Alma de Tango Quartet

About Us

Patrissia Cuberos: Lead solo Singer/Artistic Director

Liz Cowdrey: Violin/Viola

Matthew Sullivan (the Dude): Flamenco guitar/cajon

Matt Watson: Double bass.

Started as a passion for Opera in my youth: the drama, the feeling, the stories, the acting, captivated my heart, and my imagination.

But somewhere, in  the shadowed memories of my childhood, lurked  beautiful tunes and heart wrenching lyrics,  that my eldest brother played endlesly as he mourned his young wife, prematurely taken from this world in a tragic accident.

Perhaps his feelings somehow permeated my soul..... I discovered Tango as a singer not long ago, after  I started learning to dance it.

I have flirted with many other styles throughout my career: from classical to cuban salsa, via African pigmy chants and mongolian overtone singing, in my travels through the music of the world. 

But Tango.... has captured my elusive heart and I fear it is forever.

The magical inspiration of Liz's gypsy spirit, together with the purity of melodic line of her classical training,  the Dude's deftly fingers as he ecoes in his guitar, memories of spanish nights by the fire, and Matt's funky lively bass rhythm and endless enthusiasm  have given wings to my songs.

To their musicianship, hard work, support and inspiration I dedicate this site. 

Patrissia

Liz Cowdrey: Violin, viola.

Qualifications and awards:

Grade 8 Associated Board Gold Medal in violin and bassoon

Grade 8 Associated Board Silver Medal in piano.

Graduated with a B.Mus. from Manchester University.

British council Artist Links Residencies, Istanbul and Brazil

Further violin training and work in Italy; later in Hungary with the late gypsy violinist Sandor Fodor and in the Shetlands Islands with renowned fiddle player Tom Anderson. Liz also learned to play variety of ethnic instruments from different cultures, including Black Sea fiddle, Dvoinitsa, Gdulka, Svirala and Kemence.

Solo Performances:

Liz has performed in venues and International Festivals across Europe and South America, including, Royal Albert Hall, Purcell Room - South Bank, The Almeida Theatre and Amadeus Centre in London, Holywell Music Room, Oxford; Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Henley, Colourscape London, Shetland Folk, Schleswig Holstein, Edinburgh Fringe, Salzburg, Les Flâneries D’été, Bonn, Eskisehir International, Istanbul, De la Cultura, Colombia, North-East Brazil, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Cornwall.

Founding member/lead violin and bassoon player of pioneer world music group Orbestra, she has also collaborated with the Brodsky and Emperor String Quartets, the Dufay Collective, Kreisler String Orchestra, andIhsan Özgen’s group Anatolia in Istanbul. She played a staged duet with counter-tenor Michael Chance in Peter Cowdrey's opera 'The Lovely Ladies', Christies Auction House, London (Opera Unlimited). She has accompanied Brazilian singer Mariana Magnavita at The Secret Garden Party, and storyteller John Brolly in From Carn To Cove in Cornwall.

Liz plays out her gypsy spirit to the full in trio Jubovski (www.jubovski.com)- and The Bristol Ensemble in gypsy-baroque programmes.

Films:

Solo violin in“ John Clare’s Journey” for Anglia TV;

Black Sea fiddle onthesound track of Tony Harrison’s “Mayday in Kazakhstan” and violin/gusle in the award winning film“Welcome to Sarajevo”.

Recordings:

Transdanubian Swineherds Music. Ryko Disk

The King of Tonga goes Pole Vaulting. Orbestra Music

Woman’s Moods. Orbestra Music.

Music and Birdsong: The Conference of Birds at Piève a Castello.

ATG Oxford (www.theconferenceofbirds.com)

Matt Watson:

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Percussion

As a singer songwriter, Matt has been playing

guitar, percussion and bass guitar for over 20 years.

 On the double bass, his most recent instrument,

profesional appearances include the Pontardawe

Festival, Wales, The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury and

recordings with the Rachel Gittus band, The Next Hot

Thing, Firebird and Alma de Tango.

 

Matthew Sullivan:

Guitar and Cajon

Matthew trained in Flamenco guitar in Spain with teachers including Juan Diego and Ricardo de la Juana.

 His jazz theory studies in the UK together with his Flamenco training give him enormous versatility.

His projects have spanned many genres from Punk, Industrial and Funk all the way through to Klesmer, Blue Grass, Jazz and Flamenco.

Performances:

Matthew has played in a variety of venues and Festivals, including, Henley Regata, Llama Tree Festival, The Big Green Gathering, Small World Festival, Broadstairs Folk Festival, Warwick Arts Centre, Marlbourgh Jazz Festival, Blenhiem Palace, Leamington Piece festival and others.

 Current projects in both the Jazz and Flamenco genres, include Manos Puestas Duo and Quartet, Camino del Flamenco, The Next Hot Thing, Alma de Tango and Jazz-a-Bossa.