El Muro Tango
The performance of this ensemble was a real treat at the first edition of the festival. The musicians from Norway, Argentina and France will open our festival this year, and stay until the end as our “orchestra in residence”. The quartet will be accompanied by Argentine singer Omar Mollo, who has repeatedly won the Premio Gardel award and was nominated for the Latin Grammy.
TAXXI Tango XXI
TAXXI Tango XXI was founded by Pablo Gignoli after he finished his work with the Orquesta Típica Fernandez Fierro and moved from Buenos Aires to Paris. The music was shaped by the rebellious spirit of tango after the Argentinian economic crisis 20 years ago. However, Gignoli doesn’t want TAXXI’s music to be reduced to Argentina. It is the music of an urban tango group in Paris that could also manifest itself in other cities, where everything is fast and hectic and the unlikely happens. Music between Pugliese and Nirvana, although the traditional tangos of the golden era are not excluded, of course interpreted in a modern way. Tango music as an expression of the current time. Exciting.
Throughout its 20-year existence, the Quinteto Ángel has become one of the most well-known German tango ensembles. His repertoire includes classical tango pieces as well as works by Piazzolla. The recently released CD “Alma, corazón y vida” includes new arrangements and transcriptions from the golden age of tango: music by the orchestra of Aníbal Troilo, Piazzolla’s first Orquesta Típica as well as his Quinteto Nuevo Tango and by the Quinteto Real of Horacio Salgán. In the German tango journal Tangodanza the Quinteto is considered one of the best and most danceable ensembles of our times.
This duo from southern Italy, consisting of Antonio and Nicola Ippolito, has earned the reputation of sounding like an orchestra in enthusiastically acclaimed performances at major festivals such as Tarbes. They fill the room with piano and bandoneon as if they were accompanied by many more musicians. They accomplish this feat with both precision and feeling, guaranteeing that dancers’ hearts beat a little faster.
We like to remember the trio’s appearance at the first festival. The musicians have been working together for years, having previously played in several famous Argentinian ensembles. At this year’s festival they will also be accompanied by a violin and will perform as a quartet. They have a clear aim: that all of the dancers fill the Milonga dancefloor.
The name of the ensemble is derived from one of the very first tango quintets that featured a guitar: Horacio Salgan’s Quinteto Real. Salgan’s version of the “Ensueños” tango became one of the most popular pieces for quintets. The name is also an invitation for dancers to let themselves be carried away by the band’s subtle traditional tango arrangements. The members of Quinteto Ensueños play in various Argentinian, French and Belgian ensembles, often concertante, creating a flawless union of music and dance. Their repertoire consists entirely of traditional, danceable tangos. The arrangements are adaptations of the original versions by orchestras from the golden age of tango such as those led by Pugliese, Troilo, D’Arienzo and Di Sarli.
Tango Spleen Orquesta
This Argentinian-Italian septet was enthusiastically received at our last festival, which was reason enough to invite them back again. “Spleen” is melancholy. It is nostalgia from afar, affection for the home country and its traditions. “Spleen” is sadness and the ability to recognize it. It’s the feeling that something is missing – a fitting description of what the ensemble under the direction of pianist Mariano Speranza conveys to us with its music. It’s wonderful music to dance to, and you’ll soon have goosebumps when Mariano sings “Luna Cautiva”.
The Cuarteto SolTango embodies the new generation of authentic tango, combining the rich sound of a traditional orchestra with a dedication that only chamber music can offer. The four musicians play seductive arrangements that interpret a great variety of classical tango styles, ranging from Lucio Demare, Osvaldo Fresedo and Aníbal Troilo to the Tango Nuevo of Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Pugliese. Soon after its inception in 2008, the quartet was invited to perform at renowned classical music festivals such as those in Schleswig-Holstein and Oberstdorf. The invitation to play in Bayerischer Rundfunk’s BR-Klassik studio concerts only serves to underline the extraordinary quality of the ensemble. The new CD “Misión Tango” is highly recommended.
Bohemia Quinteto Tango
Still an insider tip in Europe, the Bohemia Quinteto Tango is now one of the hottest groups in Buenos Aires. The group’s popularity has been affirmed by performances at the largest and most famous milongas, such as Parakultural in Salón Canning, Yira Yira, La Viruta, Viejo Palermo and Bilongón. The ensemble’s piano, bandoneon, violin, cello and double bass are complemented by the wonderful Florencia Cozzani on vocals. Their interpretations of pieces by artists such as Pugliese, Di Sarli and Domingo Federico are an inspiration to dancers and listeners as well.
Orquesta Sorpresa La Locura
The finale, the musical treat, the quintessence. A surprise.
Maria Mondino, Buenos Aires/Berlin
Martin Le Pera, Bregenz
Sebastian Valencak, Innsbruck