Contracuarteto is a two-sax (and flute), piano-less, cooperative combo formed by four
young Chileans who, while keeping their roots in the great jazz tradition, are successfully
building and exploring its own repertoire.
Their most striking features are the passion and intensity they display on stage, as well
as their ESP synchronicity. About their notable zeal and deep affinity for the music, and
as living proof of the globalization of jazz, it should be noted that, although they have
already played internationally, the members of Contracuarteto became the musicians
they are today without leaving Chile.
As for their tightness as a band and their impressive ability to play and never drop the ball,
weaving single-note lines without the safety net of a piano or a guitar, the front- liners,
Andrés Pérez and Cristián Gallardo, have known each other and played together since they
were 11, whereas the rhythm machine supporting them, bass player Roberto C. Lecaros
and drummer Félix Lecaros, they are siblings and part of one of great musical dynasties in
Chile. The four of them also happen to be the top players in their respective instruments in
their country today.
Since it was formed in 2004, the band has gone from strenght to strengh: In August 2006
they were featured in a single-CD compilation of new Chilean Jazz. Later that year they
recorded their eponymous debut album, live in a local club, which granted them the hightest
praise as the best jazz group in Chile. In early 2007 they were the only chilean band to take
part in the annual International Jazz Festival in Providencia (Satiago), the largest and most
important jazz event in Chile. A few months later, Contracuarteto were finalists at the 29th
Jazz Hoeilaart Intern´t Contest in Belgium, the only Latin-American representatives aut 50
contestants from 15 different countries. Since then, Contracuarteto have hardly missed a
festival in Chile, and they have shared the stage with musicians such as the John Scofield
Trio, Al Di Meola, John Patitucci, Jeff Gardner, and Cindy Blackman among many others.
In 2008 they played at the 5th Recife Jazz Festival, in Brazil, where they dazzled the
audience, and in 2009 they performed in Perú and were the only Chilean band at the
International Jazz Festival in Buenos Aires (Argentina).
Currently they keep touring throughout Chile and neighbouring countries, and they are
working on their third CD, to be released around December/January.