Pi­az­zolla pas­sion

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The Austin Pi­az­zolla Quin­tet, which plays Gig Per­for­mance Space (1808 Sec­ond St.) at 7:30 p.m. on Satur­day, April 18, pays trib­ute to the great Ar­gen­tine mu­si­cian, As­tor Pi­az­zolla, who was born in 1921 and died in 1992. He stud­ied the ban­doneón from the age of eight and within a decade was per­form­ing with Aníbal Troilo’s renowned orches­tra. He con­tin­ued his stud­ies with Bartók and Stravin­sky. Dur­ing his ca­reer he ad­vanced the tango vo­cab­u­lary, cre­at­ing the “tango song”; com­posed sym­phonic works; and in­cor­po­rated elec­tric in­stru­ments into the mu­sic of his Con­junto Elec­tron­ico octet. The mem­bers of the Texas-based group are founder and vi­o­lin­ist James An­der­son, pi­anist Jonathan Geer, cel­list Tony Rogers, bassist Pat Har­ris, and Mike Mad­dux on ac­cor­dion and ban­doneón. They spe­cial­ize in pithy ar­range­ments of Pi­az­zolla’s orig­i­nal songs and their own com­po­si­tions. Im­pro­vi­sa­tion is a strong part of the group’s per­for­mance. “Much like jazz, if you only play what’s on the page, it lacks the pas­sion, per­sonal emo­tion, and sense of free­dom which it ab­so­lutely needs,” An­der­son says. Ad­mis­sion to the con­cert is $20; visit www.gigsantafe.com.

— P.W.

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