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.

Booking Enquiries t: 01524 594151

Booking online at: www.lancasterconcerts.co.uk

1. Tango 5 programme for 26th February

Tanguedia, Invierno Porteño, Milonga del Ángel, Nuestro Tiempo, Contrabajísimo, Soledad, Verano Porteño, Michelangelo 70, Otoño Porteño, Resurrección del Ángel, Primavera Porteño, Adiós Nonino, Concierto Para Quinteto.

2. Biography

Tango 5 brings together some of the finest musicians in the north of England alongside internationally acclaimed bandoneon player Santiago Cimadevilla to play the music of Astor Piazzolla in the ensemble for which it was originally intended. Their collective experience of performing to the highest level and a passion for the music of Piazzolla creates a freshness and spontaneity to bring the music alive.

Bandoneon - Santiago Cimadevilla was born in Buenos Aires and from a young age performed in several bands as a guitarist before studying classical piano at the Consevatorio Municipal Manuel de Falla. Having moved to the Netherlands in 1999, he taught himself the bandoneon and later studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory. He is currently a member of Flautango and the tango quintet Racing Club Tango with whom he performs across Europe as well as appearing as guest soloist with numerous orchestras.

Guitar - Tom McKinney studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Craig Ogden and Gordon Crosskey and since settling in the northwest has established himself as a versatile performer working with all the major orchestras. He is sought after as a new music specialist, often performing with the UK's leading groups such as Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Psappha, 10:10 and Continuum. As a founder member of the experimental group The house of Bedlam, this season he has played at the Cutting Edge and Huddersfield Festivals. Tom is also fanatical bird watcher.

Piano - Peter Lawson has appeared as soloist with orchestra, in recital or for the radio throughout the UK and in Europe, Japan and Russia. With a repertoire stretching from the baroque to contemporary jazz, his many commercial recordings include Satie (for EMI and awarded a Silver Disc), American Sonatas (Virgin Classics) and Michael Nyman's Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He works regularly with the Equivox Trio, is a senior tutor in piano at both Chetham's School of Music and the RNCM and is an examiner for the Associated Board.

Violin - David Routledge studied at the RNCM before choosing the diversity of a freelance career. He is currently a member and occasional leader of Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia Viva. He has made numerous broadcasts in this country and abroad as chamber musician and soloist as the violinist with Psappha as well as several recordings.

Double Bass - James Manson has been principal bass of the Northern Chamber Orchestra for sixteen years and works with all the major orchestras in the north as well as appearing regularly with the Scottish Ensemble. He appears on most of the NCO recordings (Naxos) and also enjoys working as a composer and arranger having written musicals for schools and jingles for BBC radio.

Event website:http://www.lancasterconcerts.co.uk
Who can attend:Anyone

Further Information

Organising departments and research centres:Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
  • Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA)
  • The LICA Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK