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The Tango Connection: Explorations in Latin American Folk Traditions

Pablo Mainetti at Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College. Image: Roey Yohai.

December 18, 2014

Tango appears regularly in Music of the Americas' concerts. Recent tango shows include bandoneonist Pablo Mainetti with an all-star quintet including violinist Nick Danielson, guitarist Adam Tully, pianist Octavio Brunetti, and bassist Pedro Giraudo. The quintessential music of Buenos Aires is immediately recognizable for its inescapable passion and romance and has often been the inspiration for creative musical explorations, such as this flamenco version of Gardel's immortal classical Volver, presented by Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana in our series a few years ago, or Pipi Piazzolla's work with Escalandrum mixing it with jazz.

Gaspar Rodríguez and Francisco Orozco perform Gardel's Volver (Americas Society, 2012)


Escalandrum perform Piazzolla's Lunfardo (Americas Society, 2012)

In spring 2015, bassist Guirado returns to our series for a concert with Colombian vocalist Lucía Pulido, who brings her own vision of desperate love to the Americas Society on February 12 for "Canciones de Despecho," a Valentine's Day program of heartbreak. Pulido's style is not far removed from the passion of tango, and many of the boleros and waltzes in her repertoire were written in the 1950s and 1960s, at the same time as many of the great tango classics.

Lucía Pulido performs Etelvina Maldonado's Por qué me pegas at Lincoln Center.

Also this spring, Argentine folk sensations Luna Monti and Juan Quintero make their New York debut at Americas Society. Praised by the Argentine press for their "passion for Argentinean sounds, supported by strong technical and emotional knowledge" (Hecho en Buenos Aires), they expand on their native traditional folk music to include simple a capella vocal melodies accompanied by body percussion, as they do in Jorge Biagosch's Chacererita Mchiporodoble on their most recent duo album Después de Usted (2013).

Luna Monti and Juan Quintero perfrom Jorge Biagosch's Chacarerita Mchiporodoble with Koki and Pajarin Saavedra