Cosmopolitan Acoustic Music Variations

Compass Rose Quintet

Cosmopolitango (2007)

The Compass Rose Quintet is an acoustic ensemble that features four stringed instrument players and one percussionist. The mandolin, violin and guitar play the leading roles, performing rich melodic world music inspired by a wide range of elements, including South American dances, Spanish jota and bolero, French Gypsy swing, Moroccan griha, jazz, classical music and much more.

The Chicago-based virtuoso musicians have varied backgrounds, David Effgen (guitar) and Larry Howe (mandolin) grew up playing rock ’n roll together in Boston, only to end up neighbors in Chicago. Gary Cleland soon joined their Sunday morning sessions on bass, providing his classical and jazz background. Two additional musicians were added to complete the quintet: percussionist Atiba Y. Jali and violinist Andy Stees, who helped develop a world music variation of new acoustic American music.


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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.