Breathtakingly beautiful sound of bandoneon
Enjoy cocktails in the hall at the modern and Très Chic venue . Hear the Orchestra perform Ástor Piazzolla's seductive The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.
Ãstor Piazzolla (March 11, 1921 July 4, 1992) was an Argentine tango composer and bandone player. His oeuvre revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. An excellent bandoneonist, he regularly performed his own compositions with different ensembles. He is known in his native land as "El Gran Ãstor" ("The Great Ãstor").
Born in Argentina in 1921 to immigrant Italian parents, Piazzolla spent most of his childhood with his family in New York City. While there, he started playing the bandoneon, quickly rising to the status of child prodigy. He returned to Argentina, where strictly traditional tango still reigned, and played in night clubs with a series of groups. .
Piazzolla's nuevo tango was distinct from the traditional tango in its incorporation of elements of jazz, its use of extended harmonies and dissonance, its use of counterpoint, and its ventures into extended compositional forms. Piazzolla also introduced new instruments that were not used in the traditional tango, including the flute, saxophone, electric guitar, electronic instruments, and a full jazz/rock drum kit.
Biographers estimate that Piazzolla wrote around 3,000 pieces and recorded around 500