Astor Piazzolla wrote and performed some of the most affecting music of the 20th Century - rooted in the tango tradition but expanded and renewed by elements from European classical music, klezmer, and jazz. As a result, what was once dance music in Buenos Aires has become, reimagined by Piazzolla, part of the repertoire of chamber groups and symphonic orchestras around the world.
A new musical biography of the legendary Argentine composer is written by Lesley Karsten and Stephen Wadsworth, and stars Karsten and a musical quartert featuring JP Jofre (bandoneón), Brandt Frederiksen (piano), Nick Danielson (violin) and Pablo Aslan (bass).
WBGO morning host Gary Walker sat down recently with Karsten and Jofre to talk about the show and treat us with some numbers from the musical.
The show makes its debut July 30 and 31 at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center.