Mauricio Venegas-Astorga and his Anglo Chilean Band Quimantu have very successfully been working with and contributing their skills and talents to the wealth of British culture for more than thirty years. They have collaborated with a myriad of important musicians, actors, poets, communities and educational bodies ranging from the guitarist John Williams to the ECCO orchestras, and have also performed in hundreds of community and arts centres, and school halls around the world and all over the UK as well as some of the best concert halls in London, the Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican, The South Bank etc.

Given Mauricio’s journey and his personal history and that of the Chilean people his music and tradition have always been enriched by the influence of other sounds and sensibilities; from Violeta Parra introducing the Andean charango and the Venezuelan cuatro in the sixties to Inti Illimani with the Mexican guitarron in the seventies to Illapu and the Aboriginal didgeridoo in the nineties, to Quimantu and the Celtic harp in the present day. 

It is this magical mixture and approach to the voices and “airs” of other cultures that “Palo Brujo” will feature at MostArt, a venue that is open to sharing and celebrating the lives and collective experiences of people, free of any prejudices or segregation.

We invite you to “Palo Brujo” to enjoy the music, the sounds, the poetry, the dreams and the hopes of different people and different cultures.

“Quimantu, in their astonishingly beautiful music, bring us their songs, faith and truthfulness. In a world where politicians seek to manufacture fear of the ‘other’ and divide peoples of different faiths and nationalities, the music of Quimantu, combining the local with the distant and the past with the present, reminds us that there is far more that unites us on this planet.”


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Peña Blog

Our February highlights included the tango night A Todo Tango, and what a joy it was to work with our very good friend Mark Troop again. Mark is shortly off to India to work on a project (and eat some good curry), but I’m sure he’ll be back at the peña pretty soon. The dramatic qualities of the tango and milonga repertoire that we presented fitted the intimacy of the Peña Palo Brujo and challenged us to provide some of our most virtuosic as well as expressive musical skills. On 28th February we brought some new repertoire fresh from our rehearsal room, with Laura featuring her vocals on a new arrangement of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? 

 Spring now seems to be on its way, and with it our spirits lift as the days lengthen and we begin to enjoy some sunshine. To blow away some cobwebs we have some special guests performing at the next Peña on 14th March. Chilean musicians and friends of ours, Patricia Pons and Jorge Morales are both based in London, and will be performing music from the Chilean New Song Movement and Chilean folk music, including works from Violeta Parra and Los Jaivas. Patricia will be a familiar face for our Peña Palo Brujo regulars having attended every one so far. And whilst on the subject of Palo Brujo regulars we are hatching a plan with Erdogan of MostArt for a special get together for Palo Brujo and MostArt family and friends to share music and food – Palo Brujo regulars we’ll let you know.

See you on 14th   

Come and be part of this community that we are creating in the atmospheric basement of MostArt with our friends Erdogan and Emine.

We leave you with this beautiful thought  from the Argentinian singer and composer from Misiones in Argentina, Ramon Ayala :

“No hay un destino mas hermoso para un árbol que convertirse en Guitarra”

“There is not a more beautiful destiny for a tree than becoming a guitar”

"Had a lovely night at the peña last Saturday (15th November)- very friendly, warm atmosphere, with a great blend of music from around the world. We hope the club grows, as it really should!” Graeme and Marilyn Gale (Promoter Dorset Arts Reach Touring Network)