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In their new release Tango Fado Duo (Sorel Classics), guitarist Pedro H. da Silva and bandoneonist Daniel Binelli explore the relationship between the sensuality of Argentine tango and the passion of Portuguese fado, interweaving the traditional sounds of their respective instruments. Although tango and fado originate from two distant countries and differ in rhythm and instrumentation, they are closely related in harmony, melody, and lyrical themes.
This performance is part of the Composers Now Festival.
Manhattan Camerata performs "Fado Magala" at (le) poisson rouge (2015).
About the artists
Internationally renowned composer, arranger and master of the bandoneon, Argentine musician Daniel Binelli tours extensively in concert and recital. Binelli is also widely acclaimed as the foremost exponent of the music of Astor Piazzolla. In 1989 Binelli joined Piazzolla's New Tango Sextet. Binelli’s collaborations include duo performances with pianist Polly Ferman and guitarist Eduardo Isaac, as well as the Binelli-Ferman-Isaac Trio. Binelli is the Musical Director of the Tango Metropolis Company, which was featured in the PBS documentary Tango: The Spirit of Argentina and in a BBC documentary on Astor Piazzolla’s life. Also in demand as a composer, Binelli has composed and arranged music for a diverse range of instruments, from chamber music to symphony orchestra, as well as dance and film music.
Pedro H. da Silva is an award-winning composer, guitarist, educator, and multi-instrumentalist whose umerous accolades include the 2015 ASCAP Plus Award. A professor of composition and classical guitar at New York University, da Silva is the Music Director of the Manhattan Camerata, which he co-founded with his wife, the composer and pianist Lucía Caruso. This chamber ensemble created and performs Transclassical, which celebrates and enhances classical music, incorporating elements from different cultures around the world in a variety of styles, genres, and instrumentations. The Manhattan Camerata counts as its members three Grammy nominees including Daniel Binelli. Pedro da Silva holds a doctorate in composition from the Manhattan School of Music.
About Composers Now Festival
The Composers Now Festival celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their musical contributions to our society. During the month of February, the Festival brings together dozens of performances presented by venues, ensembles, orchestras, opera companies, dance companies and many other innovative events throughout New York City. Experience the sounds and get to know the creators behind the music. From jazz to indie, from classical to electronic and beyond, join us on a sonic journey through the landscape of the arts of our time.
Composers Now is a project partner of The Fund for the City of New York.