Off the page: Austin Pi­az­zolla Quin­tet

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The Austin Pi­az­zolla Quin­tet, which plays Gig Per­for­mance Space (1808 Sec­ond St.) at 7:30 p.m. Satur­day, April 15, hon­ors the mu­sic of Ar­gen­tine com­poser As­tor Pi­az­zolla. The eight-year-old band’s pas­sion­ate, fo­cused per­for­mances present in­no­va­tive ar­range­ments of Pi­az­zolla songs as well as orig­i­nal works, and im­pro­vi­sa­tion is part of the mix. The group, known in short as the APQ, has also been ac­tive in ed­u­ca­tion, teach­ing about the history of tango and its tech­niques. “The most dif­fi­cult as­pect of this mu­sic, after its tech­ni­cal chal­lenges, is that so lit­tle of it is ac­tu­ally on the page,” said group founder and vi­o­lin­ist James An­der­son. “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.” The group’s other mem­bers are Jonathan Geer, pi­ano; Pat Har­ris, bass; Mike Maddux, ac­cor­dion and ban­doneón; and Tony Rogers, cello. Ad­mis­sion is $20 at the door; Gig ad­vises that this is “a lis­ten­ing event, not a dance event.” See www.gig santafe.com for more in­for­ma­tion. — P.W.

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