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duo encontraste

Chamber music and South American folklore

Sandra Bauer – flute, alto flute

Diego Jascalevich – charango, guitar, vocals


duo encontraste presents the listener with a synthesis from chamber music and South American folklore. Freely improvised elements and the colorful interpretation of South American music from several generations and countries experience their own interpretation. The merging of the sound of the flute with the rhythmic and lyrical possibilities of expression of the charango is what makes this duo particularly appealing.

In 2010 duo encontraste released the album "Querida Sudamerica –folclore de cámera".

To the albums


Sandra Bauer

studied flute at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main and at the Music Academy in Kassel, graduating with a diploma in instrumental pedagogy and an artistic maturity examination.


The multifaceted musician's possibilities of expression are reflected in her chamber music activities. In addition to the interpretation of the classical repertoire (eg with the Trio Subeja) there is a focus on dealing with South American music.


Concert tours and chamber music projects with international musicians have taken the flutist to many European countries, as well as to Brazil, Argentina and Japan.


As a sought-after flute teacher, Sandra Bauer has been teaching at the music school in Baunatal and as a freelancer in Kassel since 1996.

"The tightrope walk between the rhythmic freedom of South America and the classical sound form both the contrast and the unity of the music of this unusual duo."

Choro-Homenagem-a-chiquinho-gonzagaDiego Jasclevich
00:00 / 02:39
train-caipira-heitor-vila-lobosDiego Jasclevich
00:00 / 04:49
train-caipira-heitor-vila-lobosDiego Jasclevich
00:00 / 04:49
duo encontraste

World of strings

Tomoko Kihara — koto

Diego Jascalevich – charango, guitar, vocals


A very special synthesis is created when the Japanese koto virtuoso Tomoko Kihara and the internationally renowned charango player Diego Jascalevich share the stage. Two masters of enchantingly exotic string instruments: one from the legendary Andes that connect Venezuela with Tierra del Fuego, the other from the land of the rising sun. 

Two musical worlds that apparently couldn't be further apart meet here and yet the small South American plucked instrument, which was originally made from the dried shell of an armadillo, and the originally silk-string-covered Japanese arched zither merge into a whimsical, intoxicating body of sound, which together bring both continents into harmony.


Tomoko Kihara,

from Japan, studied the traditional Japanese musical instruments koto and shamisen at the Elisabetsu Music Academy in Hiroshima. Kihara has played concerts in Hiroshima, Tokyo and Pusan, South Korea and has received numerous awards for her performances. Since 2010 she has been a doctoral student at the Music Academy in Hiroshima and unteaches koto in middle and high school.


In 2012 Tomoko Kihara was a prizewinner at the Japanese national competition for the best koto players in Japan.

wdr3 Saitenwelten: RadiosendungDiego Jasclevich
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Moon-Drops-Welt-der-SaitenDiego Jasclevich
00:00 / 05:09
Welt der Saiten

Mari Jasca & Tio Diego

Family recipe music

Mariana Jascalevich – vocals, percussion, guitar, charango (niece)

Diego Jascalevich – charango, guitar, vocals (uncle)


Mariana Jascalevich – singer, multi-instrumentalist, performer, producer – lives and works as a multi-talent in Rio de Janeiro and initiates a CD recording project with her uncle Diego Jascalevich, which began in autumn 2022 in Rio de Janeiro.

Renowned musicians such as Jaques Morelenbaum (violoncello), Bebê Kramer (accordion) and Sergio Valdeos (guitar) were invited to the musical family fusion.

The result is a colorful bouquet of Latin American music, subtly and masterfully interpreted.

Mariana and Diego have been making music apart from the "big pond", but no less intimately since Mariana's childhood and give concerts "here or there" at every opportunity.


Recordings and videos to follow.

Mari Jasca & Tio Diego


Michael Müller – piano

Diego Jascalevich – charango, guitar, vocals


The duo interprets their own compositions and arrangements by renowned South American and American music composers.

They regularly play with Tony Lakatos as a guest musician.


Michael Mueller

Before studying at the University of Kassel, the pianist Michael Müller received his musical training in Berlin with greats of the German jazz scene such as pianist Rolf Zielke. Jazz courses at the Landesmusikakademie Berlin, among others, with lecturers such as Nicolai Thärichen, David Friedman and the New York Fonda/Stevens Group provided further inspiration.

In 2010 he won the Berlin Jazz Institute's competition for preparatory studies as a young jazz soloist, which was followed by a concert in the Brazilian embassy. In Kassel, too, he has been performing in various projects for a number of years, including with singer Romana Reiff in the pop/jazz duo Soulsonic.


He has performed in various formations and as a soloist at the Kassel Jazz Festival and World Music Festival, the 60th anniversary celebrations and the international press reception of the documenta and the Jazz Spring 2019.


Sound in motion

Ulrike Grell – dance

Diego Jascalevich – charango, guitar, vocals


Moving sounds, ringing movement – an interplay of inspiration between two artists: inside, both of whom interact and improvise masterfully in their form of expression. You think you can hear the movement and see the sounds.


Ulrike Grell

studied at the Palucca Schule Dresden – Hochschule für Tanz and at the art academy “Fontys Dansacademie” in the Netherlands. After four years of study, she graduated with a diploma in dance pedagogy.

Her dance pedagogical focus is on contemporary dance and the teaching of classical dance technique via contemporary approaches. The focus is on body-friendly work in the dance hall, based on current aspects of dance medicine. The artist deals intensively with current research on emotional intelligence. Her diploma thesis "Emotional Knowledge and the Use of Emotional Intelligence in Dance Pedagogy" is a professional examination and the basis for methodology and didactics in this field.

