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Lontano (http://www.lontano.co.uk/) arrived with considerable impact on the contemporary art music scene in 1976 when Cuban born conductor/composer Odaline de la Martinez and flautist Ingrid Culliford founded the group. Throughout the time since their unique approach has seen them achieve longevity as a force for change in new music.

Lontano perform and commission music by many of the most important figures in new music with a particular emphasis on living composers and women, mostly either British or Central/Southern American. These performances are given all over the world. 

Lontano have built an international reputation for the quality of their performances and their commitment to contemporary art music composers.

In 1992, they launched their own independent record label, LORELT (Lontano Records Ltd) which has also acquired a fine reputation for its commitment to promoting and supporting new music, summed up in their slogan "the future or music".