headlining from Buenos Aires, hot Latin American & Argentine Folklore Tango
With guest artist Bertram Levy from Tangoheart on the bandoneon
Saturday, April 25 @ 7:30
$25 Adults /$14 Youth
TRIBUTE TO THE ARGENTINE TANGO AND FOLKLORE PIANISTS
The Argentine popular music, and more specifically tango and folklore have always been among their composers wonderful pianists. Brilliantly intuitive musicians, and many of them with high academic training. Claudio Mendez remakes in this concert some of the iconic themes and lesser known of these authors as a tribute to their work and the contribution they have made to the culture of Argentina and the universal piano literature. And thus proposes a meeting with Adolfo Abalos, Horacio Salgán, Ariel Ramirez, Hector Stamponi, Carlos Guastavino, J.Carlos Cobian and Mariano Mores among others. A special form of walking through different territories of Argentina music on a journey into this great little cosmos that is the sound of the piano.
Pianist, composer and arranger. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1957.
In the '80s he founded the new tango group "Nuevos Aires". His aesthetics caught the attention of Astor Piazzolla who gave him his unpublished composition "500 Motivaciones". In 2001, with vocal group Opus Cuatro, he won the “Carlos Gardel Award” for “Best Tango Orchestra” with the CD "Tangos, Valses y Milongas".
Since then, he integrates a tango duo with guitarist Daniel Gómez, with whom he has traveled on international tours presenting workshops and performing in concerts in Chile, Ecuador, Europe and the USA. They has recorded three CDs: "Tango Nuestro," "Tangueros" and "Milonga Cromada". Currently continues his activity with the duo Gomez-Mendez and with CUATRO DE A DOS quartet. And also with his solo career in piano, performing his own compositions and Argentine tango and folklore concerts in Argentina, USA and Europe.
Since 2013 he joined the project fado "Luz de lágrima" with singer Gabriela González López with whom he recorded the CD "Fado Secreto" and performed concerts in Buenos Aires, and two tours to Spain and France playing in Madrid, Barcelona, A Coruña, Burgos and Paris. He also played at Argentine Colegio Mayor Argentino de Madrid and at the Maison de l'Argentine in Paris sponsored by Argentine Government.
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