BIOGRAPHY

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ENGLISH VERSION

Raul Olarte is a world-renowned quena player and composer. Born in Humahuaca (Jujuy, Argentina), he began to play the quena at the age of 7 and gave his first stage performance at the age of 13 at Cosquín Folk Festival, one of the most important folk music festivals in Latin America.

He released his first solo album “Casabindo” in 1995 and has since released 3 more studio albums: “Quena de los Andes” (2000), “Quenaquena” (2004) and his most recent work “Poncho Color Viento” (2017).

He started his international career in the 70s, when he joined charango player Jaime Torres. Together they performed in Argentina, South America, Europe and Asia and recorded several albums in the span of 10 years.

In 1988, Raúl Olarte formed folk group “Cuarteto de los Andes” (Quartet of the Andes) and was invited by Argentine pianist and composer Ariel Ramírez to perform his signature composition “Misa Criolla” (Creole Mass) and “Misa por la Paz y la Justicia (Mass for Peace and Justice) in prestigious concert halls like Carnegie Hall (New York), Santa Cecilia (Rome), Benianei Ha Uma (Jerusalem), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Suntory Hall (Tokyo) and Teatro Colón (Argentina), among others. He also participated in a worldwide tour with tenor José Carreras in Europe, USA and South America.

Following his career as a soloist, he gave a private concert for the Emperor and the Empress of Japan during their official visit to Argentina in 1997. He toured Japan on several occasions and most recently in 2017, giving concerts and participating in local music festivals as well as hosting master classes at universities and school across Japan.

Currently Raúl Olarte performs at live show “CATULO TANGO” in Buenos Aires.

He also organizes group and one-on-one Folklore Music lessons and workshops. For enquiries, please send us a message via “CONTACT” section.

Quena enthusiasts can now purchase professional quenas which are designed, handcrafted and fine-tuned by Raúl Olarte himself. Visit our SHOP section for more!

VERSIÓN ESPAÑOL

Raúl Olarte nació en Humahuaca, (Jujuy, Argentina). Comenzó el estudio de la quena a los siete años con el maestro Arsenio Zuleta.

A la edad de trece años participó por primera vez en el Festival de Folklore de Cosquín (Córdoba, Argentina).

Luego de integrar distintos grupos juveniles en su provincia, viajó a Buenos Aires en donde se radicó a partir de 1978.

En 1978 tuvo lugar su incorporación al grupo del charanguista Jaime Torres, con quien compartió durante diez años giras por Argentina, América, Europa y Asia, grabando además una nutrida discografía.

En 1988, inicia su carrera como músico solista de la quena, comienza la grabación de su primer CD “Casabindo”.

En ese mismo año recibe una invitación del compositor Ariel Ramírez, para incorporarse a sus espectáculos “Misa Criolla” y “Misa por la Paz y la Justicia”. Crea el grupo folklórico “Cuarteto de los Andes” y se presentan en escenarios como: Carnegie Hall (Nueva York), Santa Cecilia (Roma), Benianei Ha Uma (Jerusalem), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), y Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires) entre otros.

También participó en una gira mundial junto al tenor José Carreras (Europa, USA, Sudamérica). Tocó para Sus Majestades; el Emperador y la Emperatriz del Japón durante su visita en la Argentina.

Actualmente su tarea como Músico Profesional se desarrolla en “CATULO TANGO” en el Barrio de Abasto, (Buenos Aires).
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  1. Poncho Color Viento - Llegando a La Quiaca Raul Olarte 2:52