01/08/2017 Culture

Homage to Piazzolla in the Chamber of Deputies of Buenos Aires

The show "Piazzolla, the tango revolutionary" proposes a tour of the work of the great bandoneonist and will be located in the Hall of Lost Steps of the legislative palace of Buenos Aires, in the city of La Plata. The exhibition will be open from Monday to Friday from 8 to 20 and Saturdays from 14 to 20 with free admission and will run until October 28.

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In addition, guided tours will be held on Wednesdays at 17, 18 and 19 hours in charge of the Fundación Industrias Culturales Argentinas (organizer of the presentation); and on Fridays, at 17 and 18 hours, by the Provincial Museum of Fine Arts Emilio Pettoruti in La Plata, Buenos Aires.

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As part of the homage, there will be talks by Laura Escalada, widow of the musician and president of the Astor Piazzolla Foundation; of Maria Susana Azzi, author of the exhaustive biography Piazzolla: her life and her music, and Julián Vat, saxophonist, flautist and director of the Quintet of the Astor Piazzolla Foundation, which will refer to the bandoneonist's work and legacy. While the musical performances will be performed by the duo Vat - Martinez and the Quintet of the Piazzolla Foundation.

 
 

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Multitalent Piazzolla

As well as a composer, Astor Piazzolla was an arranger, bandleader and virtuoso on the bandoneÛn (button accordion), tango's principal instrument. A full Piazzolla discography would include both his own early recordings of other people's music (a 1940s collaboration with Francisco Fiorentino stands out) and other people's recordings of his -- over a decade after his death, Piazzolla's star shows no sign of fading, with some of contemporary classical music's leading lights (the Kronos Quartet, Joanna MacGregor) among his music's most enthusiastic advocates.

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Piazzolla greatest hits

The greatest hits are certainly there -- 'Libertango', 'Adiós Nonino', 'Vuelvo al Sur'. So also are relative oddities such as a collaboration with jazz baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan from the 1974 album Summit, the early, fully-orchestrated 'Tres Minutos con la Realidad' or 'Golazo', a celebration of goal-scoring written for the 1978 Argentina-hosted World Cup.

A peculiar omission is that of anything from Tango Zero Hour, the 1986 album which Piazzolla himself considered his finest. In an ideal world, more singing would also have been nice (Roberto 'Polaco' Goyeneche on 'Vuelvo al Sur' is the only vocal outing). 

 
 

Photo: Chamber of Deputies Press/LANA

 

Photo: Chamber of Deputies Press/LANA

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