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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on August 1st, 2013
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)

PABLO ZIEGLER’S ‘TANGO CONEXION’ BACK AT BIRDLAND

Tango with great artistry and excitement … this is a great project !

Special Guest: STEFON HARRIS

July 30 – August 3, 2013


PABLO ZIEGLER, the Argentinian, Latin Grammy Award winning Tango/Jazz legend. He returned to Birdland for the third year with an exciting ensemble, July 30 – August 3, 2013.

His Quartet is rounded this time by WALTER CASTRO on Bandoneon, flown in for free, from Buenos Aires, as a contribution, by Delta Airlines, CLAUDIO RAGAZZI on Guitar, and PEDRO GIRAUDO on Bass (who has his own jazz band that will perform Sunday August 11th in two sets – 9pm and 11pm). Add to this special guests – Classical Cellist JISOO OK (who is a Julliard graduate and in private life is the wife of the missing bandeonist who is now performing in California) and Jazz Vibist STEFON HARRIS. Tango Conexion is Produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta.

ZIEGLER is a Composer/Pianist/Arranger who toured with the great Argentinian musician Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) in the 80’s, his prowess is behind the piano and his compositional talent created this most interesting ensemble program, a program mix of Piazzolla and Ziegler.

“Mr. Ziegler is the greatest living exponent of Nuevo says ‘All About Jazz,’ Ziegler brings a sense of passion and surprise to every one of his solos.” His just released CD with the Metropole Orkest of Amsterdam has been receiving raves from all the critics with Critical Jazz calling it β€œan inspiring release proving that the brilliance of New Tango did not die with Astor Piazzolla, but instead has been reinvented under the skillful hands of the great Pablo Ziegler.”

Ziegler’s majestic flair dazzles audiences on piano in the center of it all. Special arrangements have been written for cello taking the music into a breathtaking arena of ‘Tango Meets Classical” with sensual rhythms – excellently performed here by Ms. Jisoo Ok – who amazingly fitted herself into the Argentinian spirit that she obviously loves. Then Stefon Harris, billed as a Special Guest, dominates the stage with the vibraphone and improvises upon Ziegler’s charts taking Tango sounds deep into Jazz and all the excitement that this brings.

When we watched this on opening night the audience was in large part elderly Argentinian and young people that seemed to have come from Julliard School of Music. The first time I listened to Ziegler – it was many years ago in Buenos Aires – at a time of banking crisis – but he had his interested audience nevertheless.

The program included 9 numbers:
1. Once again Milonga.
2. La Fundicion Portena
3. La Muchacha – Milonga el Viento highlights the guitar
4. La Comparsda – a traditional tango higlighting the bandeon
5. Milonga del Adios that was performed by the Cellist
6.Michelangelo 4D for the Vibraphone
7. Burnos Aires Report that highlights the bass
8. Blues Porteno
9. Fuga Y misterio with everybody.

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This can still be caught at Birdland – New York City – to the end of this week – two shows daily.

315 W. 44th Street

Shows: 8:30 & 11:00 pm

Reservations: 212-581-3080 or www.birdlandjazz.com

Full dinner menu – and we enjoyed the food. But we hate to note as well for those that still need it against our advice – Parking is available nearby.

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