Dúo de guitarras Umbral
Dúo de guitarras Umbral consists of Ignacio Correa and Sebastián Segarra and was formed in 2006 when together with Sergio Fernández Cabrera they worked on a few performances of chamber music.
These two Uruguayan guitarists want to spread Latin American music to the world and they have found their niche as musicians with a repertoire that requires both academic discipline and a serious approach to the style of folk art.
In 2008 they received the prize by the Concours Funds awarded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, which gave them the opportunity of giving concerts throughout Uruguay. Their intensive touring schedule of the past few years has ensured them being able to develop their own sound. They received even more recognition for their work in their country, that included receiving scholarships from the National Music Fund (Fondo Nacional de Música).
Sergio Fernández Cabrera has composed music for chamber and symphonic orchestras, choirs, theatre and dance. His outlook as composer and guitarist with regard to both folk and contemporary composed music have ensured he has always remained creative and continually in search of new challenges. He has incorporated the most important features of music of the Río de la Plata, such as milonga, tango and candombe, into the body of his work, in a manner which arrives at a perfect synthesis of various music genres which originally are quite different in nature, without excluding original and daring ideas.
Cabrera has also worked intensively as an arranger for several folk musicians and written adaptations for chamber music and symphonic orchestras.
Since 1980 he has given solo concert performances in Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, the United States, Spain and Israel and is often invited to both classical and jazz festivals. He has also performed his music with various orchestras that include the Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chicago’s Grand Park Symphony. In the meantime he has more than 20 CDs to his name as both soloist and composer/arranger.
Cabrera has received several awards as a composer, including the “International Composition Prize Isla de la Gomera IV Edition” (Spain) and the award for best composer of the second Festival of Instrumental Music (IMM-Montevideo). In 2007 he won the Uruguayan Ministry of Education and Culture’s competition with the project “Paisajes Iberoamericanos para guitarra y clave”. The National Music Fund (FONAM) and the Capital Fund for the Municipality of Montevideo (IMM) have commissioned him to set up and design musical projects.
Dúo de guitarras Umbral has one release on Saphrane Records: New Guitar Music from Uruguay.