Fareed Haque, KAIA String Quartet



Wednesday, October 24
Old Town School of Folk Music, Maurer Hall

New Latin American Music for Guitar and String Quartet

CD Release Concert presented in collaboration by Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago Latino Music Festival & Delmark Records

Synopsis, Program & Biography


Guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque and the Kaia String Quartet, a rising star among American chamber ensembles, shine together in pieces by Latin American masters, from Astor Piazzolla to Eduardo Angulo and to Leo Brouwer, from Afro-Cuban to tango, from the Caribbean and Mexico to the Río de la Plata. This album gives a new flavor to jazz, Latino and chamber music. Fareed Haque’s formidable experience in those fields in combination with Kaia’s luxurious sound and the quartet’s devotion to Latin American music blossom together in one of the unmistakable albums of the year.


New Latin American Music for Guitar and String Quartet

Excerpts from 5 Tango Sensations – Astor Piazzolla, Arranged for Guitar by F. Haque
I Asleep
II Loving
IV Despertar
V Fear

Concierto no 2 “El alevín” (The Minnow) – Eduardo Ángulo
II Andante
I Allegro Assai

Heitor Villa-lobos

Cadenza from Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra.

Music of Franz Casseus
Seranade Lointaine
Dance of the Hounsies

Fareed Haque, Guitar

Cayengue – Elbio Barilari

Quinteto for Guitar and Strings – Leo Brouwer
I Allegro
III Allegro Assai


Fareed Haque – Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation. Born in 1963 to a Pakistani father and Chilean mother, Fareed’s extensive travels, with especially long stays in Spain, France, Iran, Pakistan, and Chile exposed Haque to different music from a very early age. This natural eclecticism has become the hallmark of Haque’s music, but it was repeated visits to Von Freeman’s Chicago jam sessions that gave Haque the grounding in the Chicago blues and jazz tradition.

KAIA String Quartet- KAIA String Quartet is a Chicago-based ensemble devoted to capturing the essence of Latin American culture through the medium of the string quartet. KAIA is currently in residency with WFMT Chicago’s classical and arts radio station where they perform, curate, and expose audiences to new ways of thinking about Latin American music. The quartet recently toured Uruguay and Argentina in support of their latest work, QUARTANGO, an album featuring all tangos from the Rio de la Plata.