  • 2006 WAMMIE Nominee - Latin Music Recording, Evaluna
  • 2005 WAMMIE Nominee - Children's Music Duo, Cantaré
  • 2005 WAMMIE Nominee - Children's Music Recording, Al Agua Pato
  • 2004 WAMMIE Nominee - Children's Music Duo, Cantaré
  • 2004 WAMMIE Nominee - Latin Music Duo/Group, Cantaré
  • 2004 WAMMIE Winner- Latin Vocalist, Cecilia Esquivel
  • 2003 WAMMIE Nominee - Children's Music Duo/Group, Cantaré

Parents' Choice Foundation

  • 2006 Winner of a Parents’ Choice Award for Al Agua Pato CD


CECILIA ESQUIVEL - VOCALIST

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In her native Argentina, Cecilia Esquivel studied at the National Conservatory of Music. She moved to Washington in 1984 to continue her studies in vocal jazz performance.

Cecilia holds a BA in Music Performance from the University of Maryland, where she studied jazz under Ronnie Wells and Ron Elliston. She also holds an MSW degree from the Catholic University of America. In her performances and workshops, she combines her knowledge of music and  social work to reach individuals with a variety of learning styles, educational challenges and emotional  difficulties.

As a member of Cantaré, Cecilia performs Latin American music for audiences of all ages in schools, libraries, festivals and major public venues. She also teaches workshops and residencies.

In addition, Cecilia is very active in the Washington area music scene. She performs both as a soloist and with ensembles, and does studio work as a singer, arranger and recording producer. Her work has earned her repeated recognition from the Washington Area Music Association (see Awards below).

AWARDS

Washinton Area Music Association

  • 2010 WAMMIE Nominee - Best Latin Music Vocalist, Cecilia Esquivel
  • 2009 WAMMIE Nominee - Best Latin Music Vocalist, Cecilia Esquivel
  • 2008 WAMMIE Winner - Best Latin Music Vocalist, Cecilia Esquivel
  • 2007 WAMMIE Winner - Best Latin Music Vocalist, Cecilia Esquivel
  • 2004 WAMMIE Winner - Best Latin Music Vocalist, Cecilia Esquivel

RECORDINGS

Cecilia is currently working on a duets recording of Brazilian, Jazz and Argentinian standards with guitarist Dani Cortaza and pianist Harry Appleman. Click here to hear soundbites from her webpage.