Ulrike Grell teaches at the Tanzzentrum Göttingen and at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in the fields of dance, gymnastics and didactics/methodology at the institute for sports science. As part of her work, she accompanies students in bachelor's and master's theses in the field of dance studies and lectures on the potential of dance at congresses, specialist conferences and further education forums.

Klang in Bewegung

Forró & Cumbia

Two virtuoso instrumentalists play music from South America for listening and dancing

Markus Thiel – accordion

Diego Jascalevich – charango, vocals and guitar


Their paths crossed by chance on a mild summer evening in Kassel and it soon became clear: they had to go on stage together!


Toulouse-based accordionist Markus Thiel, who has his musical roots in jazz and swing, is a great admirer of Brazilian music. He was particularly taken with the Forró dance music from north-eastern Brazil, in which the accordion plays an important role. Having grown up with tango and cumbia, Diego Jascalevich brings both romantic melodies and driving rhythms on board with his unusual instrument charango. The two virtuosos know how to complement each other in a fascinatingly spontaneous way and infect the audience with their intoxicating passion.


Cumbia is a style of music and the associated couple dance from Colombia. It mixes complex rhythm structures of African origin with Spanish-influenced melodies and lyrical forms and is played in 4/4 time.


The name derives from cumbé, a popular African circle dance from the Batá region of Guinea. "Cum" means drum and "ia" means to move, to shake. During the colonial period, slaves brought it to Colombia. Over time, the cumbé mixed with Indian and Spanish elements and thus changed into the cumbia, which is danced in pairs.


Source: Wikipedia

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"Even more than the - undoubtedly extraordinary - individual skills of Jascalevich and Thiel captivated the togetherness, the mutually inspiring and challenging interaction, in which the two soloists seemed to surpass themselves."


Forró & Cumbia

Los Porteños

Marcos Gonçalves da Rocha - guitar, vocals

Diego Jascalevich - charango, vocals


The duo "Los porteños" – active since 1989 – takes the listener on a journey through the different regions of Latin America.

The two "Porteños", as the people from Buenos Aires City are called, interpret tangos, traditional waltzes, sambas, bossa nova, as well as other typical Latin American rhythms and their own compositions.

Marcos Gonçalves da Rocha,

Guitarist and composer from Buenos Aires (Argentina), grew up in a family of musicians and learned to play the guitar as a small child.

He studied composition at the Faculty of Fine Arts in the university town of La Plata and guitar with a focus on tango and jazz at the Escuela de Música Popular de Avellaneda. Marcos attended courses and seminars with various guitar masters such as Lucho Gonzales, Narciso Saul, Nestor Gomez and with masters of tango, folklore and fusion such as Dino Saluzzi and Edelmiro Molinari.


He has been living in Europe since 1998, where he deepens his knowledge of jazz harmony and improvisation with various teachers and deals with different styles – from rock and experimental music to jazz, tango and bossa nova.

Los Porteños

Duo Mangalavite-Jascalevich

Natalio Mangalavite – piano

Diego Jascalevich – charango, vocals and guitar


The duo presents a repertoire of original compositions and traditional pieces from the South American repertoire, reinterpreted in a new and unusual style, marked by the careers of both performers, who, although belonging to opposite musical worlds, both also speak the language of the indigenous Argentine preserve folk music.

Natalio Luis Mangalavite

was born in Cordoba / Argentina and carries his roots from the Argentine music tradition in his heart. Mangalavite lives in Rome and is an authority on the Italian scene on the Latin jazz piano. He also works as an arranger, composer and teaches Latin jazz at the Scuola Saint Louis di Roma.

Duo Mangalavite - Jascalevich

De Nuevo Tango

Sabina Richter – bandoneon

Diego Jascalevich – charango, vocals and guitar


This duo, founded in 2019, presents the Tango Argentino with wit and charm, playful ease and joy in improvisational elements.

The duo plays for the concert and invites you to dance.

Sabina Richter

De Nuevo Tango

Nacha & Diego

Tango & Argentine folklore

Nacha Daraio – vocals

Diego Jascalevich – charango, vocals and guitar


The singer Nacha Daraio, also from Argentina, tells with her soft and velvety voice in the songs about passion, broken hearts, the neighborhood, the sidewalks, the walk, the journey of life. These are some of the elements of the Buenos Aires City scenario.

Nacha Daraio

was born near the old port district of La Boca in Buenos Aires. Her relationship with tango began in her childhood when her grandmother passed on her love for the culture of Buenos Aires at a very young age.

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Nacha & Diego

Duo Rilegato

Johannes Monno – baroque guitar

Diego Jascalevich – charango


At first glance, two worlds meet here: the baroque guitar, with its performance-practical and stylistically academic claim, and the charango, which lives through folklore.

Precisely that folklore that – like the instruments themselves – has its origins in the music of Spain.


This also applies to the way the two instruments are played. If a baroque guitarist plays next to a charango player, there are many indications and impulses for the way of playing the historical model. The South American stringed instrument from the central Andean regions first comes to the fore as a solo instrument and thus frees itself from its purely accompanying function. Classical notations as well as free improvisation and the rhythmic diversity of South American music create a contrasting interplay.

Johannes Monno,

born in 1968, is a professor for guitar at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. Born in Haiger in central Hesse, he started playing the guitar at the age of six. From an early age he was interested in the history and playing style of vihuela da mano, baroque guitar and chitarrone.

Monno studied with José Tomas in Alicante (Spain) and at the Cologne Music Academy. As a DAAD scholarship holder, he rounded off his studies in Athens with Costas Cotsiolis. His teaching activities also included the University of Music and Theater in Hamburg and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt. Monno plays in several ensembles and has released numerous albums.

Link to Ensemble Rilegato

Duo Rilegato
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