IAD bannerIrene Atienza and Douglas Lora stand at the intersection of two of the world’s greatest musical traditions: those of Spain and Brazil. Their interpretations of the classic Latin catalogue of boleros, fados, tangos, sambas, and bossa-nova are steeped in reverence for the traditional forms, but never limited by them. With interpretations that search for contemporary meaning in these classic works, and new and thoroughly modern compositions that bring their rich cultural heritage to new audiences, Atienza and Lora perform with one guitar and one voice. The simplicity of their ensemble, matched with their profound artistry, brings audiences performances that are rare in their intimacy, sophistication, sensuality, and power.

Since their debut in 2011, Irene Atienza and Douglas Lora have performed in the major capitals of Brazil and Spain, as well as important American cultural centers, including New York City and Washington, DC. The duo’s first recording, “Parcerias” (Partnerships) was released in 2014 and features special guests, mandolin virtuoso Dudu Maia, percussionist Alexandre Lora, and the winner of seven consecutive Jazz Journalists Association “Clarinetist of the Year” awards, the Israeli multi-instrumentalist, Anat Cohen.

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