Pablo Ziegler and Christopher O’Riley – Tango Nuevo
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
"O’Riley played so delicately that he seemingly left no fingerprints on the keys, yet his melodies sung out with sweet clarity."
- The Washington Post
"Ziegler... plays straight from the beating, bleeding heart of nuevo tango, with its Argentinian mix of swagger and sweetness."
- The Guardian
Tango Nuevo denotes a genre of Argentine music, founded and shepherded by Astor Piazzolla and Pablo Ziegler, in which traditional tango is blended with outside influences. Comprising compositions by both Piazzolla and Ziegler, Tango Nuevo is a love letter to the traditions and culture of Argentina, particularly to the city of Buenos Aires. O’Riley and Ziegler will perform from Tango Nuevo in this joint recital.
A longtime collaborator and mentee of the great Piazzolla, there is no one better suited than Ziegler to bring these works to life. O’Riley, a classical pianist who is unafraid to venture outside traditional genre boundaries, is the ideal partner for Ziegler in this endeavor. The two-piano works on Tango Nuevo take listeners on an imaginary journey through Argentina, celebrating the locales and participants of local tango culture. Some of these works also highlight the additional musical influences that Piazzolla and Ziegler folded into the Tango Nuevo style, from jazz melodies and harmonic structures, to classical forms and composers like J.S. Bach. Of course, the influence of the great master Piazzolla himself is keenly felt in Ziegler’s compositions and arrangements. Ziegler and O’Riley’s collaborative efforts are an homage to a vibrant musical culture; their own twists on the genre underscore how the Tango Nuevo style is still very much alive today.
The Tango Nuevo album is available internationally on September 9, 2016. It is Pablo Ziegler & Christopher O’Riley’s Steinway & Sons label debut.
About the Artists
For decades, the Buenos Aires-born pianist, composer and arranger Pablo Ziegler has been one of the most important figures in Argentine Nuevo Tango, the vibrant musical hybrid of classical music, tango and jazz. After performing in Astor Piazzolla’s legendary quintet for over a decade and appearing on iconic recordings including Tango: Zero Hour, La Camorra and Central Park Concert, Ziegler has led his own groups for over 20 years, refining and reimagining the bounds of the tango tradition. In addition to performing with his own groups, Ziegler has been a featured guest soloist with many major orchestras, playing his own compositions as well as the music of Piazzolla with the Colorado Symphony, the Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, the Presidential Orchestra of Turkey, the Charleston Symphony, Orpheus chamber orchestra, the Metropole Orkest in the Netherlands, and Jazz Sinfonica Orchestra in Brazil.
Acclaimed for his engaging and deeply committed performances, the pianist Christopher O’Riley is known to millions as the host of NPR’s From the Top. Now in his fifteenth year on air, O’Riley introduces the next generation of classical-music stars to almost a million listeners each week. He performs around the world and has garnered widespread praise for his untiring efforts to reach new audiences.
Christopher O’Riley has performed as a soloist with virtually all of the major American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony. In addition, he has performed recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.
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