Cantaré, Latin American Music is based in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.
The mission of the group is to offer a high-quality musical performance, that also informs audiences about Latin American geography, history and culture. This engaging educational approach has become very popular in schools, libraries, museums, government agencies and a variety of other public and private venues.
Cantaré is lead by vocalist Cecilia Esquivel and guitarist Dani Cortaza, both from Argentina. Vocals are accompanied by several live string and percussion instruments from Latin America plus bass, percussion and keyboard backing tracks.
A larger ensemble is available upon request. Additional members of Cantaré come from a core group of accomplished Latin musicians residing in the Washington Area, such as Martín Zúñiga, Bruno Lucini, Samuel Munguía, Leonardo Lucini, Gary Sosías, Julio Cuellar, Andrés Mallea, and Anamer Castrello, among others.
CantoSur is the concert version of the group, featuring pure music without the educational component. Suitable for concerts, private events, a restaurant, bar or lounge, etc. Please click on the CantoSur page on the right.
Washinton Area Music Association
- 2015 WAMMIE Nominee - Latin Instrumentalist, Dani Cortaza
- 2014 WAMMIE Nominee - Children's Music Duo, Cantaré
- 2014 WAMMIE Nominee - Children's Music Recording, Mucha Música
- 2014 WAMMIE Nominee - Latin Instrumentalist, Dani Cortaza
- 2014 WAMMIE Nominee - Latin Music Recording, Together/Oñondivé, Dani Cortaza
- 2008 WAMMIE Winner- Latin Vocalist, Cecilia Esquivel
- 2007 WAMMIE Winner- Latin Vocalist, Cecilia Esquivel
- 2006 WAMMIE Nominee - Latin Music Recording, Evaluna
- 2005 WAMMIE Nominee - Children's Music Duo, Cantaré
- 2005 WAMMIE Nominee - Children's Music Recording, Al Agua Pato
- 2004 WAMMIE Nominee - Children's Music Duo, Cantaré
- 2004 WAMMIE Nominee - Latin Music Duo/Group, Cantaré
- 2004 WAMMIE Winner- Latin Vocalist, Cecilia Esquivel
- 2003 WAMMIE Nominee - Children's Music Duo/Group, Cantaré
Parents' Choice Foundation
- 2006 Winner of a Parents’ Choice Award for Al Agua Pato CD
Cantaré, Latin American Music has released 4 recordings: three CDs for children – Baila para gozar (2002) and Al agua pato (2005) and Mucha Música (2014), one CD for adult audiences – Evaluna by Cantaré and Friends (2005).
In addition, in 2006 Cantaré recorded the companion CD for the award-winning book Arrorró mi niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games by renowned children's author and illustrator Lulu Delacre.
Cantaré is on the artist roster of:
Artivate (formerly Class Acts Arts)
Arts-in-Education and Community Outreach
The Washington Performing Arts Society
Concerts In Schools Program
Embassy Adoption Program
In-School Artist Residency Program
Enriching Experiences for Seniors Program