Duo Charango, half Ciyadh Wells, half Jamie Monck, is a guitar duo aimed at challenging the notion of what a “classical” guitar duo can be. Ciyadh and Jamie unofficially formed while the pair was studying at the University of Louisville, where they received coachings from Dr. Fred Speck. They officially became Duo Charango in 2018, and gave their first performances in the summer of 2019. The repertoire Duo Charango explores is music primarily of living composers from the Western Hemisphere, Clarice Assad and Javier Contreras. The duo is also very interested in creating brand new transcritpions of works by Arvo Pärt and Julius Eastman. One of Duo Charango’s most exciting ventures is their Neoteric Guitar Project, a commissioning project intending to expand the repertoire of the electric guitar duo. The group is commissioning three women of contrasting racial backgrounds to write brand new works to be premiered in 2020.