A spell-binding burst of tango music and extra

Quinteto Astor Piazzolla. Photograph: Mauricio Velez

Music / Quinteto Astor Piazzolla. At The Avenue, March 15. Reviewed by LEN POWER.

QUINTETO Astor Piazzolla gave a spell-binding live performance at The Avenue. 

These 5 virtuoso soloists that make up Quinteto Astor Piazzolla have been touring the world and taking part in the music of legendary Argentinean composer, Astor Piazzolla.

Modelled on Piazzolla’s personal ’60s quintet, the ensemble was based by his widow, Laura Escalada Piazzolla, with the mission to guard and promote her late husband’s legacy.

Pablo Mainetti on tango music’s distinctive bandoneon instrument, Bárbara Varassi Pega on piano, Serdar Geldymuradov on violin, Armando de la Vega on guitar and Daniel Falasca on double bass make up this extraordinary group.

Piazzolla’s music is an unorthodox mixture of conventional tango, classical, jazz and common music equivalent to Neapolitan songs and klezmer.

With solely a quick introduction, the group performed one quantity after one other with no break. It was all Piazzolla’s distinctive music and there have been a few well-known objects introduced, however many of the live performance showcased much less acquainted works.

What was heard was spell-binding as these masterful musicians moved by the colorful repertoire of this extraordinary composer.

Whereas the music is complicated, it’s accessible and satisfying to take heed to. At instances fiery and passionate after which moody and reflective, it’s exhausting to guess the place every bit goes with the unexpectedly altering tempos. Driving, sensuous rhythms and delightful melodies shock and delight.

Every musician shows virtuosity with dominant solo moments throughout the works, however it’s when they’re taking part in collectively that magic is really created.

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The viewers appreciated their taking part in a lot that they returned for 2 encores.


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