CD Review: Tango Pacifico
Willamette Week review
Tango Pacifico: Re-creating 'nuevo tango'
The Oregonian reviews the new "Revirado" CD
Tango Pacifico is celebrating the release of their first CD "Revirado" featuring the works of Argentinean tango master Astor Piazzolla on Thursday, May 13 at 7:30pm at the Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland. The pieces will be performed as originally composed and intended for Piazzolla's own ensemble as part of Tango Pacifico's highly anticipated CD release party. The music of Astor Piazzolla has become increasingly ubiquitous in the concert halls of the world, yet it is rarely performed with the intended instrumentation or with such a high level of expertise outside of Argentina.
The Portland-based quintet was formed in 2001 by Oregon Symphony Assistant Concertmaster Erin Furbee, and includes Oregon Symphony bassist, Jeff Johnson, as well as top-notch local musicians Mika Sunago, piano, and John Mery, electric guitar. San Francisco-based musician Adrian Jost is featured on the principal instrument of tango, the bandoneon. Known to many as the "devil's box" for its difficulty, there are only a small number of technically proficient artitsts in the U.S., Adrian being one of these few.
Tango Pacifico has performed throughout the Portland area with Fear no Music, at the Tango vs.Samba show at the PNCA, at many Oregon Symphony events, with Pendulum Aerial Dance Theater, and for dancers at Tango Berretin. The ensemble members have studied this music extensively including numerous stints in Buenos Aires and have worked with Piazzolla's longtime friend, arranger, and cellist Jose Bragato.
The CD release concert on May 13th will include dancers from the local dance community followed by a CD signing/reception.
Tickets are $20/$15 Students and Seniors at the door. Call 971-645-8583 for more information.
Tango Pacifico will be continuing their CD Release Extravaganza by performing at Tango Berretin on Saturday, May 15 at 10:30pm. They will be performing dance music, with a short teaser set from their new CD.
They will also be performing for ArtBeat on Wednesday, May 12 at PCC Sylvania from 10-11am, free