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The Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet: El tango y su evolución como expresión de identidad/Tango and its Evolution as an Expression of Identity
November 21, 2021 at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
The Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet presents “El tango y su evolución como expresión de identidad/Tango and its Evolution as an Expression of Identity.” This lecture demonstration traces the evolution of tango, including the musical forms of tango, milonga, and vals, as it relates to Argentine identity. The lecture will be presented entirely in Spanish.
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.
This event is free, but tickets will be required for admission. Tickets will be available to the general public on November 15 — please visit here to reserve a seat.
Additional residency events include:
Saturday, November 20, 7 p.m. — The Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet Concert and Intro to Argentine Tango Dance Class
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