Druga Godba Festival- performance of the tango quintet Astorpia
published: July 31, 2007, recorded: May 2007, views: 504
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In recent times, Slovene musicians have been busy proving that they can successfully test themselves against virtually any style of music, traditional or classical. For several years now, tango has been a part of everyday life here, and its popularity keeps on growing. This new, tight and well-honed ensemble- most of whose members have classical music training- can undoubtedly contribute greatly to increasing the popularity of tango in Slovenia still further, but they also offer much more than just reinterpretations of the old Argentinian standards. Since the name Astorpia itself alludes to one of the most important *new tango* artists, Astor Piazzolla it should come as no surprise that we find five of his compositions on their first album MAR DEL PLATA, among them Libertango and Invierno Porteno, which have already become classics and make up part of a cycle dedicated to the four seasons. In addition to these pieces, which Astorpia manage to imbue with renewed vigour and freshness, their repertoire includes compositions by a number of other artists. They are not averse to playing wittily with the established rhythms of tango, not even to placing them in a Balkan context, in a similar way to composer Milos Simic. In one of their songs, the group take a different direction entirely with a fiery Czardas. Viva el Tango!
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