In this exciting new concert program, tango maestro Pablo Ziegler - the Buenos Aires-born, Latin Grammy-winning pianist and composer who helped shape the modern tango - brings the rich Argentine musical tradition into a chamber music setting with Tango Suites.
The program features Ziegler's arrangement of his late, longtime collaborator Astor Piazzolla's iconic suite, Silfo y Ondina. Ziegler, who was pianist for Piazzolla for over a decade and played on many of his most iconic recordings, is widely regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Piazzolla's music. Ziegler pairs the Piazzolla suite with his own tango suite: Buenos Aires, a tribute to the city of his birth and the ground zero of tango music and dance. Finally, Ziegler presents his Rhapsody in Tango, a brand new chamber work inspired by Gershwin's famous Rhapsody in Blue.
Described by The New York Times as "rapturous," the Pablo Ziegler Quartet is a consummate ensemble featuring piano, bandoneon, cello and double bass. The quartet has headlined major engagements around the country, including Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Laguna Beach Music Festival, the La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, the Chautauqua Institution, Soka Performing Arts Center, Eastman School of Music, Brandeis University, and many others.
"No one embodies the art of the tango better."
Lincoln Journal Star
"His group maintains the essence of the new tango... astringent to sultry, gruff to tender, agitated to buoyant... balancing suave melodies with tense undercurrents."
The New York Times
"Ziegler’s music carries all the weighty seriousness of life, complete with all the carefree, improvised trappings of hope."
Savannah Morning News
"And then there’s Ziegler’s playing. He is cool, understated and makes everything look easy and natural, although those rumbling left hand figures, those clever glissandos are anything but. Just as a really suave tango dancer seems not to move with feet but on wheels, Ziegler skates the keyboard."
The Los Angeles Times
"Ziegler... plays straight from the beating, bleeding heart of nuevo tango, with its Argentinian mix of swagger and sweetness."
Pablo Ziegler Bio (long) - piano