|SENSACIONES Homenaje a Astor Piazzolla by Neofusión-Tango
A homage to Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla who died in 1992. Spanish Import which is only available in the Uk from Creighton's Collection. A fantastic recording.
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|Le Grand Tango
|L. de Pablo
|M. Ortega i Pujol
|Tango Concierto (violoncello) ***
|Impresionista-tango (acordeón y violoncello)
|Five tango sensations (acordeón y cuarteto de cuerda) - A. Piazzolla
|*** = Score available from Creighton's Collection
THE INFLUENCE OF TANGO
What is Tango? And how can we consider it? Serious or popular, classical or light? This form of music, more than perhaps any other kind in the twentieth century, has presented difficulties as to where to classify it. Meanwhile, on one side ragtime, jazz and blues, and on the other serial, neo-classical and impressionist music, cause no difficulty the Tango lies between two worlds. Perhaps, if it were not for the great figure of Astor Piazzolla - the ‘father’ of modern Argentinian music, there would not be so many problems! At the beginning it was not so difficult. As is generally known, with this term one describes an urban popular music of the River Plate region (Argentinian and Uruguayan) which was in the beginning basically a dance, and later gained ground as a song, and then as a purely instrumental expression. However, this man with enormous vision made a ‘musical revolution’ which changed all that the tango had represented. In the years since his death in 1992 his name has grown more and more: it awakens almost a mysticism with many followers and admirers. Piazzolla is who has given the tango a great respectability and a secure place in discographic productions, television and, of course, in the most prestigious concert halls in all of Europe, and in the North and South of America.
Francisco Javier Lopez Jason – accordionist, and David Johnstone – cellist, together with supporting colleagues, have present their individual homage to Astor Piazzolla, having started to develop an interest which coincided with the tenth anniversary of his death. They wish to honour the work of this talented composer with original and relaxing programmes, offering their respect to this musician and composer. Therefore it is normal that this disc should revolve around the tango, the all-important genre of the Argentine composer. Two works of Piazzolla, one a fundamental piece of his opus – Le Grand Tango (1982) – and another less well-known such is the 5 Tango Sensations (1989), are accompanied by compositions of Albéniz – Tango (in the form of a Habanera), Bragato – Impressionista (he was the favourite cellist of Piazzolla), Luis de Pablo – Tango (contemporary Spaniard – tango ‘avant-garde’), Miquel Ortega I Pujol – Tango (an outstanding Spanish orchestral conductor), and the special offering of the cellist David Johnstone – Tango Concierto. Except for the last three mentioned works, the performances change the bandoneón or piano for the accordion, reflecting something very essential in the style of Piazzolla, and in indeed in popular music – that of a quality musical adaption. So, here we have a journey of musical sensations around a form so individual as is the tango.
THE MUSICAL PATH OF NEOFUSION-TANGO
The Group ‘Neofusión’, originally based on the duo of accordion and cello, highlights the performance of original works, arrangements and other varied music production from the 2oth Century, and its original and ‘flashy’ repertoire certainly does not go unnoticed by the public. It is a formation of great versatility, especially worthy being the Neofusión-Tango Project organized with a string quartet and accordion.
In their first years of existence they have offered concerts in music festivals, town halls and music series, and have completed ambitious musical projects such as a tour of Morocco a tour of Britain (Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds), both organized by the Cervantes Institute of Spain, appearances in France and Italy, the launch of ‘Sensaciones’ (a C-D homage to Astor Piazzolla), the International Mediterranean Festival (Cartagena), and important premieres in the Musikaste Contemporary Music Festival Eresbil-Ereziak (Basque Country, Spain).
Another important undertaking has been the recording for national Spanish television ‘Tele Cinco’ (sound and image) of three special programmes featuring the music of David Johnstone, Javier Lopez Jaso and Martín Zalba. Recently B.B.C. Radio and Jazz F.M. have included special programmes of their versions of music by Piazzolla. There are also new premieres to be undertaken of works for the cello-accordion duo and for string quartet with accordion, adding to their actual repertoire.
|Accordion and Cello
|A0270 (Johnstone Music Cat. No. JM02CD)
|2002 (This edition 2008)
Neofusion started in the year 2000 as a result of the interest of Javier López Jaso and David Johnstone in the promotion of new music and of music in other fields during the past hundred years or so. They met as members of the Vasco-Navarre Composers Association, and as a result their principal objective is the involvement in the creation of new works which involve a close relationship between composer and performer.
This is an original concept always based around the accordion and cello which was until recently not considered by composers. The two artists have a well-proven experience on the concert platform who are working as soloists bringing the repertoire of their own instruments to the public. Their high level of musicianship shows itself in original compositions and transcriptions by both artists.
At the same time the base is versatile because in certain projects and according to the music performed they invite the collaboration of distinguished soloists, especially worthy being the Neofusion-Tango Project organized with a string quartet and accordion. In only two years of existence they have given concerts in music festivals, town halls and music series, including the Cartagena International Mediterranean Music Festival, the Government of Navarre (Artinex Festival and Cultur Festival) and concerts for the banking foundations Ibercaja and Vital Kutxa and many concerts in towns across Spain.
Neofusion recently have completed ambitious musical projects such as a tour of Morocco organized by the Cervantes Institute, the launch of ‘Sensaciones’ (a C-D homage to Astor Piazzolla) and important premieres in the Musikaste series Eresbil-Ereziak (Renteria, Basque Country, Spain). For 2003-04 they have Spanish concerts in Zaragoza, Huesca, Logroño, Barañain, San Sebastian, Alicante etc, and tours to Great Britain, France and Italy.
There are also new premieres to be undertaken of works for the cello-accordion duo and for string quartet with accordion.
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