If you know the music of New Tango master Astor Piazzolla or better yet, if you are still wondering what all the noise is about, you might want to check the tribute to Piazzolla in the year of his centenary by the Koubek Center at Miami Dade College this Friday on Facebook @ KoubekCenter MDC at 8 p.m.
100 Years of Piazzolla, The Soul of New Tango, is a virtual show that features works from different periods of Piazzolla’s career, samples his film music, explores his global impact, and offers insights into the man and the composer. (Full disclosure here, I was part of the Koubek Center’s team that created and produced the program as the creative director.)
The show includes performances by the Quinteto Astor Piazzolla, of the Fundación Astor Piazzolla; bandoneon player and arranger David Alsina with a string quartet of Fellows of the New World Symphony; and bassist, arranger, and producer Pablo Aslan’s Mash-ish, an exploration of Piazzolla’s music from an intriguing perspective, featuring an Argentine/Brazilian ensemble performing from Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Vinalhaven, ME. The program also features personal reminiscences by Miami’s bandoneonist Miguel Arrabal, who played on choreographer and director Graciela Daniele’s Broadway show Dangerous Games, music by Astor Piazzolla, who conducted the rehearsals. Finally, the show also includes a clip from the film The Years of the Shark, a biography of Piazzolla featuring rare personal material, and an interview with its director Daniel Rosenfeld.
100 Years of Piazzolla, The Soul of New Tango will be available after Friday at the Koubek Center’s YouTube channel and Facebook @KoubekCenterMDC.