The musical duo, Duo Yvapurû is Maxi Larrea and Jennie Gubner. Together, they blend guitar, violin and vocal harmonies to bring to life folk, tango, chamamé, and other string-based popular music styles from different regions of Argentina and across the Americas. This year they are excited to perform with local Chilean guitarist/charango player, Andrés Pantoja.
Maxi Larrea is a tango and folk guitarist, arranger, composer, and music educator from Rosario, Argentina. He composes, performs, and teaches tango, folk and other guitar forms. His first solo album of tango and folklore original compositions Donde Termina el Río/Where the River Ends was released in Summer 2020 and is available for download from major platforms or directly from the artist. In 2021 he received a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts to publish a book of tango sheet music for beginning/intermediate guitar players. He has toured with tango bands through North & South America and Europe, and moved to Tucson in 2020.
Jennie Gubner is a violinist and PhD ethnomusicologist who joined the faculty of the University of Arizona in 2020 as assistant professor of ethnomusicology and Chair of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Applied Intercultural Arts Research. She is a Latin American music specialist who has spent over 15 years researching and performing in intergenerational and participatory tango music scenes in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her new applied research project involves collecting oral histories about experiences with serenatas and other Latin love songs to promote culturally diverse creative aging and intergenerational community building opportunities in Tucson.
Andrés Pantoja from Chillán, Chile, started his classical guitar studies at the age of 13 with Professor Edith Vásquez, his mother. He is currently pursuing a DMA in performance with Professor Thomas Patterson in The Bolton Guitar Studies Program at the University of Arizona. Pantoja is a versatile performer, he plays classical, Latin American and flamenco guitar, and the Bolivian Charango. He has also arranged music for guitar duo and quartet, for Latin American Ensemble and composed flamenco music. He has performed in North and South America and Europe, and recorded eight albums for duo, quartet and solo guitar.