The Nicolás Castañeda Group is a musical project based on contemporary Colombian music. With traditional Colombian music as the structural foundation and with the influence of jazz, classical, and contemporary composition techniques, this group was founded in 2013 at Berklee College of Music. Since then, they have participated in different events such as the Outside the Box Festival in 2013 and performed at many venues around the Boston area as well. In 2014, Castañeda released his new musical production called “Renacer” (meaning reborn), which is a revolutionary project based on the Colombian musical language. Through his compositions and arrangements, Castañeda is showing a departure from Colombian music to Colombian contemporary music.
Born in Brazil but half Argentinean, Marina Maiztegui has experienced and learned a tremendous amount about both cultures and their music. Having lived in both the United States and France, she learned English and French and experienced both the European and North American musical cultures at a young age. Maiztegui moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music in 2011 after getting a scholarship. She has since been invited to perform and share the stage with renowned artists such as the legendary bossa nova composer Marcos Valle, the Peruvian singer-songwriter and two-time Latin Grammy Award–winning artist Susana Baca, and Alejandro Sanz, three-time Grammy winner and 16-time Latin Grammy winner.
Maiztegui has performed at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops and has also been featured in multiple music videos. In 2014, she joined the band Foreign Hues, with whom she performed at multiple festivals. Together they recorded an EP, which will be released in 2015, and they are planning a tour to support it. She also created a project with her own band where she composes music that they perform all around Boston. She is currently recording her EP and plans to release it at the end of 2015.
Watch the Nicolás Castañeda Group perform "Natalia":
Watch Maiztegui perform "Project Shades First Words":