Tango Tour de Force
Professional. Polished. Pitch-perfect. Punctual. Last Saturday the Saint Lucia School of Music (SLSM) delighted patrons with a top class concert of Argentine Tango music. All artists were impressive but the stars were undoubtedly Lorena Guillen on vocals and her husband, Alejandro Rutty on bass guitar and on the new Bechstein grand piano.
Lorena Guillen is petite and pretty with an amazingly powerful voice that expressed every passion of the music, from the despair of being jilted to the joy of a child’s kite dancing in the wind. Imagine a Latin Edith Piaf but better! She and Rutty guided the appeciative audience through an ensemble of traditional Argentine Tango music: its humble beginnings in the 1910s in Buenos Aires, its evolution over the decades, the injection of young, new blood in the ‘70s. Each piece was interspersed with insights into the composers, many of them women, and the meaning of the lyrics. Rutty’s skill as a composer and arranger were demonstrated with the inclusion of two of his own pieces from “The Other Part of my Heart”.
An opening surprise was six year old David Melville performing “Little Sonata” and the Oscar Peterson “Jazz Etude”on the piano. He deserved the rapturous applause. Acclamation was also earned by the SLSM director, Richard Payne on piano plus other faculty heads and teachers: Marie Medina on violin, Wagner Trindade on guitar, Fernando Martinez Lopez on percussion, Lukas Hein on saxophone and Andreya Nicholson, voice. All was deftly compered by the articulate Gene Lawrence.
This benefit concert was the first performance in the SLSM’s new concert hall at the Golden Palm Event Centre in the Alfiona Plaza behind Rodney Heights Super J supermarket. The premises have been kindly donated to the School by Michael Chastanet. Sagicor is a major donor and the SLSM is keen to benefit from the generosity of other individuals and companies to maintain these prestige performances.
Fortunately for music afficionados, especially of the Latin genre, more concerts are planned for 2015. Details will be announced but patrons are advised to book early as this concert was a resounding success and future events are sure to be sold out.
Lorena Guillen thrilled her
audience at a St. Lucia School of Music event last