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The Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet Concert and Intro to Argentine Tango Dance Class
November 20 at 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Department of Music is thrilled to welcome the Latin GRAMMY Award winning Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet as artists in residence on November 20 and 21. The residency will include concerts, masterclasses, and a lecture, in Spanish, on the evolution of tango music and its connection to Argentine identity. The residency kicks off with a concert of original and classic tangos, followed by an introductory Argentine Tango dance class presented by master tango dancers Aja Fenn and Masha Abapolnikova. The culmination of the residency is a performance by the UMBC Symphony Orchestra, directed by Nell Flanders, with the Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet as featured soloists, performing tangos by Astor Piazzolla and Pedro Giraudo alongside the Estancia Dances by Alberto Ginastera and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony.
The Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet represents the evolution of tango from its roots in the traditional Orquesta típica through tango nuevo, as epitomized by Astor Piazzolla, to produce a contemporary tango that respects the past while looking to the future. The quartet’s fervent and virtuosic musical style combines the lush sound and rhythmic dynamism of Argentine tango with elements of American jazz and European classical music. In 2018 Giraudo’s album ‘Vigor Tanguero’ won the Latin GRAMMY award for ‘Best Tango Album.’
As bassist, composer and arranger, Pedro Giraudo’s biography includes two decades performing with the most important interpreters of tango. Among the many noteworthy events in his career, he recorded bass on Ruben Blades’s CD Tangos, which won a Grammy and a Latin Grammy. He has also performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Pablo Ziegler, Hector Del Curto, and Luis Bravo’s “Forever Tango.” The other members of the quartet are three of the most prominent musicians in the tango world: Nick Danielson (violin) is Assistant Concertmaster of the NYC Ballet Orchestra and enjoys a distinguished career in both the classical and tango worlds; Rodolfo Zanetti (bandoneón) is recognized as one of the most distinguished solo bandoneonists in the United States, performing at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center; Ahmed Alom (piano) has been considered a prodigy since the age of 14, winning numerous international prizes in piano competitions, and now lives in New York, where he continues to garner acclaim.
On Saturday, November 20 at 7 p.m. in Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall, the Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet will perform in concert, followed by an introductory Argentine Tango dance class.
The 8:30 p.m. class on Argentine Tango will be led by master tango dancers Aja Fenn and Masha Abapolnikova of Fábrica Tango. This workshop will accommodate both solo dancers and partners who live together. Participants will not be asked to dance with someone with whom they are not familiar. Soft-soled shoes or socks are mandatory for participation in this event. Fenn and Abapolnikova have served the Washington metropolitan area and the global tango community as teachers, performers and event organizers for conjointly 20 years. They have run popular milongas, brought high quality instructors to town, worked with musicians, built a non-profit, trained new teachers, appeared in documentaries and theater productions, and taught hundreds of people how to dance tango. Their student base spans the full spectrum from beginner to teachers-in-training. During their time in the non-profit sector they served populations such as veterans, seniors, kids and the LGBTQ+ community.
Admission (includes both events): $20 general, $10 senior citizens (55+), and $5 for students. Please visit here to reserve tickets.
Additional residency events include:
Sunday, November 21, 4:30 p.m. — El tango y su evolución como expresión de identidad/Tango and its Evolution as an Expression of Identity
Sunday, November 21, 7:30 p.m. — UMBC Symphony Orchestra with The Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet
This residency is made possible by support from the Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA), the Department of Dance, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication, and the Latinx and Hispanic Faculty Association.
Photo: Federico Rodriguez Caldentey