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Tango Lovers

by Quintango

QuinTango’s long-awaited 6th album offers 13 new arrangements combining intimately-voiced strings and piano, the bandoneon’s unbuttoned dance energy and a stunning 1930's tango from war-torn Poland.
Genre: Latin: Tango
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mi Buenos Aires Querido
2:44 album only
2. Inspiracion
5:05 album only
3. Una Noche De Garufa (feat. Emmanuel Trifilio)
3:06 album only
4. Romance De Barrio
3:16 album only
5. Ojos Negros
3:10 album only
6. Zorro Gris (feat. Emmanuel Trifilio)
2:28 album only
7. Tierra Querida
3:38 album only
8. La Trifulca (feat. Emmanuel Trifilio)
2:20 album only
9. El Entrerriano
4:34 album only
10. El Repique (feat. Emmanuel Trifilio)
2:22 album only
11. Piedra Libre
4:36 album only
12. To Ostatnia Niedziela (feat. Hanna Bondarewska & Emmanuel Trifilio)
4:23 album only
13. Tema Otonal
4:37 album only


Album Notes
QuinTango – two violins, cello, bass and piano – is a classically trained chamber quintet with a passion for tango. Nothing makes us happier than playing our hearts out for an appreciative audience, especially one unfamiliar with tango repertoire. We have performed in concert in twenty-one states and three continents. “Tango Lovers” is our sixth CD. So, you are asking, how did five classical musicians end up devoting themselves to tango repertoire and producing six tango CDs?

PRELUDE: It all started in 1994 in Holland when the DC-based group The Capitol Strings was touring Europe. The quartet members were Bruce Steeg (piano), Libby Blatt (cello/bass), David Johnson (flute), and me - Joan Singer (violin). In Den Haag we met a Dutch musician who was crazy about tango; he invited us to jam with his tango band. One crisp fall night in 1994 we gathered in a small apartment to play Astor Piazzolla’s “Soledad” – and our world was changed forever. (We put that arrangement of Soledad on two of our albums, “Secret Places” and “QuinTango Live!” by the way). As we boarded the train for Italy the next morning, our Dutch friend (Frits Von der Veen) loaded us up with tango tapes and scores. We spent two days on the train listening and by the time we got off in Firenze we were hopelessly in love.

QUINTANGO (1998). Back in the USA, Bruce, Libby and I called some friends and began working our way through our new pile of music. Soon I was going to the Library of Congress to research tango - and coming home with new arrangements. We put on our first tango concert in 1995. People started asking for a QuinTango CD. We got serious - rehearsed, found a name for the group, went into the recording studio and produced our first album, “QuinTango.” Someone in the White House heard it (Melinda Naumann Bates) and we were invited by President Clinton to do a Command Performance at the White House State Dinner for the President of Argentina. Sharing a dressing room with the SWAT team was almost as nerve-wracking as facing the floor-to-ceiling television cameras from around the world. We shared that performance with dancer Pablo Veron and Victoria, actor Robert Duva and Luciana, and Raul Jaruena, bandoneon, In spite of the fact it was day three of the impeachment hearings, the Clintons were gracious and complimentary. We floated. That year (1999) we made our first out-of-town tour (to Indiana) and played our first international festival (Costa Rica).

SECRET PLACES (2000). In 2000 our second album was released. Libby, Bruce and I proudly - and a bit naively - took it to Buenos Aires, where we had the good fortune to meet Maestros Osvaldo Berlingieri, the legendary tango pianist, and Julian Plaza, composer and bandoneonist. Maestro Plaza gave us three of his best known pieces (“Nocturna” and “Danzarin” appear on both “To Buenos Aires with Love” and “QuinTango Live!”; “Melancolico” will be on the next CD); Maestro Berlingieri agreed to arrange some traditional tangos for QuinTango soon after. Again, we found ourselves floating.

