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Tango 5: The Music of Astor Piazzolla

Date: 26 February 2009 Time: 7.30 pm

Tango 5, a newly formed group of leading musicians from the North West share a passion for the music of Astor Piazzolla - the Argentine tango composer who revolutionized traditional tango into a new style 'nuevo tango' by incorporating elements of jazz and classical music. Peter Lawson piano; James Manson double bass; David Routledge violin; Tom MacKinney guitar and Santiago Cimadevilla bandonéon will perform Piazzolla's evocative Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) along-side some of his greatest works, including the beautiful Soledad and energetic Michelangelo 70, finishing with the virtuosic Concerto Para Quinteto on Thursday 26th February at 7.30pm in the Great Hall, Lancaster University.

Tango 5's violinist David Routledge said:

"Piazzolla's music is heard more and more in concert halls around the world but often in various arrangements. This concert is a chance to hear the thrilling sound of the tango quintet, the ensemble for which most of the music was written and that Piazzolla himself felt most at home as a performer."

Tango music, rooted in the bordellos of Buenos Aires, is now frequently heard in the great concert halls of the world. When Piazzolla's Tango Nuevo hit the scene in the 1950s and 1960s it shocked the orthodox tango world. Later, world-wide acceptance led to the legendary concert in New York's Central Park to an audience of 4000. This is a rare opportunity to hear a programme of all Piazzolla in its original Tango Quintet form.


'Meet the Artists' in pre-concert conversation at 6.45pm in the Jack Hylton Music Room.

Tickets: £15.00, £12.50 (£12.50, £10.00 concessions) £6 Young person.

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Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Organising departments and research centres: Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts

Keyword: Music


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