TO BUENOS AIRES WITH LOVE (2003). QuinTango’s third CD was inspired by the great musicians in Buenos Aires who shared their talents and tangos with us. Maestro Berlingieri coached us and even wrote a tango dedicated to us - “QuinTango.” (It appears on our third CD, “To Buenos Aires with Love.”) Everywhere people encouraged us and welcomed us. We returned to Buenos Aires several times, giving Command Performances twice for the American ambassador (Ambassador Lino Gutierrez). We started our famous Fans/Friends trips in response to audience members’ requests to travel with us to Buenos Aires. Sadly, at this point in the story, our founding pianist Bruce Steeg passed away. His parting gift was his studio recording of “Vida Mia,” a beautiful Berlingieri arrangement of the Osvaldo Fresedo classic (you can find it on “To Buenos Aires with Love”). Before passing, Bruce appointed the talented and charismatic pianist Jeffery Watson as his successor – and we kept the show on the road.

QUINTANGO LIVE! (2005). For eleven consecutive years May was QuinTango’s favorite month because on Memorial Day weekend we headed to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston and a house on the beach. For a week we divided our time between splashing in the waves and making a splash on stage at Footlight Players Theater. We fell in love with the wonderful folks we met there and with Charleston (Sullivan’s, Isle of Palms, Folly - we tried them all). We rehearsed new repertoire, partied with the dancers (Carina Losano, Anton Gazenbeek, Emilie Tobias, Harby Gonzalez, Erin Bolshakov) and produced our fourth CD “QuinTango Live!.” From 2000-2010 Piccolo Spoleto was the high point of our year.

TRIUNFAL (2008). As any of you knows who has played in a group or seen the movie "Quartet , a group goes through the same dramas as a family. Death, birth, finances, personnel conflicts all impacted us at one time or another. We survived by traveling a lot, working on new repertoire and, in 2008, producing our fifth CD “Triunfal.” We traded Piccolo Spoleto for the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in 2011 (thanks to festival directors Leslie Hyde and Sasha Katznelson). Our fans began asking for more trips, so we upped our international travel with Fans/Friends. We returned to Buenos Aires, performed with Nelson Pino in Uruguay and with Oscar Salaberry, Irma Field Cripe and Max Bosa in Costa Rica.

TANGO LOVERS (2014). We devoted all year (2013-14) to learning the repertoire for our sixth CD. Two pieces on this album have not been recorded previously -- “Piedra Libre,” a 2003 composition by Mauricio Marcelli, and “El Repique,” a milonga by Roberto Firpo from 1924 (if someone finds a recording of this, let us know; SADAIC listed it as inedita). We love both these pieces and are thrilled to make them available. Overall, this is our most complicated repertoire to date, thanks to our arrangers Osvaldo Berlingieri (four arrangements) and Mauricio Marcelli (four arrangements). String parts and piano solos are in tight harmonies, often in three-octave unisons (killers for string players), with virtuoso passages sprinkled liberally throughout. Fortunately, QuinTango’s new first violinist Eva Cappelletti-Chao and cellist Lukasz Szyrner, our amazing pianist Jeffery Watson and bassist Jon Nazdin (appointed by Libby Blatt when she retired in March 2013) brought A-game skills to the project. We all agreed this is serious, challenging chamber music, as well as great tango. Argentine bandoneonist Emmanuel Trifilio performed on four tracks, bringing his signature energy and authenticity. His contributions to this album as arranger, composer, and performer are tremendous. Finally, we ventured into new territory with a haunting 1930's Polish tango arranged by Argentine bassist and tanguero Pablo Aslan and slated to be the cornerstone of our concert about Eastern European immigration to Argentina. The dramatic voice you hear in the introduction is that of Hanna Bondarewska, a Polish actress living in the USA; the achingly beautiful bandoneon and violin music was composed by Emmanuel Trifilio.

Our gorgeous cover dancers, Victoria Sarquise & Federico Jorquera, share the stage with QuinTango often. Originally from Argentina, they are now in Tampa, Florida, where their tango business is thriving. The rest of our team has been with us from our first recording: originally from Uruguay, our graphic design guru is Jorge Kruger. Gantt Kushner handled recording and editing and Bill Wolf, mastering. These are the guys QuinTango cannot do without - they are the wind beneath our wings.

CD#7 - stay tuned! We are already working on this....so much great music, so little time.

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